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2017 CCME Concurrent Sessions

  • Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean College of Nursing, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
    Dr. Jason E Saladiner, Director of Innovative Programs, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

    Session will focus on educational strategies utilized to award credit for military training and experience at the competency level, which exceeds the award of credit at the course level from military transcript evaluations. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s (TAMUCC) eLine Military Program (ELM) developed an individualized Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to award the maximum amount of credit from military service. The PLA(s) remove redundancy by awarding competency level credit for military service. This innovative approach identifies the knowledge gap and provides a customized curriculum for each student. The veteran’s unique experience(s) translate into credit and ultimately into an employable credential in the most efficient means possible. Support strategies utilized by ELM’s Circle of Care Model (e.g. case management, disability and counseling services) will be shared.

  • Michael Allen, MBA, Director – Education and Training Programs, BAM Technologies

    The DoD Academic Institution (AI) Portal assists our Military Community by providing educational information to the following members: Air Force, Civilian Acquisition Workforce, and Military Spouses. Recent changes to the AI Portal and AFVEC will be discussed as the Air Force looks to continually improve and automate functionality to make processes easier for the Airmen, Education Centers and our Academic Institutions. The AFVEC serves our Military Community by providing one-stop-shopping for educational needs.

  • Angela C. Albritton, Director of Military Relations and Strategic Initiatives, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide
    Jason Ruckert, PhD., FRAes Vice Chancellor of Online Education, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide

    The Department of Defense wants to ensure that service members have access to a wide variety of postsecondary education opportunities that meet standards of quality and value. Providing access to specialized degree programs that maintain the highest standards of academic quality while staying within the military tuition assistance cap can be challenging for institutions. This presentation aims to show how leveraging technology, such as virtual environments can provide military students, regardless of duty station with access to affordable educational opportunities in technical degree programs.

  • Heather Albin, B.A. in Political Science, Strategy Manager, Military & Veteran Services, Ashford University
    Torrey Herndon, M.A. in Organization Management, Policy & Project Manager, Ashford University
    Sheri Jones, M.S. in Education, Senior Vice President of Strategy & University Services, Ashford University

    In an effort of continuous process improvement Ashford University underwent a three month internal review of all military-related policies and procedures. The review resulted in the creation of a formalized military policy and procedures manual. Along the way, University stakeholders were able to uncover several process improvements that would not only improve the student experience, but also the staff experience. In this session University representatives will outline the internal review process, share lessons learned and speak to the value of bringing the many stakeholders together to review, understand and develop improvements to the military and veteran student experience.

  • Derek Abbey, MA (Higher Educational Leadership) / Doctoral Student (Leader-ship Studies) Veteran Student Services Coordinator, University of San Diego
    Todd Kennedy, BA (History) Military & Veterans Program Administrator, San Diego State University

    This presentation will discuss the best practices for the development of awareness programs that reflect inclusiveness of the entire military population, provide insight into the culture of today’s military student, and initiate understanding in order to establish/reinforce campus support. Attendees will leave with a full appreciation for the establishment of a community network based on the “safe zone” concept as well as the needs and considerations taken into account during program development.

  • Jeff Allen, Director, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
    Taheesha Quarells, Communications and Outreach Division Head, DANTES
    Kiwanis Short, Education Programs Specialist, DANTES
    Chief Master Sergeant Adalberto Velez, U.S. Air Force, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Director of the DANTES

    This hands-on practical workshop will discuss Defense education programs, their updates, and how they can assist you in the field.  Program areas include:  Career Assessments, College Readiness Programs and Tools, College and Career Partnerships, Prior Learning Assessments, Student Support Services, Examinations, Troops to Teachers and the new VolEd Mobile App.  This session will provide strategies and best practices for leveraging these programs and services that help service members achieve their educational goals. 

  • Christy Coyne, MA, Assistant Director, Veteran Certification Training and Pro-cess Improvement, University of Maryland University College

    This presentation will focus on veteran support services and providing the military-connected student with positive academic experiences through early intervention when there is a lack of participation in online and hybrid courses. The presenter will outline the early intervention process and provide outcome measures supporting this effort. In addition, the military and veteran mentoring program will be introduced along with feedback and best practices gained from the first semester of implementation.

  • Chris Tiptin, MBA, Director, Veteran Initiatives, University of Maryland University College

    This presentation will provide an overview of the content, implementation process and management of UMUC’s MIL-VET Checkpoint, a multi-platform digital engagement tool exclusive to UMUC’s military-connected students.  In its first year, MIL-VET Checkpoint has been utilized by over 1,000 transitioning military and veteran students attending one of UMUC’s three divisions.  Attendees should expect to learn about UMUC’s Online Veterans Resource Center and online engagement strategies that will help improve online programmatic support for military-connected students.

  • Sarah Brown, M.A., Coordinator for the Virtual Campus, Carl Albert State College
    Michael Martin, M.S., Director for Institutional Technology, Carl Albert State College
    Jason Morrison, Ed. D, Chancellor at Southern Arkansas University Tech

    In the fall 2014, CASC launched its Virtual Campus, a true third campus of Carl Albert State College. CASC has redesigned all courses in a modular format, utilized a production studio, and live chats that promote three key themes of knowing, doing, and reflecting. The three themes drive each module from start to finish and aid in the facilitation of course content, student learning, and transfer of knowledge. All courses utilize the Quality Matter design guidelines and are vetted through an approval process guided and controlled by the faculty of CASC.

  • Elizabeth Allan, PhD, Professor and Coordinator of the Secondary Science Education, University of Central Oklahoma
    John Cain, PhD, Assistant Vice President, Distance Learning, Saint Leo University
    Terence Lynn, PhD, Senior Director of Professional Studies at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Michele Spires, MS, Director of Military Programs, American Council on Education

    Faculty evaluators for ACE directly affect and assure validity behind every ACE-recommended credit for educational experiences of Service members.  Hear ACE faculty evaluators share insight on their unique experiences.  Learn about the expertise, affiliations, and accomplishments common among teams and how this work enriches military learners, plus the faculty members’ own professional legacy.  Let’s collaborate to answer burning questions: (1) what issues affect acceptance of recommended credit, and (2) how can we drive up acceptance?