Schedule at a Glance


Wednesday, August 16th

Pre-conference sessions

Admissions Management Boot Camp:  10 am – 1 pm


Meet Your Accreditor: 1 – 2.30 pm


Accreditor Panel on the State of Accreditation: 3 – 4 pm

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act and What’s to Come: 4 – 5 pm

Cocktail Welcome Reception: 5 – 7 pm


Thursday, August 17th  

Breakfast:  7:30 – 8:30 am

Opening Keynote: 8:30 – 9.45 am

Break: 9.45 – 10 am Sponsored by FA Davis Company

Concurrent Sessions: 10 – 11 am

Moving the Attainment Needle Through Prior Learning Assessment

Presenter: Dr. Christopher Johnson, CUP Regional Liaison, Center for Education Attainment and Innovation, American Council on Education – College & University Partnerships

Financial Control Strengthened Through Cloud Computing

Presenter: Rebecca Davee, CPA, Partner, Salmon Sims Thomas

What is Going On in DC???

Presenter: Christopher DeLuca, Owner, DeLuca Law LLC

No Such Thing as a Free Lead

Presenter: Darryl Mattox, COO/President, Gragg Advertising

Customer Service: Interacting with Difficult Students and Staff

Presenter: David Grimes, Curriculum and Instruction Manager, Cyanna Education Services

Morning Break 11 – 11.15 pm Sponsored by McGraw Hill Education

Concurrent Sessions: 11:15 – 12 pm

Alleviating Campus Issues Before They Become a Crisis

Presenter: Kristen Torres, Regional Director of Operations, Pima Medical Institute

 Tips for Career Services to Engage Students from Enrollment to Alumni

Presenters: Rebecca Marrs-Elgharib, Career Advisor, SAE Institute and Dr. Michele Ernst, Dean, SAE Institute

10 Steps to Regaining Public Trust

Presenters: Dr. Jean Norris and Vincent Norton, Managing Partners, Norton Norris, Inc.

Evaluating Your Programs and Careers in Demand

Presenter: Aaron Edwards, Senior Vice President, Keypath Education

Top Digital Trends That Will Impact Your Marketing Strategy

Presenter: JP Smith, President, Celsius Marketing Interactive

Lunch: 12 – 1 pm

General Session: 1 – 2 pm

Cyber/IT, Robotics and HVAC

Concurrent Sessions: 2.15 – 3.15 pm

Winding Down Efficiently: Best Practices for Teaching Out Programs and Campuses

Presenter: Jennifer Sorenson, President, The Art Institutes International Minnesota and The Art Institute of Wisconsin

Intrapreneurship: What Career Schools Can Do Now to Build Sustainability

Presenter: Dr. Rhondra Willis, Senior Doctoral Adjunct, College of Doctoral Studies, Grand Canyon University

  • Change the Game!  Reinventing the For-profit Education Reputation

Presenter: Dr. Mary-Lyn Hammer, President and CEO, Champion College Services, Inc.

Creating, Leveraging and Managing Institutional Loan Programs

Presenter: Matt Chinn, Chief Operating Officer, UNISA

The Realities of Today in Education

Presenter: Audrey Kaplan, and Dennis Cariello, Shareholder, Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd

Break: 3.15 – 3.45 pm

Concurrent Sessions: 3.45 – 4.45 pm

Partnering with Your Community and Leveraging Positive Press Coverage for Your Campus

Presenter: Dr. Joel A. English, Vice President of Operations, Aviation Institute of Maintenance and Centura College and President, CSPEN Board of Directors

Improving Student Retention Through Study and Analysis

Presenter: Dr. Aaron Reed, Chief Academic Officer, Neumont University

Now Pearson


Using Your Library as a Vehicle for Student Success

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Anderson, President and CEO, Library Information Resources Network (LIRN)

Career Advancement Certifications – Helping Your Students in Today’s Job Market

Presenters: Danielle Sadighi, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, American Medical Certification Assoc. and John White, Sales Manager, Champion College Services

Cocktail reception: 4.45 – 7:00 pm

********Paisley Park, The VIP Prince experience – ticket required*****

Board Bus at 6.45 pm


Friday, August 18th

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am

Keynote General Session: 8:30 – 10 am

The Honorable Virginia Foxx (R-NC), Chair. House Education and the Workforce Committee

