COLLABORATE: The Power to Leverage Partnerships and Inspire Opportunities 

The annual higher learning partners’ conference is a gathering for attendees to be informed about processes, services, and opportunities available to better serve their own institution. The HLP conference seeks to provide information about these opportunities and how to leverage them mindfully with respect to their own specific challenges. Topics may include a focus on business and operations, community and economic engagement, marketing, enrollment management and student services, online administration, and program planning and implementation.

Dates: February 28 and March 1
Location: San Antonio, Texas at University of the Incarnate Word

Conference Topics

Building an Online Student Community: Increasing Online Student Retention through Institutional-Level Student Engagement and Support

The retention of online students continues to be a priority for institutions to be a success in Higher Education. This session will showcase a practical student support approach for connecting with online students and promoting a sense of community for online programs. This session will focus on current retention and support efforts outside of the online courses, and is meant to be helpful for administrators and professional staff that are facilitating online programs in Higher Education. Successes and challenges will be discussed, a brief description of online retention models found in the literature, as well as areas for future student retention exploration and research. *Content subject to change.

OCICU Panel Discussion

Current providers will be participating in a discussion to share experiences about providership. *Content subject to change.

The State of State Authorization

Institution staff may be confused by the national news regarding the delay of certain Federal Regulations for state authorization of distance education. Some institutions may be choosing to postpone compliance management and wait out the delay thinking there is no present institutional duty for compliance. This presentation will address the delay of the December 2016 federal regulations, discuss what federal regulations are currently enforceable that affect Title IV funds, provide an update on the national SARA landscape, and share information about enrollment data that has been collected through NC-SARA. There will be ample time for questions from the audience.

Overcoming failure to launch: Alamo Colleges District's rise from dismal graduation performance

The Alamo Colleges District (ACD) enrolls a yearly average of 55,000-60,000 degree-seeking students. In the early 2000s, the District's graduation rates dramatically decreased producing low single-digit graduation rates. To endure, ACD redesigned its structure by creating a fresh new direction, establishing a student-centered philosophy supported by the publication of mission, vision, and core values. 

2018 Conference Highlights