October, 2015 Webinar: Taking Online Discussions to the Next Level

Registration Open!

CAP Webinar:

Taking Online Discussions to the Next Level

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

2:00pm -3:15pm central time



Let’s take online discussions to the next level! This interactive session will showcase examples of some of the creative ways instructors from around the country have re-designed their online discussion board activities to increase both student engagement and student performance.  Participants will receive a list of new approaches and helpful tools to incorporate into their own courses and will be invited to share their own ideas and strategies for enhancing online discussions.



Elizabeth Jones is an instructional designer and the Manager of Instructional Excellence at Fox Valley Technical College.  She has more than fifteen years’ experience in higher education, with a special emphasis upon instructional innovation, adult learning, and technology.  Her instructional experience includes courses in writing, ethics, and law at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Before her teaching career, Elizabeth was a business lawyer and served as the president of a national learning software company.  Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence from Texas Tech University, and a Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design from U.W. Stout.

Webinar Fees:

                                 Member        Non-Member

Individual:             $125                $225

2-5 Individuals:    $190                $320

6+ Individuals:     $295                $450



If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Jeannie McCarron, CAP Director, at (303)964-5253 or jmccarro@regis.edu.

Board of Officers

Congratulations 2015-2016 CAP Board of Officers!


Chair: Tammy Stewart, Associate Vice President for Enrollment, New Program and Partnership Development, Concordia University Texas

Tammy Stewart has over 17 years in Adult Higher Education with varied academic, admissions, and marketing background.  Her knowledge and experience includes working in both Proprietary and Private Non-Profit higher education institutions.    Her experience includes creating and facilitating non-traditional educational delivery models that support both student learning and recruitment.

Mrs. Stewart has presented at many conferences and facilitated webinars on a variety of topics including:  The Council for Accelerated Programs Standards for Successful Delivery of Accelerated Programs, Successfully Moving On-ground Accelerated Programs into Hybrid and Online Deliveries, and Marketing and Strategic Planning for Adult Students for CAP, UPCEA, and other organizations.

Tammy participates on many fronts in the Higher Education Community.  She currently serves on The Texas Women in Higher Education Board and The Council for Accelerated Programs board as the Vice Chair.  Her experience also includes consulting in the areas of marketing and curriculum design for Higher Education Institutions.

Mrs. Stewart currently is the Associate Vice President for Enrollment at Concordia University Texas.  She received a B.S. in Speech Communication from the University of Texas, M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University Texas with her thesis focused on Differentiated Instruction and Adult Learners and is a doctoral student in Organizational Leadership at Concordia University Chicago.

Vice Chair: Linda Merkl, Assistant Professor, Adult Education & Training, College for Professional Studies, Regis University

LMerklSmallLinda Merkl has served in a variety of higher education roles over the past 17 years. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Regis University in Denver, CO. Linda earned Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Denver in 2012. Linda was previous a faculty member at several different community colleges in and around Denver, additionally she has experience in academic program management and faculty development. Currently Linda is the Department Chair for the M.S. in Adult Education and Training at Regis University. Linda serves as the Treasurer for the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP) and has been a member of CAP for two years.

Secretary: Vincent C. Porter, Dean, School of Extended Studies, University of the Incarnate Word

porter_vince_resizedI returned to school as an adult, earning a BA in Business Administration and an MBA from Lakeland College. First as a student and now as an employee in adult education, I have a very deep understanding of the adult learner. My PhD studies focus on knowledge management and how it can be used in the adult education field.

I have worked at UIW for 15 years. I began as the Director of Site Development and Site Relations for the Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCaP) and the Universe Online. I later concentrated only on ADCaP as the Director of Program Development and Planning. I was selected dean in October of 2003 and I continue in that position. As dean, I am responsible for 8 off-campus learning centers: 6 in San Antonio, and 1 each in Corpus Christi and Killeen. In addition to the learning centers we have 11 full-time faculty members.

I came to UIW from Wisconsin where I worked as a Center Director in the Lifelong Learning Program for Lakeland College. First at their Milwaukee, Wisconsin campus, then at Neenah, Wisconsin, finally ending up on their main campus in Sheboygan Wisconsin. In total, I have 18 years of experience in the adult education field. Prior to entering the education field, I was a Deputy Sheriff in the Law Enforcement Division in Ohio. I received Officer of the Year in 1993 as well as other accolades for my investigative skills.

Treasurer: Davis Berryman, Dean, College of Professional & Graduate Studies, Southern Nazarene University

Research Officer: Royce Ann Collins, Associate Professor – Adult Education, Educational Leadership Department, Kansas State University

rsz_royceann2014Dr. Royce Ann Collins’ professional career has spanned experience with higher education administration, continuing education, and as a faculty member. She is currently Associate Professor of Adult Education in the Educational Leadership Department at Kansas State University. Royce Ann has won national and regional awards for her teaching, research and scholarship. Her teaching and research focus on the adult learner in higher education. Royce Ann has made numerous presentations at conferences and has served on adult associational boards at the regional and national level, including serving on the CAP Board in a multitude of capacities, included two terms as CAP’s Board Chair. Royce Ann spearheaded the research and development of the Quality Standards for Accelerated Programs and the Model for Good Practice for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education. She currently serves as CAP’s Board Research Officer, and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Continuing Higher Education.