Break: 10 – 10:30 am

Concurrent Sessions: 10:30 – 11:30 am

Connecting Through Partnerships and Articulation Agreements

Presenters: Dr. Donald Wortham, President and Brent Passey, Vice President Of Strategic Implementation at Hodges University, Hodges University

Creating a High-Trust Campus Culture

Marianne Phillips, General Manager, Franklin Covey

New Proprietary School Audit Guide and Program Review Guide: What You Need to Know

Presenters: Michael Wherry, CPA, Director, McClintock and Associates, Jonathan Tarnow, Esq., Partner, Drinker Biddle and Reath LLP, and Eileen Keller, Partner, Salmon Sims Thomas and Associates

Keynote Closing Session: 11:45 – 12:45 pm

Where Do We Go From Here?

Tom Netting, Co-Executive Director, CSPEN

All times and presentations are subject to change.

Our Sponsors


Diamond Sponsors


Ackerman LLP

750 9th Street NW, Suite 750

Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Contact:  Tom E. Netting




Akerman LLP is a leading transactions & trial law firm and federal and state public policy – government relations firm.   With more than 650 lawyers and government affairs professionals and a network of 24 offices, Akerman is ranked among the top 100 law firms in the United States by The American Lawyer (2016). Akerman also is ranked among the top 60 law firms for diversity in The American Lawyer‘s Diversity Scorecard (2016).


Campus Management Corp.

5201 Congress Avenue

Boca Raton, FL 33487

Contact:  Carol Ronk




Campus Management is a leading provider of cloud solutions and services that transform higher education institutions. Its next-generation suite, CampusNexus, includes enterprise-wide Student, CRM, and Finance, HR & Payroll solutions. Today, more than 2,000 campuses in 20 countries partner with Campus Management to transform academic delivery, student success and operational efficiency.



Text us at 480-428-2506

Contact:  Jeri Prochaska




Now your business can reach out using the most popular form of communication, texting. Talk to customers who don’t respond to traditional communication methods. Connect to potential clients. Boost returns on the money you’re already spending on advertising and lead buys. Textaim helps you reach your new goals. Using TextAim’s service you can stay in contact. We make your message actually connect to current and potential clients.


Platinum Sponsors



221 River Street

Hoboken, New Jersey 07030

Phone:  201-561-4403

Contact:  Scott Nickerson



Pearson is the world’s learning company, with 36,000 employees in more than 70 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning.


Salmon Sims Thomas

12720 Hillcrest Road, Suite 500

Dallas, Texas 75230

Phone:  972-739-1265

Contact:  Eileen Keller




Career schools and colleges operate in a highly complex and regulated market. Dealing with all of the regulations, accrediting requirements, the IRS and more may seem like an impossible task. The professionals at Salmon Sims Thomas know what it’s like to sit in your chair.


Gold Sponsor


MDT Marketing

708 NE 2nd Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33308

Contact:  Alex Guerino




MDT Marketing: marketing challenges end here. MDT Marketing is a Digital Advertising, Marketing Technology, and Production agency delivering advanced marketing solutions exclusively to institutes of higher education.  Our most popular solutions focus on: student recruitment, data tracking & management, automated reporting, and nurture marketing.


Silver Sponsors


Amazon Education

2021 7th Avenue

Seattle, Washington 98121

Phone:  206-335-1171

Contact:  Rebecca Janairo




Amazon Education enables educators to publish, discover, and distribute digital materials so students can learn for less on any device. Contact us at for more information about our digital services.


Ambassador Education Solutions

445 Broad Hollow Road, Suite 206

Melville, New York 11747

Contact:  Stuart Grinell




Ambassador creates and manages customized content integration programs that connect students with course materials, driving down costs and improving outcomes. Integrated with leading SIS, LMS and Digital Content Platforms, we simplify the adoption, management and delivery of textbooks, eBooks, digital resources, custom content, OER, access codes, online testing, supplies, kits, devices and more. We deliver an exceptional student experience, lower your operational and financial risk, and provide key intelligence to measure and enhance programs.




