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CCME 2015 Concurrent Sessions

Academic Institutional (AI) Portal and Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC) - Leveraging Technology to Support our Military Community
Presenter: Mike Allen, Director, Education and Training Program, BAM Technologies
Abstract: The DoD Academic Institution (AI) Portal assists our Military Community by providing educational information to the following members: Air Force, Civilian Acquisition Workforce, and Military Spouses. Recent changes to the AI Portal and AFVEC will be discussed as the Air Force looks to continually improve and automate functionality to make processes easier for the Airmen, Education Centers and our Academic Institutions.

Adult Learner Degree Completion Strategy: Complete Florida Initiative
Presenters: Pam Northrup, Ph.D., Executive Director, University of West Florida Innovation Institute; Marc Churchwell, Director, Military Veteran Resource Center, University of West Florida.
Abstract: Complete Florida is an exciting new strategy for the state of Florida providing focus on recruiting, retaining and recovering the state's adult learners who have stopped out of college. The goal is to provide pathways for these adults to return to college, complete their degree and expand their career options in areas of high need. Complete Florida will give priority to veterans or active duty members of the United States Armed Forces.

Addressing Changes To The DoD MOU Application
Presenter: Mike Stahl, Deputy Director, DANTES
Abstract: How can your institution remain ever vigilant regarding changes to the DoD MOU Application? DANTES will discuss the recent changes implemented to the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU website and software application process due to Change 3, DoD 1322.25, Voluntary Education Programs. This session will cover the process for submitting and signing an accurate, complete, DoD MOU application to prevent delays in the verification/approval process, as well as review of helpful website and application features for monitoring and tracking your DoD MOU.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) Simulation Technologies Providing Immediate Feedback To Students and Faculty in Online Programs
Presenters: Dale Crowe, faculty member, School of Advanced Studies at the University of Phoenix; Martin La Pierre, Independent consultant; Raquel Pesce, Mentor and Lead Instructor, Pre-Calculus Department, Florida Virtual School
Abstract: Student retention is at the forefront of higher education. There has been explosive growth in online degree offerings. Online learning can be a challenge due in part to remoteness and isolation from ground based student support systems. Service members, families, and veterans are especially vulnerable because of change of station or other factors. This session will offer examples of how to support students through the development and use of education specific AI simulation technologies.

Assisting Student Veterans in Their Transition: Two Successful Programs
Presenter: Shad Satterthwaite, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for University Outreach, Continuing Education Academic Programs, Oklahoma University
Abstract: Universities have become creative in trying to meet the needs of their student veterans and help them succeed in pursuing their goals of higher education. This presentation will focus on two such efforts: The Warrior-Scholar Project (WSP) out of Yale University and The Green Zone established by the University of Oklahoma. This will be followed by a discussion of how these and similar programs can be best utilized by institutions adopting them.

Badging: Empowering Service Members with Career Portability
Presenter: Peter Janzow, Business Development Manager, Acclaim
Abstract: Badges are digital, standardized, verifiable representations of the skills, interests, and achievements earned through real-world experience, academic outcomes, or other activities. The use of open badges in education and training is growing rapidly. Badges are emerging as an enhanced and respected form of professional credentials. The securely transmittable, digital profile within the badge provides an efficient way to connect, record, track, and communicate verified information about the individual and the skills accumulated throughout their lives.

Boots to Flip Flops - College Partners with IT Industry
Presenters: Radana Dvorak, Ph.D., Dean, Extended Learning Division, Saint Martin's University; Tina Ady, Ph.D., Dean Continental and Fort Hood Campuses, Central Texas College
Abstract: Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) is a new competency based initiative helping transitioning military members gain academic and job skills training that transcends jobs with Microsoft and other high tech partners. This presentation will focus on the program instruction being delivered by a four year university and a two year college in conjunction with student mentoring sessions provided by Microsoft.

Career Assessments and Counseling improve Career Decision-Making Self-Efficacy (CDMSE) among Active-Duty Military Personnel
Presenter: Michael Brennan, Education Services Officer, Fort Bragg
Abstract: Online career assessments and telephonic counseling is recommended as a viable technique for military education services specialists and counselors serving active-duty military personnel throughout the world where internet, email, and telephonic connectivity is available.

Collaborating To Bring Employer Defined Education and Services to Veterans
Presenter: Nancy Salzmann, Dean, School of Extended Education, Brandman University
Abstract: With grant funding, a partnership comprised of a university, community college, economic development agency, and nonprofit internship coordinator developed and provides coordinated education, internships, and veterans' services to prepare individuals for the IT workforce. The result - IT certificates and certifications, internship opportunities, and veterans' services. The beneficiaries - active military and vets translating their service training or building new skills to enter civilian career paths with education defined by the employers.