Awards Officer:  Cheryl Bosse, Assistant Director of Academic Services, Stevenson University, School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS)

Cheryl is the Assistant Director of Academic Support Services with Stevenson University’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS), where she has been serving adult students since 2002.  In her former position as Project Manager, her work encompassed a broad range of both faculty and student related responsibilities.  In her new role, Cheryl is primarily responsible for onboarding adult students as well as various aspects of student support in all GPS academic programs. She has served on three consecutive CAP national conference planning committees, acted as chair of the 2014 pre-conference, and provided technical and administrative support for the CAP Connected Newsletter for the past two years.  Cheryl was the 2014 recipient of CAP’s Volunteer of the Year Award.

Outreach Officer: Kevin Ezzell, Director, Accelerated Degree Programs, Albright College

Kevin Ezzell has been the director of Albright College’s Accelerated Degree Programs since May 2011. ThKevinEzzell2014e program consists of accelerated evening programs at ten locations across Pennsylvania. Kevin has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources/Psychology from Albright College and a master’s degree in Education also from Albright College. Kevin has served on the Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges Adult Planning Committee from 2011-2013. Kevin won the Council for Accelerated Programs Marketing Award in 2013. His interest within adult education include: community college transfers, partnerships, and delivering onsite services to regional satellite campuses.

Membership Cultivation Officer:  Robert Raupach, Math Instructor, Math Program Director, Eastern Gateway Community College


CAP Editor: Trey Mireles, Full Time Faculty (Psychology) and Faculty for Accelerated Teaching Methods Course, Madison College

Trey Mireles has been a teacher for most of his life.

What started oTrey2014ut as a young kid working as a teaching assistant to his little sister’s summer school class grew into a love for education. Trey Mireles’ formal path to becoming an educator began with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During this time he had the opportunity to work with students with physical and emotional disabilities while working in special education in the Madison school district. Completing an MS in Educational Psychology from Capella University provided a theoretical background to support the instructional practices he models and shares. Trey currently works at Madison Area Technical College as a Psychology Instructor and the Arts and Sciences Accelerated Program Coordinator. His strengths as an educator and leader in the field of innovative learning strategies has led to additional opportunities to shape the direction of instruction at Madison College and within the Wisconsin Technical College System. His expertise has been recognized and shared at additional conferences and workshops both locally and nationally.

Trey’s unique experiences and degree allow him to combine an understanding of social sciences and neuropsychology to education. This allows him to provide valuable insights into how the mind works and how to leverage this understanding to become a better educator.

Member-at-Large:  Owen Borda, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Keuka College

Owen Borda headshotDr. Borda is currently Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies and formerly Program Director for Management Programs in the Center for Professional and International Studies of Keuka College. He previously was Executive Director of the Westchester County AIDS Council and AIDS policy advisor to the Westchester County Commissioner of Health. He was the founding administrator of the AIDS Care Center at the Westchester Medical Center where expanded regional HIV care to the seven counties of New York’s Hudson Valley. A professional musician, he has served as Director of Music at several prominent churches in the New York City Metropolitan Area. With a passionate dedication to community, he has served as the chairperson of the board of directors for the RDC Center for Counseling and Human Development, providing counseling to those with personal, social, or career concerns. Dr. Borda earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music from Long Island University, a Master of Music from Kent State and holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Union Institute and University.

Member-at-Large: Katie Buvoltz, Associate Dean for Adult and Distance Education, Houghton College

rsz_3katie2-764x1024Katie has worked for Houghton College since 1999. If we look back 17 years ago, Katie was a graduate of Houghton’s Adult Education program with a dream to maybe – someday – teach in the program.  At the time of her Houghton commencement she was employed at Bush Industries, in Jamestown, NY in Human Resources administration, training, and employee development.  Prior to employment at Bush, she spent ten years in management and training capacities with Covenant Players – a repertoire theater ministry – in Los Angeles; Heilbronn, Germany; and Northants, England.  In total, she has vested almost 30 years in designing, implementing, and facilitating training programs in communications, values, ethics, leadership, time management, and stress management.

Katie recently directed Houghton’s Adult Education program and was integral in the development of online programming at Houghton College.