American Medication Certification Association

194 Route 46 East

Fairfield, NJ 07004


Contact: Danielle Sadighi





American Medical Certification Association (AMCA) is headquartered in Fairfield, New Jersey. AMCA was established with the vision of enhancing the allied healthcare industry by providing national certification exams that validate the knowledge and expertise of professionals in this field. 







Career Education Review

2221 S. Webster Ave., Suite A-255

Green Bay, WI 54301

Phone:  920-264-0199

Contact: Jenny Faubert




The original Career College Information Source, Career Education Review (CER) is dedicated to providing top management, owners, sector leaders, and suppliers with the in-depth information required to operate a successful educational institution. With over 90 years in circulation, CER is a trusted ally in the admission, retention, placement, and education of millions of prospective students every year. We serve as the daily pulse of the career education community – bringing a snapshot of the news, trends, research, and upcoming events.


Celsius Marketing Interactive

13379 McGregor Blvd. Suite 1

Fort Myers, FL 33919

Phone: 239-245-8674

Contact:  Nancy Monteith




Celsius Marketing is a complete marketing and advertising agency focused on the branding and direct response needs of our clients. Our business philosophy can be summarized in 5 simple words: A DIFFERENT DEGREE OF THINKING. We understand what needs to be done to accomplish your goals by supplying you with an array of invaluable tools such as: Digital Marketing, SEO & Website Design, Social Media, Creative Design, Media Planning & Buying, and more.


Champion College Services

7776 S. Pointe Parkway West, Suite 250

Phoenix, Arizona 85044

Phone:  480-947-7375

Contact:  John White




CHAMPION COLLEGE SERVICES, respected advocate for higher education since 1989 assists schools in decreasing their CDR rates by combining strategically developed benefits like life skill classes and financial literacy with time-proven default prevention strategies resulting in exceptional CDR rates, a deeper and more holistic understanding of default prevention and a positive impact on student lives.



1600 John F. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1800

Philadelphia, PA 19103

Contact:  Lori Sypher




Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity.


Enrollment Resources Inc.

611 Brookside Road Suite 216

Victoria, BC V9C 0C3

Phone:  250-391-9494

Contact:  Suzanne Moss




Enrollment Resources is the leading innovator in the proprietary Career Education Sector, dedicated to helping our clients increase student enrollment and profitability.  In operation since 2003, we have outpaced the competition with proven and reproducible marketing systems – iMarketing Services, Admissions Performance Institute and Virtual Admissions Adviser – that represent the very best practices the industry has to offer.


FA Davis Company

1915 Arch St.

Philadephia, PA 19103

Phone:  763-498-0017

Contact:  Sally Daluge




Founded in1879 F.A. Davis Company is the oldest independent, family managed health science publisher in America. Our success comes from listening intently and producing ground-breaking solutions for healthcare training.  We are exceptionally known for quality content, digital learning and excellent service.   Our focus and commitment to student and educator needs in turn produces industry ready employees.  Being agile and responsive firmly establishes us as a true partner in healthcare education.  We are a top leader in Healthcare Mastery.


Gragg Advertising

450 E. 4th Street

Kansas City, Missouri 64106

Phone:  816-931-0050

Contact:  Lisa Olmeda




Gragg Advertising is a full service, direct response agency focused in marketing technology. We create a fluid and compliant admission process, develop integrated marketing strategies and provide a quantifiable ROI for our clients. Traditional branding strategy with proven direct response tactics creates advertising that makes the most efficient use of your budget.


Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, LTD

321 North Clark Street Suite 1301

Chicago, IL 60654

Phone:  312-946-1800

Contact: Dennis Cariello




HMBR’s multi-disciplinary approach is oriented toward helping clients design and implement strategies to achieve their education and business goals within the complex and rapidly evolving education sector. The attorneys in our Education Practice combine an exceptional depth of experience, with broad expertise in the many substantive areas of the law that characterize the demands of our education clients.


Keypath Education

15500 W. 113th Street, Suite 200

Lenexa, Kansas 66219

Phone:  913-254-6000

Contact:  Aaron Edwards




Keypath Education has been changing lives through education for more than 26 years. Keypath partners with higher education institutions to identify the right prospective students and build integrated marketing strategies to effectively grow enrollment.  We help individuals unlock their potential by connecting them with right schools and pathways. Keypath Education is a national marketing services is headquartered in Kansas City.




