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An exciting feature of Innovations 2014 is the Master Seminar series, offering opportunities for conference attendees to engage with premiere leaders, scholars, writers, and researchers in the community college and higher education field. These presentations focus on the latest innovative programs, issues, and initiatives in community colleges, and provide direct connection with a community of learners dedicated to your areas of interest and professional development.

Each two-hour Master Seminar requires an additional $100 registration fee and should be reserved in advance. Register now to secure your place at these highly anticipated events. Space is limited.

Sunday Morning Master Seminars

8:30 - 10:30 AM

A Provocative Conversation About Access, Success, and Completion
Terry O'Banion

Allatia Harris

Participants in the seminar will be invited to join a provocative conversation facilitated by Terry O’Banion and Allatia Harris to explore questions such as: How are access, success, and completion connected? Is the access agenda in danger at community colleges? How does the student success pathway frame institutional strategic plans and individual student plans? How are community colleges creating a balance between workforce training and general education? Can we provide both bread and roses for our students? What really works to help students succeed? Complimentary copies of Terry O’Banion’s latest monograph, Access, Success, and Completion: A Primer for Community College Faculty, Administrators, Staff, and Trustees, will be given to each participant and used as a resource for the conversations.

Terry O'Banion, President Emeritus, League for Innovation in the Community College, AZ, and Chair, Graduate Faculty, National American University, SD

Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor, Strategic Initiatives, San Jacinto College District, TX

American Council on Education’s Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions: From Innovations to Impact, the Ongoing Efforts to Enhance Your Program
Tanya Ang

In an effort to disseminate innovative ideas, create collaboration, and help institutions determine what will make them veteran-friendly, ACE developed the Toolkit for Veteran Friendly Institutions ( in March 2012. The Toolkit identifies various solutions that have been successfully implemented and highlights real-world examples that can be replicated. In 2013, one year after its launch, ACE ran a survey of Toolkit users to determine how institutions were using the Toolkit and its impact on student veteran programs. Additionally, ACE recently launched a new and improved site. This presentation will report on the results from the survey showing where most institutions are focusing the majority of their efforts and the impact the Toolkit is having on institutions across the country. It will also discuss innovative ways of serving student veterans and demonstrate new features of the Toolkit, including the discussion forum and guest bloggers.

Tanya Ang, Associate Director of Veterans’ Programs, American Council on Education, DC


Sunday Afternoon Master Seminars

1:00 - 3:00 PM

Leadership: The Human Touch
John Roueche

Margaretta Mathis

Donald W. Cameron

The presenter, with decades of experience, expertise, and research, will emphasize the human skills needed to manage the community college of tomorrow. While we know much about the science of leadership, very little has been written about the soft skills required. There is absolutely nothing “soft” about one’s ability to motivate and inspire followers. As James McGregor has often observed, “Without followers, there is no leader.”

John Roueche, President, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University, TX

Margaretta Mathis, Senior Vice President, Roueche Graduate Center, National American University, TX

Don Cameron, President Emeritus, Guilford Technical Community College, NC, and Member, Community College Advisory Board, National American University, TX

Design Elements That Can Distinguish an Online Program
Stephen Ehrmann

The online marketplace is one in which students will have a choice among dozens, or even hundreds, of degree programs in the same general field. In such a market, online programs become a commodity, competing on price and marketing strategies because it’s difficult for potential students, their employers, and other stakeholders to assess the quality of a distant provider. Question: What program features do you think might help assure quality of learning outcomes, while also making the quality of that program compelling to potential students and others? We will discuss six such features, each already visible in a few online programs: a dream team of local and distant experts who shape the program; hybrid features (mix of online and face-to-face interaction); collaborating organizations/sites that support and define the program; options and customization that help motivate and teach diverse students in the same program; online features and practices to help people feel exceptionally connected and supported; and hybrid program features used to teach students to excel in a modern, hybrid workplace.

Stephen C. Ehrmann, Vice Provost, Teaching and Learning, and Associate Professor, Educational Technology Leadership, Graduate School of Education and Human Development, The George Washington University, DC

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