OLC Leadership Network Event
Pre-Conference Workshop Session 2
Institutional leaders are challenged with making decisions in an increasingly complex and changing higher education landscape. From evolving federal policies and regulations governing online education to the development of partnerships with private and public entities. Many of these are impacted by an institutions ability to make data informed decisions and to report on accountability measures. This Leadership Network event brings together experienced higher ed leaders to discuss these important and changing issues through guided discussions.
1:30-1:35 Welcome and Opening Remarks - Jennifer Mathes, Interim Executive Director, OLC
1:35-1:55 General Session One: Measuring Impact, Tom Cavanagh, UCF
1:55-2:20 Breakout Session One
2:20-2:40 General Session Two: Policy and Regulations Impacting Online Education, Russ Poulin, Executive Director WCET
2:40-3:05 Breakout Session Two
3:15-3:35 General Session Three: Partnership Strategies, Bob Ubell, Vice Dean Emeritus, Online Learning at NYU Tandon Online, School of Engineering; Michael Goldstein, Cooley, LLP
5 Important Reasons Why Your Online Program Should Enter Into Productive Corporate Partnerships
A session that encourages you to enter into partnerships with corporate, professional society and other productive partnerships that will benefit your online program in at least 5 principal ways—in addition to (1) generating new enrollments and tuition revenue from corporate employees and society members, it offers you the possibility of (2) initiating joint research as well as establishing (3) actively engaged corporate external advisory board participation. Corporate and other partners can also be enlisted in (4) marketing and branding efforts and (5) extending recruitment nationally and globally in parallel with the footprints of your partners in the US and abroad. Examples of successful initiatives will be examined, together with effective approaches on how to introduce pinpointed strategies. Attendees will participate in working groups to explore how institutions might launch partnership programs that fit their online profiles.
While one route to increasing enrollment in online programs is for an institution to develop one-on-one relationships with employers to take advantage of their employee tuition support opportunities, except for the largest institutions these efforts tend to be limited to the geographic area immediately surrounding the school. Another rapidly emerging approach is to connect with the new breed of organizations, such as InStride, Guild and CAEL, that serve as intermediaries between employers and institutions to connect employees with online and hybrid learning opportunities. This discussion will consider the costs, benefits, opportunities and complexities of such relationships.
3:35-4:00 Breakout Session Three
4:00-4:30 Panel Discussion and Closing Remarks