Library and Information Resources Network

25400 US Hwy 19 N. Suite 220

Clearwater, FL 33763

Phone:  727-536-0214 x106

Contact:  Sue Anderson




The Library and Information Resources Network is a consortium that provides access to e-books, journals, and videos. LIRN members enjoy group purchasing savings, a centrally managed portal, hosted proxy services for on and off campus access to online resources, a powerful federated search solution, and our consortia librarian service.


MaxKnowledge, Inc.

3943 Irvine Blvd. Suite #262

Irvine, CA 92602

Contact: Theresa Colby




MaxKnowledge is the leading provider of online employee training solutions for career-oriented, higher education institutions. From faculty development to management and staff training, MaxKnowledge has become the continuing education hub for college and university personnel, with over 2,000 higher education institutions using MaxKnowledge to meet the professional development needs of their academic and administrative staff.


McGraw Hill Education

2 Pennsylvania Plaza

Phone:  312-505-9279           

Contact:  Kala Barrero




Education is changing. So are we. Teaching and learning are part art, part science. Every day, educators bring a wealth of passion, dedication and expertise to help students achieve success. At McGraw-Hill Education, we help them drive results by delivering technology that harnesses an understanding of how the mind works to make each learning moment more engaging, efficient and effective. Learning has the power to change the world. We inspire that change, one person at a time, by making the science of learning work for you. Simply.


Medline Industries

One Medline Place

Mundelein, IL 60060

Phone:  917-284-1081

Contact:  Gale Brauchie




Medline is a market leading manufacturer and distribution of medical supplies and equipment.  The majority of our business is with clinical sites such as hospitals, clinics. But with over 250,000 items and 40 distribution centers Medline has become a major supplier to Colleges and Universities utilizing medical supplies, equipment and uniforms in their healthcare programs.  Programs Medline can impact are Nursing, Medical Assisting, Surgical Tech, Phlebotomy, Medical Lab tech, Pharmacy tech, Radiological tech, Central supply tech and more.

National HealthCareer Association

1161 Overbrook Road

Leawood, KS 66211

Phone:  913-661-5516

Contact:  Suzanne Shaw




Since 1989, NHA has partnered with allied health education programs, organizations and employers across the nation to award more than 600,000 allied health certifications and credentials. We offer eight nationally accredited exams, certification preparation and study materials; industry-leading outcomes based data analytics, as well as ongoing professional development and continuing education for our certification holders.


Norton Norris, Inc.

55 E. Jackson Blvd., Suite 960

Chicago, IL 60604

Phone:  312-262-7402

Contact:  Dr. Jean Norris




Norton|Norris, Inc. (Nn) is a full-service agency dedicated to the higher education vertical. Founded in 1998, Nn provides consulting and innovative approaches in all facets of enrollment, including media production and placement, mystery shopping, training (featuring EnrollMatch®), and an innovative student recruitment software solution – My Guidance Coach® (MGC). Our team of dedicated professionals brings decades of experience working in schools and colleges across the United States and Canada. As strong advocates for the sector, our goal is simple: We strive to be the premier provider of innovative solutions and superior service to our client-partners.



The Pittman Group

1150 Grand Blvd Suite 300

Kansas City, MO 64106

Phone:  816-888-7603

Contact:  Monte Schaich




The Pittman Group is a performance based full service marketing agency. We are performance driven, hard charging, innovative marketers with a long history of success. Our capabilities include affiliate management, analytics and optimization, content development, web development, Pay per click, remarketing, traditional media, paid social, live transfer, video, search engine optimization, lead nurturing, inquiry generation, and retargeting display.


Unisa, Inc.

7400 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 10

Englewood, CO 80112-1279

Phone:  800-875-8910

Contact:  Matt Chinn






Campus based loan receivables including the Federal Perkins Loan Program have been UNISA’s primary business since 1976. However, as the needs of their customers have expanded they have met that demand by designing and servicing Private Education Loans, Institutional Loan Programs, Tuition Payment Plans, and Managing Student Account Receivables.  UNISA is honored to utilize a federal student loan servicing model to assist schools with the origination and servicing of tuition payment plans and institutional loans.








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