Affiliate Organization Liaisons

CAEL: Diana Bamford-Rees, Associate Vice President of Higher Education

Diana2015Since the founding of CAEL in 1974, Diana has held numerous positions in the organization. Currently, she manages membership services such as the annual CAEL International Conference, Prior Learning Assessment training workshops and webinars, and higher education publications. Prior to this, she served as Managing Editor of The CAEL News, Director of Training for Workforce Development, and Director of Conferences and Training. More recently, Diana worked for almost five years, with Ford Foundation support, as CAEL’s representative in South Africa at JET Education Services, a South African non-governmental organization (NGO), where she provided technical assistance for the design and implementation of a comprehensive workforce development model for South African workers. Diana has extensive experience designing and delivering training for prior learning assessors and education advisors, and for managing these networks. She has also been instrumental in policy development and implementation of comprehensive learning systems for both employed and retrenched workers in the U.S. and South Africa.

Regis University: Elisa Robyn, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, College for Professional Studies

Ex-officio Past Chairs

Audrey Ashton-Savage, Adjunct Associate Professor, Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, University of New Hampshire

Au??????????????????????????drey Ashton-Savage has a B.A. in German and an M.B.A., both from the University of New Hampshire. Since 2008, she has been adjunct associate professor of marketing at the Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire.   Previously she served as Vice President of Enrollment Management at the University of Bridgeport. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. In the late 90s Audrey was Dean of Graduate and Professional Programs at Emmanuel College in Boston. In the 1980s she worked at Nashua Corporation in New Hampshire as a Product Manager and New Product Development Manager. She has served as national chair for the Commission for Accelerated Programs and continues to serve on its board of directors. For over 20 years Audrey has served on the Board of Directors of Lamprey Health Care, a $12 million community health center with three locations in New Hampshire. She currently serves as President of that Board.

Tom Castle, Associate Provost, Mount Mercy University (Two consecutive terms as Board Chair)

photo-TomCastle-CCNov2013Tom Castle has served in a variety of higher education roles over the past 25 years. He is currently Associate Provost at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Tom earned his MBA from the University of Iowa, and is will complete a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Iowa in 2014. Tom was previously a tenured faculty member in business, and helped develop Mount Mercy’s accelerated program before moving into administration in 2005. He developed and directed Mount Mercy’s MBA program for working adults and has helped develop online programs, and expand graduate curriculum to 6 disciplines. Today, as Associate Provost, Tom has broad responsibilities over the academic division, while maintaining focus on the adult market. Tom serves as national chair of the Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP). He has been an active member of CAP since 2005, and helped create the CAP Quality Standards initiative.

Patricia Ellis, Special Assistant to the Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies, Stevenson University

Pat2014Professor Ellis is the Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) at Stevenson University, just north of Baltimore, MD. Prior to working at GPS, Dr. Ellis had been Chair of the Business Division and then a full-time faculty member. She has developed and taught accelerated courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Currently, she works on intake (hiring) sessions for new adjunct faculty, workshops for faculty and for students, assessment, and primarily on state authorizations. For over twenty-five years, she has been a site visitor for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. She has been a member of CAP since 2005, was on the task force for developing the CAP Quality Standards, and has served on the Executive Board in several positions, including Chair during the 2011-2012 term. Dr. Ellis was the Editor of the CAP Connected Newsletter for several years and she won one of the inaugural CAP awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Dawn Spaar, Associate Dean, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Elizabethtown College

Dawn Spaar is Associate Dean at Elizabethtown College’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies [SCPS] in Central Pennsylvania. Spaar rsz_dawn2014oversees the development of new programs and curricula for online delivery and classroom-based at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She creates course schedules, organizes faculty assessments and developments, and leads a faculty mentoring program. She was a member of the President’s college-wide strategic planning process in 2011-2012 and has assisted with the strategic planning of the SCPS since 2001, when, as one of the co-creators, she helped to initiate the accelerated programs.  Spaar facilitates courses in business and the liberal arts. She holds degrees from Eastern University, Elizabethtown College and the Pennsylvania State University. She has served on the Council for Accelerated Learning (CAP) Executive Board since 2009 and held the position of Chair from August 2012-2013.

Past Chair/s/, Current Slated Board Member/s/

Royce Ann Collins, Associate Professor – Adult Education, Educational Leadership Department, Kansas State University (Two consecutive terms as Board Chair)

CAP Director, Non-Voting: Jeannie McCarron, Regis University

Jeannie McCarron has served as CAP’s Director since 2006, starting as CAP’s Manager of Communication & Conference Services in 2004. Jeannie was among the first employees of CAP when it began as a grant-funded organization with the support of the Lumina Foundation for Education. Jeannie has witnessed the organization evolve into a self-sustaining, mission-driven organization serving over 120 Institutions from across the U.S., giving credit to consistently exemplary Executive Boards and an incredibly active and passionate membership. Jeannie earned undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Psychology from Colorado State University and University of Colorado, Denver, respectively, and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Regis University.


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Once a fully grant-funded organization, CAP is now a self-sustaining organization thanks to its passionate members and sponsors.  CAP’s sponsors help extend CAP’s mission by supporting CAP’s many services and initiatives that ultimately serve the adult learner and advance the field of accelerated learning.

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