Middle States Commission on Higher Education


2013 (December) MSCHE Annual Conference

MSCHE 2013 Annual Conference
December 8-10
• Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel


About the Conference
We invite you to join us in our nation's birthplace - Philadelphia - for MSCHE: Strengthening the Foundation, the 2013 Annual Conference of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Building on the success of past MSCHE conferences and with an eye on the challenges confronting institutions and accreditors alike, this year we will offer exemplary practices and practical ideas through an outstanding series of plenary speakers, concurrent sessions, and pre-conference workshops. Topics include assessment issues, the self-study process, emerging and evolving federal regulations, substantive change, Commission compliance reviews, and much more.

Read on and learn more about this year's exciting program.
We hope to see you in Philadelphia!

R. Barbara Gitenstein, Ph.D., Chair of the Commission; and President, The College of New Jersey
Elizabeth H. Sibolski, Ph.D., Presiden
t of the Commission
Karen Stout, Ed.D., Commissioner; Chair of the Program Committee; and President, Montgomery County Community College

2013 Annual Conference Planning Committee
KJ Fitzpatrick, MSCHE Director for
Conferences and Educational Programs
Victoria Clark, MSCHE Assistant Director for Conferences and Educational Programs
Richard J. Pokrass, MSCHE Director for Communications and Public Relations
Program Committee/Reviewers
Karen Stout, Chair; MSCHE Commissioner; and President, Montgomery County Community College

Barbara Samuel Loftus, Vice President of Planning, Misericordia University
Ellie A. Fogarty and Debra G. Klinman, MSCHE Vice Presidents

Preliminary Program

Preliminary Program - Full Printed Version
Click HERE to download pdf version of the Preliminary Program.

Program at a Glance
Click HERE to download pdf version of the program chart.

Pre-conference Workshops
Sunday, December 8, 2013 (Click HERE for information.)

Conference Program
Sunday, December 8, 2013 (Click HERE for information.)
Monday, December 9, 2013 (Click HERE for information.)
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 (Click HERE for information.)

Please note the following change in the printed preliminary program. The Opening Plenary Session speaker on Sunday, December 8, 2013 will be Holiday Hart McKiernan, Chief of Staff and General Counsel, Lumina Foundation. The Closing Plenary Session speaker on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 will be Paul LeBlanc, President, Southern New Hampshire University. These changes are reflected in the online links provided above.

Meet with your MSCHE Liaison
The MSCHE Vice Presidents have set aside time during the Annual Conference for brief meetings with representatives of the institutions for which they serve as liaison. Time slots are limited and will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to arrange a brief meeting with the Vice President assigned to your institution, please contact Diana Bonner, Executive Assistant to the Vice Presidents, at dbonner@msche.org. If you are not certain who your liaison is, click HERE, then locate and click on the name of your institution.

The contents of all presentations are developed by the individual speakers. With the exception of Commission staff presenters, MSCHE neither implies its endorsement or support of the comments of individual presenters. Individual recording (audio or visual) of conference presentations is strictly prohibited. All conference functions are subject to change and/or cancellation due to circumstances beyond the control of the Commission.

Conference Exhibit & Bookstore

The Exhibit Hall is a popular place to explore the new products and services offered by participating companies, and to network with professional peers. In addition to the exhibits, the hall will feature continental breakfast each day for conference attendees, and the Conference Bookstore and Hospitality Booth. This year's conference will once again feature a dedicated Monday afternoon time block to visit exclusively with the exhibitors.

Exhibit Schedule
Sunday, December 8
Exhibit Hall Welcome Reception · 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Monday, December 9
Exhibit Hall Open · 7:30 am – 4:30 pm 

Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall · 7:30 – 8:45 am 
Exclusive Exhibit Block and Refreshment Break · 2:15 ­- 3:30 pm

Tuesday, December 10
Exhibit Hall Open · 7:30 – 11:30 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall
· 7:30 – 8:45 am

Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall · 11:00­ - 11:15 am

Conference Bookstore & Hospitality Booth
This year's MSCHE conference bookstore will contain a selection of books on assessment, planning, and institutional effectiveness from leading publishers. Also available for purchase will be a variety of recent Commission publications. Stop by, browse, and select your favorites. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express will be accepted for all purchases. The hospitality booth will feature brochures on Philadelphia cultural and historical attractions, transit maps, and the newly updated MSCHE Restaurant Guide.

List of Current Exhibitors
(with links to exhibitor websites - bold type indicates additional sponsorship)

Apperson Datalink
BluDesygn-Consulting, LLC
Campus Labs (Additional Sponsor)
CLA+ (Collegiate Learning Assessment)
Concord USA Inc (xitracs)
Digital Architecture
Digital Measures
eScience Labs, LLC
LiveText, Inc (Additional Sponsor)
MBS Service Company
Pass-Port (Innovative Learning and Assessment Technologies, LLC)
ProctorU Inc
Software Secure
Strategic Planning Online
The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning
The IDEA Center
The Learning House, Inc
Three Rivers Systems
TK20, Inc (Additional Sponsor)
TLS On-Line Solutions
World Education Services
Worldwide Instructional Design System

(The Middle States Commission on Higher Education neither endorses nor recommends the products or services of any exhibitor.)