Competency Based Education 201: A degree alternative that values veteran knowledge, skills and abilities
Presenter; Glenn Worthington, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies, Brandman University; Sara Zaker, Ph.D., Instructional Designer, Brandman University; Jalin Brooks Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Business and Organizational Leadership, Brandman University; Rebecca Falkner, Esq. Director of State Authorization and Legal Affairs, Brandman University
Abstract: This presentation will build on the understanding of Competency Based Education (CBE) presented at the CCME Conference last year. The focus will be on how CBE may benefit veterans. CBE focuses on what the students know and can demonstrate rather than how many hours are spent in the classroom. The knowledge, skills and abilities acquired by members of our Armed Forces while serving make this type of program delivery an attractive alternative to the norm.

DANTES 101 - Everything You Wanted to Know about DANTES Products and How to Use Them
Presenter: Carol A. Berry, Ph.D., Director, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
Abstract: This interactive session, designed for the new counselor, will teach attendees about the various services and programs managed by DANTES, including the testing programs, SOC, Military Evaluations and the JST, Kuder Journey, distance learning program, Third Party Assessment, the DOD MOU, and the new DANTES website. It will further provide attendees with executable strategies and best practices for leveraging these programs and services to facilitate and accelerate servicemembers' educational experience.

DANTES Updates on the Joint Services Transcript (JST) and Way Ahead
Presenter: Sandra L. Winborne, Ph.D., DANTES, Laurine Anderson, JST; Michele Spires, American Council of Education
Abstract: DANTES conducted two surveys of stakeholder personnel at colleges and universities on their views for knowledge of and future enhancements of the JST. Several enhancements and technical improvements to the JST occurred since the program's inception. Take a look at the projected initiatives that include the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), United States Air Force Institute (USAFI), and future querying surveys that further identify areas of possible improvement.

Degree Maps facilitate veteran students' success! Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Campus' Best Practice!
Presenter: Jason M. Ruckert, Ph.D., Dean of Online Education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide; Tracey Richardson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide; James Marion, Ph.D., Program Chair and Assistant Professor, Master of Science in Project Management, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide
Abstract: This interactive session shares the university's creation and implementation of Degree Maps. This tool was created to simplify the official credit evaluation, personalize degree program requirements for each individual veteran, while encouraging the students to think long term. Quantitative evidence is shown suggesting students using these are more likely to enroll in programs, continue in programs, register for more classes per term, and have better graduation rates than those students who do not use one.

Discover the Shortcut to Meaningful Degree Completion by Maximizing Military Transfer Credit
Presenter: Jennifer Boyt, Assistant Registrar, Military Evaluations, Columbia College
Abstract: With increasing competition to move up the ranks in active duty, and a fierce job market for transitioning servicemembers, military and veteran students are looking to voluntary education to make their resume stand out. Many times, this means obtaining a college degree as quickly as possible. Learn how to maximize the award of transfer credit and utilize technology to ensure consistent accurate articulation in this session for those new to the evaluation process.

Embedding Active Military and Veterans into YOUR School!
Presenter: Joe Saitta, Program Director, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security, Columbia Southern University
Abstract: This participative workshop will examine how academic entities can use features from the military's ‘embedding of journalists' process to improve application, acceptance, and retention of active military and veterans into their institutions. Pertinent sociological theories will be related to current university activities, so that better practices will result. Attendees will be actively invited to participate and provide their real world experiences. A limited number of PowerPoint slides, with referenced citations, will be used to guide the workshop.

Evolution and Adaptation: Scaling Vet Support to Your Campus and Resources
Presenters: Rod Davis, Director of the Veterans Support Office of The Texas A&M University System; Wendy Lang, Director, Operation College Promise; Tanya Ang, Associate Director of Veterans' Programs, American Council on Education
Abstract: Universities and colleges across America post 9-11 found themselves rapidly booting up or creating veterans and military support programs. But all campuses are not the same. Their evolutions took markedly different paths. This session contrasts the experiences of large universities and systems with those of smaller ones and with community colleges. What adaptations work best to create student veteran success? What can all types of campuses, including online, learn from each other?

Exploring Third Spaces: Developing the Whole "Veteran Learner"
Presenter: Jeremy L. Carlton, Coordinator, Military Student Success, Fort Hays State University
Abstract: It is imperative that education service providers understand, create, and implement practices that best compliment today's dynamic veteran student learner. This interactive session will explore space, programming, and various initiatives, both past and present, that continue to be of benefit to developing the whole student veteran learner. There will also be a time to caucus and collectively share best practices at the end of the presentation.

