2017 CAP Conference

Denver, Colorado
Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Welcome to the online registration website for 
CAP's 16th National Conference for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education:

Students First: Why Accelerated Teaching Modalities are the Future of Higher Education

SpringHill Suites Denver Downtown at MSU Denver

Pre-Conference Events: Tuesday, July 18th

Main Conference: July 19th & 20th


WEDNESDAY, July 19th, 2017

7:30am – 10:00am – On-site Registration

8:30 a.m. – Welcome and Introductions

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. –   Opening Keynote 

The Cave, The Cloud and The Friction of Terrain: Why Change in Higher Education is So Difficult to Achieve

John J. Donohue, Ph.D., Chief Academic and Development Officer, Synergis Education

9:45am - 10:00am
- Break

10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Roundtable Sessions – Series 1 (attend 1 of 3 options):

Option 1:  Continuation of Opening Plenary Session/Customized Q&A
John J. Donohue, Ph.D., Chief Academic and Development Officer, Synergis Education

Option 2
: Lead, Succeed, and Create Meaning: Loyola University's School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies' Growth Rate from 23 percent to 127 percent.

Walter Pearson, Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Loyola University Chicago

Option 3: Counseling Case Management to Improve Student Experience from Admission through Completion.
Maggi Franks, Manager, Fast Track Program, Harper College

10:50 - 11:00 a.m. Break/Movement

11:00 – 11:50 a.m.
Roundtable Sessions – Series 2 (attend 1 of 3 options):

Option 1: Saving and Growing a Program by Putting it in an Accelerated, Cohort-based Program
Maggi Franks, Manager, Fast Track Program, Harper College

Option 2: The Development of a Seamlessly Integrated Accelerated Doctoral Degree Program

Dr. Shawn Fitzgerald, Dean, Center for Education, School of Education, Hospitality and Continuing Studies, Widener University (USA)

Option 3: Sharing Ideas to Rise Above Faculty Resistance to Newer Teaching Modalities in Higher  Education

Nancy Sayre, D.H.Ed., Associate Professor, Associate Vice President, Innovative Learning, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Celebration Luncheon, Annual Awards Presentations, Election of New CAP Officers – All Welcome!

1:30 – 3:15 p.m.    Plenary Panel Discussion

Considerations When Transitioning LMS Platforms

David Lyons, Sr. Solutions Engineer, Canvas by Instructure

3:15 - 3:30pm - Break

3:30 – 4:30pm   CAP Quality Standards & the Definition of a Credit Hour 

In this time of accountability and scrutiny by many agencies, the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) created its Quality Standards for Accelerated Programs from its research and documentation of best practices. These standards provide a touchstone in the continuing quest for the highest possible quality in the programs provided in an accelerated format. This workshop will discuss each of the nine standard areas in detail with suggested documentation for institutions, and the definition of the credit hour in accelerated programs will be discussed.  CAP’s Model for Good Practice of Accelerated Programs in Higher Education, which was ratified by the CAP Executive Board in December 2011, will be shared and explained. The accelerated program leadership for any institution who is planning for a regional accreditation visit within the next year or wanting to compare their program to others across the U.S. should attend this session.

Tammy Shelton, 2015/2016 & 2016/2017 CAP Board Chair; Client Services Manager and Faculty Development Coordinator, Capital Education

4:30 – 5:00pm   
 Day 1 Wrap-Up/Discussion (Interaction, discussion, movement)

5:30 – 6:30pm    Welcome Reception! Please Join Us!       

                            Beer and/or wine, hot & cold hors d'oeuvres will be served. 

THURSDAY, July 20th, 2017

8:30am - 9:00 a.m. – On-Site Registration 

9:00 – 10:15am  -  Plenary Workshop Session

Call Them What They Are: The New Contemporary Student

Dr. Elisa Robyn, Academic Dean of the College of Contemporary Liberal Studies, Regis University

By adjusting the label from “non-traditional” to “contemporary,” institutional leaders can gain the footing necessary to begin examining the experience they deliver more analytically so they can take steps to create more immersive and responsive educational opportunities for these students.

10:15 – 10:30am        Break/Movement

10:30 - 11:30am     Plenary Workshop Session

Finding and Recruiting Prospective Online Students: Their Road to Enrollment

Alexa Poulin, EVP, Marketing and Digital Operations, Carnegie Communications
It's no secret that students are spending more time living in the online world: navigating the Web, searching, using mobile devices, consuming content, interacting on social platforms, and more. How can you make your online programs stand out, and how can you best identify and reach these prospective students? With so many different ways for students to engage with the digital experience of a school, it is essential to understand the contribution of each interaction on the road to reaching your enrollment goals. During this session, you will learn some of the key digital insights and strategies that reflect this distinct audience and how to leverage analytics points to understand the student journey. This will allow your school to develop new approaches or maximize ongoing campaigns, as well as determine ways to optimize your site to drive conversion.

 11:30 - 11:45am    Break/Movement

11:45 – 12:15pm      CAP World Café/Leadership Forum

Welcome to CAP’s World Café! Among our most popular annual events, this gathering provides an opportunity for participants to ask questions, and allows attendees to experience meaningful conversations on topics that matter to us in our work in accelerated learning and adult education. Pull up a chair at a CAP World Café Community table that calls to you. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a treat while you network with colleagues!

12:15pm – 1:30pm      Lunch (Provided) and Closing Plenary                                                           

A Higher Education SWOT Analysis

Doug Lederman, Editor & Co-Founder, Inside Higher Ed.

 1:30 – 2:00pm    Conference Closure, Appreciation, Door prizes         

                      Please stay – you don’t want to miss the fun!       


Contact Information

Payment Instructions

  • If you are paying by check, please register and send payment to:

    The Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP)
    Regis University
    Attn: Jeannie McCarron, P-8
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80221-1099

    If you need an invoice for a purchase order, please register and contact Jeannie McCarron at (303)964-5253 or jmccarro@regis.edu.
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