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2017 CCME Concurrent Sessions

  • Jeffrey Carpenter, MBA/MPP, VIA Product Owner & Data Analytics, IBM
    Ela Karczewska, MA Psychology/BA Business Management, Program Analyst/Contracting Officer’s Representative, Headquarters, Army Continuing Education System (HQ ACES)

    At the 2016 CCME conference HQ ACES presented a demonstration of VIA, a career, degree, and school decision support tool launched in December 2015 for Soldiers using Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits.  As of October 2016, VIA has been used by over 100,000 Soldiers.  This presentation uses data mined from Soldier choices within VIA, post-use satisfaction surveys, advisor feedback, help cases, and outcomes to tell a story about VIA’s impact and the product improvements made since VIA’s launch. 

  • Jeff Maynard, CEO and Founder, Biometric Signature ID
    Dr. Angela Reese, Professor and Online Manager, Business Administration and Paralegal Department, Central Texas College
    Jim Yeonopolus, Chancellor, Central Texas College

    New federal regulations call for stricter student ID verification methods for distance education classes.    We will show current use by students of a gesture biometric technology (NO hardware required) that meets these requirements.  Demonstration of how students verify their identity before they can access any gradable event.  Examples of a successful deployment at CTC as well as tips to ensure success in your institution.  Introduction of Real Time Event Notifications, we catch the cheaters.

  • Judy Komar, Vice-President of Educational Technology, American Intercontinental University (AIU)

    American Intercontinental University (AIU) is part of one of the largest implementations of Adaptive learning at the post-secondary level in the U.S. The integrated model used by AIU combines best practices of online and face-to-face learning models with an effective adaptive learning model.  Providing a new learning experience with informed learners, which includes personalized learning pathways, customized lessons, real-time feedback and progress dashboards, this new model has increased learner engagement and learner satisfaction.

  • Joe Agresti, Education Services Officer, Army Continuing Education System, Fort Drum, New York
    Jacqueline C. Smith, Education Services Specialist, US Army Installation Management Command, G1-Army Continuing Education System, Fort Sam Hou-ston, TX

    The US Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) seeks to augment Army Continuing Education System (ACES) professional guidance counseling services without loss of quality counseling to Soldiers using technology solutions.  In this presentation we will collaboratively explore best practices to supplement real-time guidance counseling using virtual capabilities such as web cams, instant messaging and other synchronous platforms

  • Kathleen Quigley, PhD, Academic Officer ERAU Asia, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

    When US-Military members return from deployment and enter college, they are 10-times less likely to complete a degree than civilians. Attendees will learn about the connection between post-traumatic stress symptoms, self-efficacy, and student engagement among military students. Colleges can take specific actions to improve this situation and help military students successfully transition to a college environment. Suggestions for reducing attrition and increasing graduation rates among these students will be presented

  • Barton D. Buechner, PhD, Adler University
    David Chrisinger, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point
    Anthony Torres, Combat Hippies

    It is generally accepted that military and veteran students respond better to “adult learning” or andragogical learning environments. Lesser known are the potential therapeutic and transformative benefits of engaging in studies that include personal reflection, enlarge possibilities for communication and personal expression, and offer “safe space” for dealing with the moral complexity of difficult lived experiences.  We present examples of programs for military-connected students that strengthen this type of transformative learning space, and discuss benefits.

  • Lynn Gregory, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Appalachian State University
    Morgan Gibbard, undergraduate student/Student Veteran, Liberty University

    What is the “military culture” and its impact on military student transition to civilian life? Research indicates this transition is one of the most difficult. Building competency in intercultural communication can assist those working with student veterans to both improve their own interactions with veterans and help them to mentor student veterans in improving their interactions across campus and community.
    - Explore the student veteran perspective
    - Learn the basics of intercultural communication
    - Develop appropriate communication strategies

  • Bree Charlot, Counseling Program Manager, Headquarters, Army Continuing Education System, U.S. Army Human Resources Command
    Johnny Dodgens, Director of Education, U.S. Army Reserve Command
    Jeffrey Haycraft, Education Services Officer, National Guard Bureau
    Mark Mazarella, Tuition Assistance Policy Program Manager, Headquarters, Army Continuing Education System, U.S. Army Human Resources Command

    This session will drill down beyond the basics to highlight unique aspects of Army TA policy designed to maximize Soldier’s participation in Voluntary Education. Programs covered include the new Transition Certificate; Nursing and Physician Assistant pre-requisites; Teacher Certification; and Graduate Certificate programs for Army Chaplains.  This session will also look at how institutional programs and policies can best support and serve the 100,000-plus Active Duty, Reserve, and National Guard Soldiers using Army TA annually.

  • Stephanie Kahne, MBA, Associate Director for the SOC GoArmyEd
    Patrice Hamilton, M.Ed., Project Director for the SOC Degree Network System
    Gary Remington, SOC/Postsecondary Program Manager, HQ ACES

    Provide an update on the changes effecting LOI and Non-LOI schools within the GoArmyEd portal.

    Over the last year there have been significant changes within the GoArmyEd portal.  New features such as VIA and the DPM tool have enhanced the GoArmyEd portal and the functionality for both LOI and Non-LOI users. This presentation will illustrate, clarify and provide insight on navigating the enhancements and the importance of LOI and Non-LOI schools managing their portal information.  The differences between LOI and Non-LOI schools will be explained and the process each one has with in the portal.

  • Melanie Ellis, MPAS, Chief, Strategic Planning and Partnerships, Medical Education and Training Campus

    The Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), located at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, creates 18,000 allied health professionals each year.  Well-developed degree bridging partnerships between the DoD/METC and education institutions are an essential pathway for the future of military members and Veterans.  In this session, you’ll learn about METC’s mission, vision and educational scope.  We’ll talk about partnership opportunities and requirements.