DEAC West Coast Regional Meeting

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission, in conjunction with the Gemological Institute of America, will be hosting a West Coast Regional Meeting in Carlsbad this December! Join Dr. Leah Matthews, DEAC Executive Director, and special guest speaker Dr. Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz for a day-long meeting offering interactive discussions on topics unique to distance education. The meeting also presents the opportunity to network with DEAC staff and institutions, sharing best practices and ideas about accreditation.

This one-day meeting will take place Monday, December 10 at the Gemological Institute of America's World Headquarters in Carlsbad, California.

Register for the Meeting

Regional Meeting Agenda

Reserve a Hotel Room

Directions

Register for the Meeting

There is no cost for attending the regional meeting, but registration must be completed by Monday, December 3. Click here to register for the Meeting!
Please note, due to the nature of the meeting, a maximum of 25 attendees is permitted. Please limit registrations to no more than two attendees per institution.

Regional Meeting Agenda

The Regional Meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m., and conclude by 2:00 p.m. A working lunch will be served from noon - 1:00 p.m. After the meeting, there will be an optional tour of the GIA campus (lasting approximately 45 minutes).

The meeting will offer three sessions on the following topics:

ADA and Accessible Content
In this hands-on session we will discuss an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act as it pertains to educational institutions. Next, we will shift to practical ADA/accessibility applications. Please bring your laptop with Microsoft Office installed; we will walk step-by-step through how you can create Word documents, emails, PDFs and PowerPoint presentations that are ADA compliant or fully accessible to all students. When you leave this workshop, you will have accessible documents in-hand and the know-how to make all of your workplace and educational content and communications accessible to students with disabilities. (Please Note: This session will require a laptop with Microsoft Office - Word, PowerPoint, etc. - installed.)

Title IX and Student Success
Matters of Sexual Misconduct are reported more frequently as students and employees are better informed about Title IX issues nationwide. Distance Education institutions possess the same roles and responsibilities as they relate to Title IX/Sexual Misconduct as traditional brick-and-mortar schools. In this interactive session, we will discuss Title IX as means to achieve student success. Legal compliance is essential, but if we are approaching Title IX issues from a student-centered and success lens, issues are more surmountable and manageable. This workshop will cover Title IX requirements, how these relate to distance education institutions, and we will practice with some real-world scenarios that illustrate the complexities involved in cases on sexual misconduct and strategies to successfully approach these matters at your institution.

DEAC Accreditation Standards Under Review
The DEAC is undertaking a comprehensive review of its standards of accreditation and has engaged the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) to conduct an external assessment of DEAC's standards in relation to other recognized accrediting organizations. This session will cover the recommendations offered by NCHEMS and the standards the DEAC is considering for revision.

Reserve a Hotel Room

There is not a dedicated room block for the Regional Meeting, but there are several hotels near the GIA campus:

Directions

The GIA campus is located in Carlsbad, California, just a half-hour north of San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles. Please note, you will need to present a photo ID in order to access the campus, and only registered attendees will be permitted.

Don't Forget!

Bring a photo ID
When entering the campus, attendees will need to present a photo ID to security in the lobby in order to access the building. Additionally, only registered attendees will be permitted - substitutions are not allowed.

Remember your Laptop
The session on Accessible Content will be hands-on. To make the most of the session, attendees will need a laptop with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, etc.) installed.

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