Financial Literacy Conversations: Helping Students Manage their Resources Successfully
Presenter: Michelle Bates is a Student Aid Coordinator at The Pennsylvania State University
Abstract: What happens when you connect the Financial Literacy staff with the Student Aid Office? Great things! Assisting students through focused conversations about borrowing practices, workshops, peer mentoring and increasing awareness can help them manage their resources in a more effective manner. We'll examine best practices that The Pennsylvania State University has put into place to support not only the traditional students in residential programs but also non-traditional and distance learners through the World Campus.

GoArmyEd - Helping Soldiers Make Better School and Degree Choices
Presenter: Gregory Berger, GoArmyEd Branch Manager, Army Continuing Education System
Abstract: GoArmyEd is implementing an automated process that leverages business analytic tools, Department of Education's Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) data, supplemental school data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), O-NET interest inventory, MOS and values to career crosswalks, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) labor market forecast data, to create a set of relevant and reliable, individualized, best fit, degree and school recommendations for Soldiers to use in making choices.

How Many Veterans, Service-members And Dependents Do You Have On Your Campus - Tracking This Student Population Through The "Banner System"
Presenter: Ronnie White, Associate Director, G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery Center for America's Veterans
Abstract: This presentation will focus on how to track all veterans, service-members and dependents on your campus using the "Banner System". This tracking process can show you students enrolled by semester, students that have applied but not enrolled and all information about your veterans, service-members and dependents whether they are getting any GI Bill benefits or not. You can track any information that is captured in the "Banner System".

I'm Earning My Degree! Why Should I Care about Any Other Credentials?
Presenters: Marion Cain, Associate Director, Force Readiness and Training Directorate, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Readiness); Jonathan O. Woods, Ph.D., Education Program Analyst, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy; Ed Davin, Principle Analyst, Solutions for Information Design, LLC (SOLID)
Abstract: Implementing practices that exploit complementary features of degree and non-degree credentialing can enhance the civilian career prospects for some Service members and Veterans. The presentation identifies some available opportunities based on analysis of usage and cost data from the "laboratory" of military experience on: a) Registered Apprenticeship; b) professional certifications and licenses; and, c) Tuition Assistance. Rethinking this mix could position Service Members and institutions alike to better meet emerging needs in the labor market.

Impact of the Program Integrity Regulatory Rules on VolEd Institutions
Presenter: Michael Heberling, Ph.D., Chair, Leadership Studies, Center for Graduate Studies, Baker College
Abstract: The Department of Education issued a series of regulatory rules relating to program integrity. These include Gainful Employment, State Authorization, Report Cards, Credit Hour Definitions and Graduation/Default Rates. While these initiatives were primarily directed at the for-profit sector, the impact of these complex rules has been far reaching. A case can be made that the VolEd schools, be they public or private, are the most negatively impacted sector within higher education.

Innovation in the online classroom
Presenters: Robert Lee Gordon, Associate Professor, Transportation & Logistics Department, American Public University
Abstract: Research has shown that the more engaged students are, the more successful they will be online. To this end, creating a multi-media online classroom is a more successful means to engage students. The presentation shall discuss various innovations in the online classroom that can be created by online faculty members. The purpose of the presentation is to familiarize individuals with the various tools available that can be applied to online learning in order to enhance all types of online learning.

Innovations in Online Learning
Presenter: Karen Vignare, Ph.D., Vice Provost, the Center for Innovation in Learning, University of Maryland University College; Phil Ice, Ph.D., Research and Development, American Public University System
Abstract: This presentation provides the audience with an overview on how to capture the spirit and potential of MOOCs. There are opportunities to respond to national demands to reduce costs, improve student success and graduation, but we must explore the use of technologies. New applications provide opportunities to unbundle faculty roles, especially for students at risk. By coupling faculty with better feedback tools, online learning will improve in ways that simply offering a MOOC never could.

Innovative Practices for Integrating Social Media within Contemporary Military Education
Presenter: Margaret C. Stewart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Communication & Media Arts, Neumann University
Abstract: This presentation shares original, innovative techniques and effective practices for military educators to achieve two distinctive outcomes: (1) incorporate social media effectively into their teaching and learning engagements, and (2) promote responsible and effective social media use among students by creating and demonstrating appropriate social media presence. The goal for the implementation of these strategies is to empower educators to interact using social media, and promote collaborative use of platforms within their academic classrooms.

Latest Credentialing Initiatives: Leveraging Mission Priority, Resources and Funding Vehicles
Presenters: Lisa Lutz, President, SOLID, LLC; Steve Gonzalez, Assistant Director, National Economics Division, The American Legion; Jeffrey Lavender, Test Examiner, US Military Entrance Processing Command (MEPCOM); Sue Jackson, Director, Market Development, Government & Military, Pearson VUE
Abstract: Government and DoD leaders have commissioned taskforces and certification programs to combat high unemployment rates and accelerate transition success for veterans. Industry leaders will explain the process and share their experiences with: mapping of civilian certifications to military occupations; military programs designed to promote credentialing; advocacy efforts for continued and expanded federal funding of credentialing programs; and collaboration of Federal and state governments and credentialing bodies to improve career portability across state lines.

