The DEAC's 2022 Annual Conference will take place Sunday, April 24 - Tuesday, April 26, 2022, at The Alexander Hotel in Indianapolis.

The meeting will begin Sunday April 24, with registration and a welcome reception from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. There will be education sessions on Monday and Tuesday April 25 and 26, beginning at approximately 9:00 a.m. and ending at approximately 4:30 p.m. Monday and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. A continental breakfast will be served before the education sessions Monday and Tuesday, and lunch will be served both days as well. The meeting will end after the sessions conclude Tuesday.

The Conference will feature a keynote address from Peter Smith, author of Stories from the Educational Underground: The New Frontier for Learning and Work (Kendal Hunt, August 2021). Peter will focus on the need to recognize and affirm the talent of millions of Americans that are currently ignored by too many higher education institutions and employers. His message is as simple as it is powerful: The Covid-19 pandemic has brought America to a crossroads, a time when the needed radical reconstruction of the "opportunity ladder" in higher education is recognized and attainable. Dr. Smith contends that we are at an inflection point where we can and must end systemic discrimination in education after high school by creating a universally accessible post-secondary education eco-system for lifelong learning and work. 

The Conference will also feature a vibrant plenary session with Laurie G. Hillstock, who will present her research on evaluating the return on investment (ROI) in higher education. There is a growing amount of ROI information available about the costs and outcomes of individual institutions as well as growing skepticism about the value of a college education, whether offered through a traditional campus-based setting or via distance education. Dr. Hillstock will present a broader context on ROI by drawing upon the insights of institution leaders, distinguished experts, and our most important priority – the distance education student.  

In addition, the Conference program will include presentations from:

  • Mallory Dwinal-Palisch, CEO of Craft, will lead a roundtable discussion on building accurate, sustainable, and useful benchmark data collection systems that support institutional effectiveness practices.

  • Julie Basler, President of Platt College will draw upon her own experiences as an institution leader and share her strategies for building a more resilient organization, workplace wellbeing, and employee support structures.

  • Brad Card, CEO, Card and Associates will review current issues on the Hill within higher education politics, policy and accreditation and what we can expect in 2022.

  • Tom Goodhue, a former FTC trial lawyer and Brandon Sherman, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Secretary of Education will help institutions to understand their compliance obligations and ensure that marketing practices are compliant with laws and regulations. Mr. Goodhue and Mr. Sherman are part of Maynard Cooper. 

  • Jessica High and Michelle Donovan from Duane Morris will speak to privacy and security considerations for distance education institutions, to include a focus on proctoring practices.  

  • Emily Pettit, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Virtual Care Group will present approaches to student services that can lift student well-being, build resilience and ultimately support academic success.

The complete program will be available soon. In the meantime, please contact Rob Chalifoux, DEAC's Director of Media and Events, with any questions about the 2022 Annual Conference. 

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