Preconference Workshops


The Leadership in Higher Education Conference offers three half-day preconference workshops. The cost is $299 for each workshop.

Enrollment is offered during conference registration.

If you have already registered for the conference, call 608-246-3590 to enroll.


Best Practices for Online Course Design, Delivery, and Review

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Stephanie K. Ferguson, dean of distance learning and professional studies, New Mexico Junior College

  Stephanie K. Ferguson Stephanie K. Ferguson

As demand for online courses and the flexibility they provide increases, it is essential for institutions and their administrators to monitor and assess the quality of online course design and delivery through a systematic review process. Developing such a process can, in turn, support institutional and programmatic accreditation efforts as well as provide data for both professional development and human resource decisions.

Through case studies, artifacts, discussion, and small group activities, participants will share their perspectives and experience while gaining insight on and practicing with methods of designing, delivering, and reviewing online course content.

Learning goals:

  • Articulate best practices in quality online course design and delivery
  • Identify when and how best practices in online course design are implemented
  • Develop a plan to review online courses to determine parity between face-to-face and online content quality and rigor


Creating Your Data-Informed Culture

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Richard L. Riccardi, senior associate provost and dean of libraries, Rider University

  Richard L. Riccardi Richard L. Riccardi

Data-driven change. It’s what every academic leader wants, but only a handful of institutions have achieved this culture shift. To be successful, deans and department chairs need access to quality, timely information, but many lack both the knowledge and resources to address their critical issues. This pre-conference workshop will examine the terminology and its impact on the institution, describe the challenges and benefits of its implementation, illustrate the resources/skill-sets needed, and offer real-world examples of analyses that help to predict future student demand by identifying the data elements necessary for success. In this age of “doing more with less,” this workshop will offer methods and metrics that target roadblocks and red flags to student success and faculty productivity, providing best practices in creating a culture informed by data and not driven by anecdotes.


Effectively Navigating the Five Most Difficult Legal Issues Faced by Deans and Department Chairs

Thursday, October 19, 2017 | 1:00–4:30 pm

Scott Schneider, JD, Partner, Fisher Phillips

  Scott Schneider Scott Schneider

In this workshop, participants will work to resolve a series of hypothetical situations involving some of the most difficult legal and practical issues they may encounter when serving in academic leadership positions, including:

  • Navigating discrimination and contract issues in the academic hiring process
  • Dealing with a colleague who is acting erratically and raising safety concerns
  • Handling faculty performance problems especially in situations where the faculty member has complained about mistreatment
  • Denying tenure and terminating a tenure-line professor
  • Handling employee and student Title IX concerns

In discussing these issues, participants will gain an in-depth understanding of the applicable law and discuss the unique aspects of the academic setting which often make compliance especially challenging.