2015 National Conference

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2015 CAP Conference, Denver!

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Innovative Accelerated and Online Programs:

Shine in a Competitive Market!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 – Pre-Conference Events

August 5 & 6, 2015 – Main Conference


The Hospitality Learning Center
Metropolitan State University of Denver

Opening Keynote

Trends in Adult Education Websites:

How to Offer the Most Effective Online Experience

In 2011, JMH kicked off an initiative to explore adult education websites that serve non-traditional students. Now, four years later, JMH is ready to share our key takeaways and trends that we’ve seen from the millions of website visits tracked in this initiative. This session will explore:

  • Trends in mobile device usage and other interesting metrics
  • Shifts in how visitors find our sites and how they behave once there
  • How higher education administrators can better manage the visitor experience online
  • Learn how seasonal variations in website traffic can predict enrollment patterns

With more than two dozen participating institutions from across the US and Canada, this data set offers an unrivaled glimpse into the behavior of visitors to adult education websites. Don’t miss this chance to learn how those behaviors have changed and how you can offer a more effective online experience.

During the session, we’ll share the research results, interpret them, and then discuss how your department can apply these results to improve its operation using examples from participating sites. These trends can impact how we manage and market programs. Join us!

Nicole FNicoleoerschler Horn is the President of JMH Consulting – a higher education consulting firm that provides marketing, lead generation and enrollment management for universities across the country. Nicole’s passion is helping organizations clarify their vision and build straightforward strategies to meet goals. As President of JMH Consulting, Nicole oversees business development and the delivery of all client projects and has worked with top universities including Brown, Southern Methodist, and UC Irvine.

Plenary Session:
The Prairie Dog Conundrum:  Operational Effectiveness in the Competitive Innovative Market

Everyone is searching for the silver bullet or next big innovative idea in the higher education industry.  The question is not about what is next, but more importantly, is your organization equipped to adapt to the new innovative landscape?  This session will explore the strategies in operational effectiveness that will not only produce results, but also will equip institutions to survive in this ever-changing environment.

A seasonedRyan Spittal, D.B.A. higher education executive, strategic thinker and academic administrator, Dr. Ryan Spittal has provided leadership to areas of strategic expansion and non-residential learning on the campus of Olivet Nazarene University for more than a decade. As the Vice President for Strategic Expansion, Ryan oversees two regional centers and 265 learning locations in the state of Illinois along with five additional learning locations in the states of Indiana and Michigan. During Ryan’s leadership tenure, the University has expanded into the online market and now has online programs active in over 35 states. Producing 250 percent total revenue growth during his time as the Vice President, Ryan has provided a consistent financial model to subsidize and sustain campus operations.  Using his knowledge from his prior professional work as a senior international tax accountant for Arthur Andersen, LLP and Deloitte & Touche, LLP, Ryan is an entrepreneurial and visionary leader who has led the transformation of an adult and online organizational unit that has become the catalyst for innovative strategies at Olivet.  Ryan is also a partner with the Joseph Ryan Group, LLC, a firm that specializes in strategic advising to institutions of higher education.

Closing Plenary Presentation

How the Adult Brain Learns

As adult learners now make up the majority of U.S. students, it is more important than ever for educators who administer and teach in post-traditional programs to understand how the adult brain learns. This session examines how the adult brain learns and offers, first, suggestions for faculty in post-traditional programs to capitalize on this knowledge to maximize the effectiveness of their teaching; second, implications of this knowledge at the program level will be examined.

Dr. Friederichs will offer theoretical underpinnings and practical tips for brain-based teaching, as well as considerations for broader program-level application of this knowledge.

Dr. AllisFriederichs-BioPic-2015on Friederichs serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Denver’s college of professional and continuing studies, University College. Allison collaborates with faculty, academic directors, and other internal stakeholders to deliver a high-quality, value-driven academic experience to busy adults pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees and certificates.

Allison has taught communication courses for more than a decade at a wide array of institutions including the University of Denver, Regis University, and University College. In addition to teaching, Allison works as a curriculum design consultant and has appeared in publications, most recently a published article in the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is the recipient of an outstanding teaching award from the International Communication Association, and has earned University College’s Master Teacher designation for continued professional development.