Learning by doing: competency-based education as a means to accelerate time to degree completion for the military student
Presenters: Aric Krause, Ph.D., Vice Provost & Dean of The Graduate School, University of Maryland University College; Matthew Prineas, Ph.D., Vice Provost & Dean of The Undergraduate School at University of Maryland College
Abstract: Traditional educational models focus on credit hours and seat-time as a measure of learner progress, competency-based models focus on the demonstration of learning mastery, with time as a variable. Competency - based models hold the promise of removing barriers for military students. This session presents the underlying principles of competency-based educational approaches, discusses some of the possible models, and explores how these can enable students to demonstrate knowledge, skills and abilities achieved through military service.

Make Presentations "Pop" Using Prezi in Online Group Work
Presenter: Bethanie L. Hansen, Ph.D., Faculty Director, School of Education, Associate Professor, American Public University Systems
Abstract: Group collaborative projects in online courses promote student engagement, enabling students to find meaning through collaborative learning activities and supportive relationships. Successful projects can be implemented using Prezi. Aspects that will be covered include designing and implementing group projects in online courses, coaching students for success, working with Prezi, and assessing individual and group products. Specific examples of group formation strategies, engagement methods, and project templates will provide guidance in developing online group projects.

Marketing Your Student Veterans for Employment: A Guide to the Language and Research that Supports Success
Presenter: Andy McCarty, Director of Veteran and Military Services, Northeastern University
Abstract: Veterans can offer employers much more than "leadership" and a "focus on the mission." As a well-informed advocate of hiring veterans, you will have a direct impact on the crisis of unemployment facing former military members. Learn the myriad qualities and employee virtues that veterans bring to the workplace as well as the science to back up the argument.

Navigating DoD Installation Access Requirements and Procedures
Presenters: Anthony Clarke, Education Program Analyst, Department of Defense Voluntary Education Programs Military Community and Family Policy, State Liaison Education Opportunities; Pamela King, Education Services Officer, Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield; Tom Smith, Program Manager, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) NAS Pensacola
Abstract: This presentation will inform educational institution representatives about the DoD installation access provisions of Change 3, Department of Defense Instruction (DoD) 1322.25. Change 3 presents a number of requirements that institutions may consider difficult to navigate, thus giving rise to institutional concerns about continued participation in military Tuition Assistance. Education advisors will attempt to ease concerns by sharing strategies used during the access request, review, and compliance monitoring process.

Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS) Automation Demonstration
Presenters: Tom Smith, Program Manager, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC), NAS Pensacola; Ernest D'Antonio, Director, Navy Voluntary Education Program, Center for Professional and Personal Development; Bill Gibson, Program Management, Navy College Management Information System, Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center
Abstract: Navy College Management Information System (NCMIS) is paramount in leading a seamless implementation of the DOD MOU. This session will provide a policy, execution and programing perspective of these changes. The major items covered are automation of degree completion, inputting grades for completed courses using the Grade Entry Application (GEAP). How this interacts with Wide Area Work Flow (WAWF), and the electronic payment process used by the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will also be discussed.

One-to-One Learning, Two-Way Benefit: Improving Course Success and Retention Through Online Tutoring
Presenters: Scott Bodfish, Associate Vice President, Market Research, Noel-Levitz; Susan Isaac, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, Georgia Military College; Sandi White, General Manager, Institutional Programs, Tutor.com
Abstract: One-size-fits-all instruction fails to meet the needs of diverse groups of learners, yet providing personalized supplemental academic support is a challenge. Noel Levitz, Georgia Military College and Tutor.com representatives will lead a discussion on the efficacy of one-to-one learning, and share results of a recent study of personalized learning. Evidence presented will demonstrate how colleges implemented one-to-one learning through live, online tutoring and realized significant benefits, including better student academic performance, motivation and continued enrollment.

Online vs. Face To Face Degrees for Veterans: What do Employers Think?
Presenter: Niccole Buckley, Assistant Chief Academic Officer and Dean, Mark Skousen School of Business, Grantham University
Abstract: Education of military service men and women is an important responsibility for post-secondary institutions. Due to the military person's transient lifestyle, a traditional education is not always possible. Much has been published on hiring authority's views of Veterans and Online versus on ground degree earners. What about employer view of Veterans with online versus on ground? Is there a difference? As Educators of military service individuals, is there something we should be aware of?

