2015 National Conference

We hope you can join us!

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
  • 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
  •  Faster Than a Speeding Bullet: Teaching Ethics in a Seven-Week Online Format
  •  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 May 31st and receive 10% off your entire registration fee!

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2015 CAP Awards


Nominations are due by April 30th!

Winners receive a complimentary pass to the 2015 CAP Conference and other exciting incentives (see below).


2015 CAP Excellence in Teaching Award

CAP invites and encourages institutions to nominate outstanding faculty within their accelerated program/s/ to recognize and award Excellence in Teaching in accelerated learning.

Winners/Nominees demonstrate:

  • Excellence in their ability to relate to students, to encourage students as learners, to challenge students to reach their maximum performance, and to make the learning relevant and meaningful.
  • An ability to provide significant contributions to the wider academic community.



Each CAP institution may nominate one faculty member. Therefore, CAP members from the same institution should collaborate on their nominations.

A completed application will include:

  1. The 2015 CAP 2015_Excellence_in_Teaching_Nomination_Form completed in full.
  2. A typed overview of why the nominee is deserving of this award.
  3. A copy of the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. Comments from students, other faculty members, program staff, or the institutional administration about the instructor’s teaching style and contributions to the institution.

One Awardee will be selected. Awardee will receive a complimentary pass to the 2015 CAP Conference August 5th & 6th in Denver and will receive a $250 travel scholarship to attend.

The final Awardee, and all who are nominated, will be recognized during CAP’s Celebration Luncheon during the 2015 CAP Conference on August 5th.

2015 CAP Excellence in Institutional Leadership Award

The National Award for Excellence in Institutional Leadership honors excellence achieved by an institution, group, or individual in one (or more) of the following areas:

Excellence in Collaboration:  There are many opportunities to help others and improve the organization by training and collaborating. Examples of exemplary collaboration or mentoring may include:

  • Being influential to others in meeting departmental objectives.
  • Mentoring or providing assistance for others.
  • Suggesting initiatives or changes that will support group productivity.
  • Investing in coaching and/or mentoring newer associates.

Excellence in Good Citizenship:  Actions of good citizenship are those that promote positive morale for individuals or groups.  Examples of good citizenship may include:

  • Creating opportunities for groups to come together and work in unison towards a common goal.
  • “Doing the right thing” without request or solicitation from another person or group.
  • Sharing resources selflessly to help others and improve overall achievement, rather than  personal achievement.
  • Acting in a manner that would be considered a model for others to follow.

New Ideas/Creativity:  It’s important to honor the creative problem solver who exemplifies individual effort towards new ideas or ways of doing things.

This award recognizes those who:

  • Develop a new or more productive way to achieve company goals.
  • Work to develop interdepartmental solutions where the solution is in the best interests of company objectives and improves productivity.
  • Create solutions for roadblocks where growth is halted or diminished.

Unsung Hero:  Without expectation of acknowledgement, this individual or group works behind the scenes. Examples of this category may include individuals or groups that:

  • Reliably and consistently provide critical work that improves the flow of more highly visible operations.
  • Improves work situations without frequent requests or prompting.

Above and Beyond:  This person or group is continually looking for ways to improve.  Examples of going “above and beyond” may include:

  • Stepping up to provide superior service and response to internal or external constituents.
  • Looking for the best solution for stakeholders in a way that fosters and enhances the working relationship.


A completed nomination will include:

  1. The CAP 2015_Excellence_in_Institutional_Leadership_Nomination_Form completed in full.
  2. A typed overview of why the institution is deserving of this award.
  3. Any press releases, testimonials, awards received, or any other materials that offer insight about achievements made and overall impact on the field of accelerated learning.

One Institution will be selected. Awardee will receive one complimentary pass to the 2015 CAP Conference August 5th & 6th in Denver and will receive a complimentary institutional membership in CAP for one year.

The final Awardee, and all who are nominated, will be recognized during CAP’s Celebration Luncheon during the 2015 CAP Conference on August 5th.

2015 CAP Excellence in Publishing Award

CAP wishes to honor and recognize those within the accelerated learning community who have achieved Excellence in Publication in accelerated or adult learning.

Winners/Nominees have:

  • Published an article, book, blog, or any public or formal communication, that advocates for the adult learner, calls for change or attention to a relevant topic, or provides useful research in the field.
  • Demonstrated passion for a topic that needs attention in the field of accelerated or adult learning.


A completed application will include:

  1. The CAP 2015_Excellence_in_Publication_Nomination_Form completed in full.
  2. A copy of the nominee’s resume or curriculum vitae.
  3. A copy of, or a URL for access to, publication/s/ of focus for this nomination.

One Awardee will be selected. Awardee will receive a complimentary pass to the 2015 CAP Conference August 5th & 6th in Denver and will receive a complimentary pass to an upcoming CAP Webinar of his/her choice.

The final Awardee, and all who are nominated, will be recognized during CAP’s Celebration Luncheon during the 2015 CAP Conference on August 5th.

Nominations for all awards must be received by April 30th, 2015, to be considered. Nominations can be submitted via email to Jeannie McCarron at jmccarro@regis.edu or by mail to:

Jeannie McCarron

Director, Council for Accelerated Programs (CAP)

 c/o Regis University College for Professional Studies

 3333 Regis Blvd., P-8

 Denver, CO 80221-1099

Questions? Contact Jeannie McCarron at (303)964-5253 or jmccarro@regis.edu.


2014 CAP Award Winners

Congratulations 2014 CAP Award Winners!

“Among the greatest people we know….”  —- 2013/2014 CAP BoardAwards2014

“Leaders, inspirers, and just incredible individuals.  I am honored to know each of them really well!”

– Jeannie McCarron, CAP Director

2014 CAP Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Dr. Royce Ann Collins, Kansas State University


Dr. 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.

2014 CAP Excellence in Teaching Award Winner, Trey Mireles, Madison Area Technical College



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

What started out as a young kid working as a teaching assistant to his little sister’s summer school class grew into a love 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.

2014 CAP Volunteer of the Year Award Winner, Cheryl Bosse, Stevenson University


Cheryl Bosse 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.

2014 CAP Rookie of the Year Award Winner, Dr. Rick Read, Union Institute & University


Dr. Rick Read retired from the U.S. Army in 1998 and returned to Northern Kentucky. He was employed by Easter Seals Southwestern Ohio from 1998-2005 serving as Director of Human Resources and culminating as Vice President, Operations.  From September 1998 – March 2006 he served as adjunct faculty at National College of Business & Technology.  He joined Union Institute & University as adjunct faculty in December 1998.  He has been a part-time faculty member since February 2006 and was appointed chair of the business administration, management, and leadership department on July 1, 2014.  Dr. Read is a member of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and is also a member of the Northern Kentucky Officials Association (NKOA) and is an evaluator of High School football officials.  Dr. Read earned an MBA from Lindenwood University, and an Ed.D. from Virginia Tech.