In addition to her role in academia, Allison is a communication consultant, providing training across sectors from government to small businesses in areas such as business-writing skills, communication skills, and delegation. Allison is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of the University of Denver, the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce, and she serves her community by volunteering for the Denver Dumb Friends League as a copywriter and photographer.

  • Accelerated Programs 101 (For those newer to accelerated learning)
  • Honors Accelerated Programs 202 (For those more ‘veteran’ members of the accelerated learning community)
  • The Future of Higher Education
  • Working your way through the (enrollment) Funnel
  • How to Adjust Faculty Development for Online Deliveries


  • Preparing Learners for a Global Market: An Accelerated Dual Language Approach
  • The New Normal: How Adult Basic Education and Career & Technical Education Integrate-Advancing Low to Mid-skilled Adult Learners in Workforce and Education Training
  • Retaining First-Year Students in Accelerated Programs
  • Building an Innovative and Effective Accelerated Program
  • A Success Story: The Provost’s Scholars Program at the University of  South Florida
  •  Got PLA? Prior Learning Assessments for Accelerating Student
  •  Innovative practices in Accelerated Learning
  • Best Practices in Teaching Accelerated Courses
  • Open Table Discussion – for Veterans in Accelerated Programs
  • Open Table Discussion – for Newcomers to Accelerated Programs

2015 CAP Conference Fees:
                                                                                                                Member   Non-Member

Any 2-hour Pre-Conference event                                                   $50.00      $75.00

Attending a full day of Pre-Conference events                              $175.00      $270.00

Pre-Conference Accelerated Programs 101 or 202 only               $95.00      $149.00

2015 CAP Conference only                                                                 $450.00      $750.00

Register prior to June 15th and receive 10% off your entire registration fee!

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CAEL/CAP Webinar, June 10th, 2015

Thanks to all who joined us!

CAP/CAEL Webinar:

Thinking Differently:

Leading the Way with Student Care

June 10

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CDT

Sponsored by:


The need for clear recruitment communications has been well explored at most institutions, but what happens to all that effort once a student reaches the point of enrolling? As enrollment growth becomes even more critical, it is shocking that institutions have not focused more intentionally on the other element of enrollment – retention.

This webinar will set the stage for further discussion on your campus regarding the issue of student care over the lifecycle of the student. Focusing on creating a more seamless process for communication and support throughout the student lifecycle and keeping the student purposefully engaged throughout their experience. Starting with front-end recruitment communications and continuing on to explore continuous care strategies for currently enrolled students, this session is sure to leave you thinking about student care in an entirely different way.

Participants in this webinar will:

  • Review the benefits of a student care approach to retention
  • Explore the dramatic differences between recruitment process and retention process for most colleges and universities
  • Evaluate a suggested student care lifecycle map that can be used to lead the discussion on your campus
  • Consider sample communications that reinforce the student’s decision to enroll, build relationships by means of multiple touch-points, and celebrate success throughout the student lifecycle

Facilitated by:

BrendaDr . Brenda Harms is an experienced higher education administrator with a diverse marketing and admissions background. Her perspective on higher education marketing and recruitment is strengthened by her hands-on experience serving in both academic and administrative roles in Higher Education. During that time, she was also involved in the development and delivery of accelerated on-campus and online courses.

While Brenda’s primary interest is the recruitment and retention of adult and graduate students, her knowledge and experience relating to higher education has greatly benefited consulting projects focused on institutional marketing, enrollment management, academic program development, research projects, and overall institutional health. She is also an avid speaker, engaging participants at several national conferences, including the CIC, CASE, CAEL, UPCEA, ACHE, NABCA, and CAP. In addition to numerous White Papers, her book, Up to Speed: Marketing to Today’s Adult Student, was published in March 2010.

Brenda received a B.S. in allied health and an M.A. in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of South Dakota. She received her Ph.D. in Human Services with her dissertation focused specifically on adult student retention. Additionally she has led the development of a national study focused on the motivations and barriers for prospective adult students considering a return to college.

CAEL and CAP members save on registration! The cost to CAEL or CAP members is $185, or $345 for non-members. Click here to join CAEL or here to join CAP. Click here to register for this webinar.



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