Open Educational Resources: Optimizing Student Learning while Lowering Student Costs
Presenter: Kara Van Dam, PhD, Vice Provost for the Learner & Faculty Experience, University of Maryland University College
Abstract: The Open Education Resources (OER) initiative at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) "the nation's largest non-profit public online university" replaces traditional publisher materials with free, online, open resources that better support student learning while reducing students' cost of attendance. Attendees will learn how to launch, curate, and scale an OER program with specific attention to ensuring resources are high quality, accessible, and supportive of student success.

Pathways to Military Student Success in the Classroom, a Faculty Exploratory Exercise
Presenter: Sara Ombres, Assistant Director, Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Worldwide Campus (CTLE-W)
Abstract: Do we provide ERAU faculty with enough military culture understanding to support the military community we serve? In order to address this concern, ERAU created our faculty development module entitled Working with and teaching Military Students. Topics covered in this module include working with military students, teaching on military installations, important questions to ask, and relevant university policies. This invaluable training allows ERAU to create a specific pathway to success for faculty and military students.

PLA and STEM: Acronyms for Student Success
Presenter: Kent Sever, Director, Learning Resources, North Lake College
Abstract: In order to address projected shortages U.S. college students earning degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), colleges need to take advantage of the asset that many of their students arriving on campus possess: prior learning, which can be measured by the various Prior Learning Assessments (PLA). The structure of this session will involve data focusing on the numbers of Veteran PLA students in the study, their exam scores, and their later success in STEM related classes. These figures will be compared to the grade point averages of traditional STEM students who entered NLC at the same time.

Practical Leadership Pearls - How to Win the War on Talent
Presenter: Mark Brouker, Ph.D., Divisional Vice President, Military Relations and Professional Development, Ashford University, Founder and CEO of Brouker Leadership Solutions
Abstract: Building and inspiring a powerful team is one of the most important roles of a leader. Uninspired teams will perform essential duties - but nothing more. Inspired teams perform essential duties but, more importantly, these teams will earnestly and proactively accept challenges and initiate effective change before the issue goes from "simple challenge" to "urgent crisis". This seminar will give the academic leader practical and easily applicable tools to build a truly inspired team.

Prior Learning Assessment: Examining College Level and Credit Worthy Learning
Presenters: Matt Bergman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Organizational Leadership and Learning, University of Louisville; Mark Casey B.A., M.Ed., Program Coordinator, University of Louisville
Abstract: This session presents a program of study that is designed to assist military and veteran adult learners with some college and no degree reach higher levels of baccalaureate attainment. The B.S. in Organizational Leadership and Learning at the University of Louisville balances the degree completion agenda with a curriculum that is relevant, rigorous and research based. The presenters will deliver a presentation incorporating adult learning theory and existing PLA research. Curriculum design, delivery, and measurement for evaluation of credit for prior learning assessment will be addressed. An interdisciplinary approach to curricular design will be taken to incorporate all members of the audience.

Re-engineering the Veteran Placement Process through Experiential Learning
Presenter: James Wilburn, Ph.D., Director for Military Academic Programs, Georgia Tech Professional Education
Abstract: Institutions of higher education are being asked to play a greater role in reducing veteran unemployment. With the approval of DoD instructions 1322.29, service members are now able to participate in experiential learning opportunities provided by institutions of higher education before they make the transition to the civilian workplace. This presentation examines the impact of DoD 1322.29 and introduces a program of implementation which currently maintains a 100% success rate for veteran student employment.

RESILIENCE FOR THE CLASSROOM AND BEYOND: Innovations in Educating and Empowering Military Students
Presenter: Major General Robert F. Dees, US Army, Retired, Director, Institute for Military Resilience, Liberty University
Abstract: Our nation's military members and their families face unique challenges as they navigate military service, invest in their future through higher education, and transition to civilian sector careers. This presentation highlights approaches to educating and empowering military students, as well as broad support to the military, including employment and education transition assistance. As well, we will discuss innovations in military resilience education which helps military members stay on azimuth with education and employment goals.

Retention and Graduation Rates for U.S. Military Servicemembers: A Multi-Institutional Cohort Trend Analysis
Presenters: Seth Kamen, SOC Assistant Director, Degree Network System, Servicemembers Opportunity College; Denise Nadasen, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Research, University of Maryland University College; Phil Ice, Ph.D., Vice President, Research and Development, American Public University System
Abstract: In 2011, the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) developed a white paper that provided recommendations on how to define military students in order to track educational outcomes. Using SOC's definition, participating institutions identified cohorts for incoming military students and tracked the enrollment and graduation status of students in each cohort for each year. Additionally, cohorts have been matched with National Student Clearinghouse data to gain a comprehensive picture of educational outcomes.