Prospective Exhibitors
The exhibit hall is sold out.

Conference Registration & Fees

Early Discount
Register by November 11, 2013.
Save $100
the regular registration fee.



Regular registration fee from November 12-25, 2013.
After November 25, 2013,
individuals must register on-site.

$525 $625





Unless otherwise noted, the registration fee includes all general sessions, exhibits, welcome reception, attendees' lunch, and breakfasts with exhibitors. Pre-conference workshops require additional fees (see below). Badges and conference materials will be held for attendees' arrival at the conference. All registrations must be completed online with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express only). Checks and purchase orders are not accepted.

Pre-Conference Workshop Information & Fees

Five pre-conference workshops are offered during this year's meeting. Each workshop has a maximum attendance, so early registration is encouraged. Click HERE for descriptions of pre-conference workshops. Pre-conference workshop participants must register for the full conference in addition to the pre-conference workshop. Pre-conference workshops are separately ticketed activities within the annual conference, and require payment of additional fees (see below for fee amounts). Pre-conference workshops will not be available for on-site registration. Pre-registration is required. WORKSHOPS W-1, W-2, and W-5 ARE SOLD OUT.

Full-day Workshops
W-1: A Basic Toolbox for Assessing Institutional Effectiveness
$235 -- Fee includes lunch, refreshment breaks, and publication. WORKSHOP W-1 IS SOLD OUT.

W-2: Assessing Our Assessment: How Are We Doing?
$215 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks. WORKSHOP W-2 IS SOLD OUT.

W-3: A Framework for Planning: Effective Strategic Planning that Integrates the Self Study
$215 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment breaks.

Half-day Workshops
W-4: Self-Study: Writing the Report and Preparing the Team

$135 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment break.

W-5: General Education Assessment: Practical Approaches to Enhance Conversations and Results
$135 -- Fee includes lunch and refreshment break. WORKSHOP W-5 IS SOLD OUT.

If you need to modify or cancel your registration, please click HERE. You will need your confirmation number.

To qualify for a refund, registrations must be canceled online by November 11, 2013. A cancellation fee of $95 will be assessed, regardless of reason for the cancellation. Annual Conference "no shows" are not entitled to a refund. To qualify for a pre-conference workshop refund, registrants must cancel online by November 11, 2013. A cancellation fee of $65 will be assessed for full-day workshops and $35 for half-day workshops.

On-Site Registration
On-site registration will take place in the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, MSCHE Registration Desk - 5th Floor - during the following hours: Sunday, December 8, 7:30 am - 6:30 pm; Monday, December 9, 7:30 am - 4:30 pm; and Tuesday, December 10, 7:30 am - 11:30 am. Note that registration for pre-conference workshops will not be available on-site.

Throughout the conference, MSCHE will be photographing plenary sessions, breakout sessions, other events, and Exhibit Hall activities. These photos may be used in future Commission newsletters, promotional materials for other MSCHE-sponsored conferences and workshops, and other MSCHE publications, both print and electronic. By participating in the conference, all attendees agree to be photographed and to allow the Commission to use such photographs for promotional and informational purposes.



The 2013 MSCHE Annual Conference will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. The hotel commands a towering presence in the heart of America's original capital city. Surrounded by rich revolutionary history and culture, guests at this Center City hotel enjoy close proximity to historic attractions.

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the National Constitution Center are a short walk, cab, or bus ride away. A collection of Philadelphia's finest restaurants are located on-site or within walking distance of the hotel. Also nearby are some of the city's top shopping and entertainment venues. The hotel is ideal for travelers, with its close proximity to various modes of transportation. SEPTA's Market East commuter rail station is one block from the hotel, while Amtrak's historic 30th Street Station is one mile away, and Philadelphia International Airport is just nine miles away (direct rail service is available from the airport to the Market East station). The Greyhound bus terminal is approximately three blocks from the hotel.

Conference Rate
$209 per night plus applicable taxes (single or double occupancy). All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit. Reservations must be cancelled at least 72 hours pri
or to the arrival date to avoid a cancellation fee. On-site parking is available for an additional fee. When making a telephone reservation, you must indicate that you are attending the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Annual Conference.

Online: Click HERE.
Telephone: Call 877-212-5752 (Indicate that you are attending the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Annual Conference.)

It is recommended that you make your hotel reservation early. While MSCHE has secured a sufficient number of rooms for all conference attendees, reservations are made on a space and type-available basis. Once the group block is sold out, the conference rate may not be available on all nights. The hotel will hold the room block until Monday, November 11, 2013. After this date, any unreserved rooms in the MSCHE room block will be relased for general sale to the public on a space and rate-available basis. As a courtesy to your colleagues, please finalize your reservation early and cancel any unneeded room nights. This will allow others the opportunity to stay at the conference hotel. (Note that the Middle States Commission on Higher Education only contracts hotel services for the 2013 Annual Conference directly with the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel. No other company is authorized by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education to provide hotel reservations for this meeting. MSCHE is not connected in any way with other companies claiming to represent or provide hotel services for the organization.)

Philadelphia Skyline Photo Credit: Bob Krist - Courtesy of Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Hotel Photo Credits: Courtesy of Philadelphia Marriott Downtown Hotel

Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680; Telephone: (267) 284-5000