Rewarding Military Students with Academic Credit for Experience: Institutional Opportunities
Presenter: G. Wynn Berry, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of Program Development, American Public University System; Jolene Passut, Associate Vice President, Transfer Credit Department, American Public University System
Abstract: Participants will be able to, at the conclusion of the session, evaluate various American Council of Education (ACE) credit recommendations, expand internal institutional credit based ACE recommendations, implement a prior learning assessment program, and leverage technology for military student use of the above.

Rules of Engagement: Steps to Transforming your Student Experience Using a CRM
Presenters: Annastasia "Anna" Quilter, Director, Eastern Region, Military Partnerships, University of Maryland University College; Tiffany Winston, Director, Western Region, Military Partnerships, University of Maryland University College
Abstract: There has been an emphasis on creating a "one stop shop" for students. One location on campus, by phone or via email where students can go to get all of their questions answered. With the proper management of communication, this can be achieved. Documenting, organizing and controlling all student communication in one location, a CRM (Customer Relationship Database), can create that "one stop shop" feel. This session will detail how it can be done.

SOC Degree Network System Transformation
Presenters: Kathy Snead, Ed.D., SOC Director and Mr. Seth Kamen, Assistant Director for the SOC Degree Network System; Joyce Larson, Project Director, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Abstract: Effective fall 2014, the SOC Degree Network System transformed into a consolidated network system for Servicemembers and their family members in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. This session will explain the program changes and address institutional questions about how the transformation can impact college engagement in the SOC DNS.

SOC it to me: 2015 Changes to Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Programs
Presenter: Kathy Snead, Ed.D., SOC Director, Servicemembers Opportunity College; Seth Kamen, Assistant Director for the SOC Degree Network System
Abstract: This session will introduce the Voluntary Education community to program changes being implemented within Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges. SOC was created to provide educational opportunities for servicemembers who wish to pursue post-secondary education while serving their country. The session will identify and describe the program changes underway within SOC and engage the audience in a discussion of how their academic program offerings can be included in the new and expanding programs.

Student ID verification - Implementation Success Tips - Three Year Case Study Involving Over 25,000 Students From Central Texas College
Presenters: Jim Yeonopolus, Chief Executive Officer, Operations, Central Texas College; Jeff Maynard, CEO and Founder, Biometric Signature ID; Angela Reese, Professor and Online Manager, Business Administration and Paralegal Department, Central Texas College
Abstract: We all promote online classes yet we put little or no deterrent for students who have opportunity to cheat from 1000 web sites offering services for a fee. Participants will see examples of embedding authentication strategies into course activities and discuss technologies for authentication. Case study examples will be provided where BioSig-ID has been successfully implemented. A web demo will demonstrate how gesture biometrics works as well as the experience with thousands of students.

Tactics for Improving Civilian Faculty Communication with Military Students
Presenter: William Overton, Ph.D., Director of Faculty, Professor of English, American Military University
Abstract: A simple communications guide--including common military jargon, elements of respectful discourse among military personnel, assumptions made about organizational hierarchy, and recognition of military students' past and current experiences--can help civilian faculty relate better to their military students. Some issues that will be covered include defined roles and status, precision in rules of conduct, greetings along a vertical hierarchy, and respect for authority. Specific samples and templates will provide guidance for writing forum responses, e-mails, and assignment feedback, as well as interpreting military students' communication traits.

The 21st Century Student Veteran Support Center: Coordinating Mentors in Virtual and Interpersonal Space
Presenters: Barton Buechner, Ph.D., Professor, Military Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology; Dave Cass, CEO and founder, Uvize Inc.
Abstract: Student veterans are modern and tech savvy, and college veterans' centers should be too. We will facilitate a discussion on how technology and applied complex communication theory can serve as a force multiplier for campus veteran support staffs and lead to greater student success by giving student veterans the tools to develop a strategy for success; build a team engaging a diverse network of mentors, and translate service values and skills to the campus environment.

The American Council on Education (ACE): Demystifying the Military Evaluations Process
Presenters: Michele Spires, Director, Military Programs, American Council on Education; Dawn Light, Associate Director, Military Programs, American Council on Education
Abstract: Are you curious how the ACE military reviews are conducted, when they are conducted, and how it's all scheduled? Do you want to garner a better understanding of the integrity and rigor of the evaluations process? Come join the ACE staff and faculty to gather your Intel and to learn the details. This session will help you build a foundational understanding of the review process.

The American Council on Education (ACE): Dissecting the JST and Leveraging the Military Guide
Presenters: Michele Spires, Director, Military Programs, American Council on Education; Dawn Light, Associate Director, Military Programs, American Council on Education
Abstract: Are you handling the technical analysis of the Joint Services Transcript (JST) for your institution? Do you need some technical hands-on training to better manage your time reviewing transcripts? How are you using the Military Guide as a hand-in-glove resource tool? Come to this technical, hands-on session with your laptop or tablet, and sample transcripts. We will work through the details and the elements.

The Changing Educational Landscape - What Can We Do To Help The Service Member Make the Most of It?
Presenter: Carol A. Berry, Ph.D., Director, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
Abstract: There have been a lot of changes in the educational landscape, the specter of continued drawdown, the pressure to provide quality, comprehensive educational programs for service members to ease their transition in an environment of declining resources. By understanding our students, programs and services available, best practices of the Services, DANTES, and schools, we can help Service members and Veterans better navigate their way through, ensuring their future and the future of our Nation.

The COOLest Panel at CCME: Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) Initiatives
Presenters: Sandra L. Winborne, Ph.D., DANTES (Moderator); Pam Raymer, Ph.D., Chief, Army Continuing Education System; Fred Drummond, Navy Service Chief, CMSGST; Chivita Williams, Deputy Chief, Air Force Voluntary Education
Abstract: Credentialing has taken center-stage as a valuable and viable means of employment preparation for transitioning military members and veterans. Each branch of Service has or is preparing a Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) website offering important information to military personnel and veterans on licenses and certifications that relate to their military occupations. A panel representing each of the Services offers the latest information on this valuable program for service member professional development.

The Importance of Faculty Training: Serving Veterans in the Classroom
Presenters: Amy Sherman, Associate Vice President for Policy and Strategic Alliances, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL); Cheri Arfsten, Director of Military and Veterans Programs, Pikes Peak Community College
Abstract: This session will explore different strategies on how to raise faculty awareness about the contributions and potential challenges of student veterans in the classroom. Presenters will also discuss their collaboration on a national faculty training model. PCC created the SVAC bridges program to equip faculty to promote student veteran success and satisfaction. CAEL leads a successful statewide faculty training initiative. Learn what topics to cover, who should do the training and how to engage faculty.

The Importance of the ACMEs and How to Get Involved
Presenters: Michael Camden, Enrollment Coordinator, Hampton Roads, Troy University; Michael Midura, Military Alliance Executive, Colorado Technical University; Ellen Coleman, Associate Director for the Office of Military and Veterans Education, Thomas Edison State College; Nora Graves, Assistant Director, Norfolk Region, University of Maryland University College
Abstract: The ACMEs are a localized resource for Military/Dod Educators. They reflect the varied concerns and interests based on the community's needs and resources. This breakout session addresses how to define "success", how to stay viable, how to reach important and relevant speakers, how to set goals both short term and long term, and how to work together to provide a forum that both helps to connect and inform the Vol-Ed and legislative community.

The Keys to Compliance: DoD Voluntary Education Partnership MOU
Presenter: Jonathan O. Woods, Ph.D., Education Program Analyst, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy
Abstract: The Principles of Excellence (POE) as set forth in President Obama's Executive Order 13607, precipitated Change 3 of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU). Change 3 presents a number of requirements that institutions may consider difficult to understand, attain, and maintain. "The Keys to Compliance" is a presentation designed to allay concerns and provide guiding principles for institutions to ensure that they remain compliant with DoD MOU requirements.

The Military/Veteran Freshman: New Data from the 2013 CIRP Freshman Survey
Presenter: Lesley McBain, Ph.D., student, UCLA; Ellen Bara Stolzenberg, Assistant Director of the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP)
Abstract: This presentation provides new descriptive data on ROTC cadets and cadets/midshipmen at service academies, active-duty military students, and student veterans responding to the 2013 CIRP Freshman Survey, a national survey conducted for almost 50 years by the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)'s Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP). Attendees will learn more about respondents' self-reported demographic backgrounds, academic characteristics, future majors/career plans, and political and social views; they will also learn more about the survey itself.

The Navy's Credentialing Program: A Best Practice Approach in Credentialing our Military Members
Presenters: Keith Boring, Program Manager, Navy Credentialing Program and Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL); COL Ernest L. Ackiss III, Marine and Family Programs Division, Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Department, Headquarters, Marine Corps
Abstract: With the globalization of the world's economy, it's imperative that employers have a common nomenclature to assess the competencies of prospective employees. Employers increasingly rely on credentialing to do this. The military also recognizes credentialing as a means of communicating the transferability of military training and experience. This session will provide an overview of credentialing and present how the DON uses it to promote professional growth and help ensure seamless transitions to the civilian workforce.

The Role of Accrediting Agencies in Higher Education
Presenter: Anna T. Waggener, Ph.D., Vice Provost of Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation, Columbia Southern University
Abstract: The role of accrediting agencies in higher education strengthened after the 1983 A Nation at Risk report by the National Commission on Excellence in Education. These agencies responded by examining the rigor of faculty, students, and resources to improve student learning. Accountability consists of an institutional self-study, on-site evaluation visits, and a decision outcome of the review. Accredited status assures the American public that the education process is in compliance with continuous evaluation and improvement.

The State of State Authorization: Regulations and Reciprocity
Presenter: Marianne Boeke, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, NCHEMS; Angela Albritton, Director, Military and Government Relations, Worldwide Campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Russ Poulin, Interim Co-Executive Director, Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, WCET - WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Abstract: Even with the state authorization federal regulations being placed on "pause," states expect institutions to follow their laws and regulations before enrolling students. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) is the most promising way to ease the burden of institutions. This session will focus on pending federal regulations and provide an overview of SARA. In addition, participates will learn how colleges can better navigate and manage the state authorization process in regard to military students.

Transformative Learning and Moral Injury: Developmental Strategies in Higher Education for Healing, Transition, and Growth
Presenter: Barton Buechner, Ph.D., Professor, Military Psychology, Adler School of Professional Psychology
Abstract: There's a growing awareness that not all psychological aftereffects of military and combat service should be lumped under one category, "PTSD." "Moral Injury" is gaining acceptance to understanding transition difficulties. Principles of Transformative Learning and theories of social construction are used to examine described episodes of posttraumatic growth. Ideas are combined to discuss the impact of liberal education on experiences of moral injury, importance of continued development and growth in future employment.

Understanding Impact of Online Learning for the Military Student Population
Presenter: Karen Vignare, Ph.D., Vice Provost, University of Maryland University College; Kathy Snead, Ed.D., SOC Director, Servicemembers Opportunity College
Abstract: The Online Learning Journal recently published a special issue on serving those who serve. The response was overwhelming from authors who had both best practice papers and research on this growing segment of online learners. Far too little research has been published about military student population participation in online learning. The session will provide the highlights of what was learned and what we still need to know.

Using Military Core Values to Maintain Classroom Integrity
Presenter: William Overton, Ph.D., Director of Faculty, Professor of English, American Military University
Abstract: By compiling core values of the military branches, an effective, comprehensive guide can be built to help students maintain academic integrity in online classrooms. Values that are shared by different branches include honor, courage, and commitment. Combining other core military values could result in this list: integrity, respect, and loyalty. This composite list could be made part of each online classroom, in the initial announcement, course syllabus, and forum assignments. Grading rubrics could also contain the values relating to academic integrity.

Walking the Line Between Security and Convenience: Using Online Proctors
Presenters: Dave Dutra, Partnership Coordinator, ProctorU
Abstract: How can you be sure that someone taking an exam on the other side of the world is adhering to the guidelines put in place by your instructional staff? The presentation will demonstrate how instructors can help prevent or document cheating and ensure a secure, online testing environment, as well as verify the identities of students taking online tests in their homes, offices and other locations.

We Still Serve: Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) Turning Service members into IT Professionals!
Presenters: Thomas Dawkins, Sr., Product Manager, Microsoft Learning Experiences; MAJ Grace Kim, US Army Fellow at Microsoft; Dr. Radana Dvorak, Dean, Extended Learning Division, Saint Martin's University; Dr. Tiny Ady, Dean Continental and Fort Hood Campuses, Central Texas College, Fort Hood, TX
Abstract: The Microsoft Software and Systems Academy (MSSA) is a comprehensive venture between Microsoft, the Department of Defense Education Centers and academic institutions to provide transitioning military competency-based education and careers. Military applicants interview with Microsoft and/or its corporate partners following focused academic study in several IT Industries. Panel members will discuss program development, curriculum design, military partnerships/support, screening procedures, challenges facing transitioning military, Microsoft's commitment to military recruitment and the unique advantages to hiring veterans.

Who wants to start an ACME?
Presenter: Patti Hunt, Mid-South ACME President, Associate Director for the Military Department of Thomas Edison State College; Regina Watkins, Mid-South ACME Vice President, Campus Director, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide, Ft Campbell Campus; Kathleen Akers, Mid-South ACME Secretary, Director of Troy University, Clarksville, TN.; Allisha Lee, Mid-South ACME Historian/Logistics Manager, Director of Hopkinsville Community College, Ft Campbell
Abstract: Due to recent legislative changes, downsizing of the military, and increased competition in the higher education marketplace; now more than ever, it is increasingly important to focus on ethical practices and collaboration amongst DOD approved institutions. Implementing an ACME in your state/region is essential to promoting best practices to successfully meet DOD MOU standards; while remaining transparent for service members, veterans, and family members.

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