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    A Message from our Executive Director

    Dear ACCET Colleagues: On behalf of the Accrediting Commission and staff, welcome to the 2010 ACCET Annual Conference. This year’s theme, A Partnership for Quality: Mapping Institutional Effectiveness, celebrates ACCET's 36th anniversary while also recalling the numerous changes that have affected our private postsecondary sector over the past decades. In a long bygone era our institutions, both proprietary schools and national accrediting agencies were often cast in the harshest terms and after a brief period of golden years once again appears to have been called in question as Capitol Hill and the media have become obsessed with the bad-apple crowd in our sector with cries of indignation that a profit motive inherently taints us all. We have focused on providing quality training to our students aimed specifically at achieving positive outcomes in student satisfaction, certification, completion, and placement rates, which in turn has served as a mission-centered report card on successful metrics for each institution. These measures were not easily adopted or achieved, but your dedication and support lead to the heightened recognition and credibility of ACCET. Sadly, there are those who have fallen back into the patterns of the past, or are under the demands of the publicly traded marketplace for growth where often the primary criteria for success is revenue and a secondary focus on actual benefit to students. ACCET and our member institutions work diligently to maintain the balance of entrepreneurial vigor and educational soundness, recognizing that measurable outcomes that enhance the value of our students as the truest long-term indicator of success. Savannah seems like a fitting destination off the beaten path to relax, while taking a break from the day-to-day grind with some fresh insights and good company. We have assembled an impressive group of colleagues, including our ACCET Commissioners and staff, the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, state licensing agencies, and other accrediting agencies that share our mission, along with guest speakers, exhibitors, and fellow member schools, to provide us this annual venue for staying in touch, keeping current, and looking ahead. In that spirit, we welcome you to ACCET's 36th anniversary event and look forward to making or renewing acquaintances as we join together at this important partnership for quality that matches our words with our deeds. Best Regards,

    Roger J. Williams

  • ftÇwç _Év~ãÉÉw Sandra N. Lockwood General Conference Chair Past Chair, ACCET Accrediting Commission

    Connie Paladino Connie Paladino Graphics and Design Planning Committee

    Darlene Foret Darlene Foret Conference Co-Chair Planning Committee

    Anneka Swamy Anneka Swamy Planning Committee ACCET Staff Liaison

    Dear ACCET Conference Attendees:

    Welcome to ACCET’s 2010 Annual Conference! The waterfront Westin Hotel & Resort features sweeping views of Savannah’s historic Riverfront. It is Savannah’s only urban resort with a PGA golf course. A complimentary water taxi shuttles guests to and from the riverfront shops, restaurants and historical district. ACCET’s annual Conference gives our members & professional colleagues a unique opportunity to assemble together to focus on issues pertinent to our sector. This year’s theme: A Partnership for Quality: Mapping Institutional Effectiveness speaks boldly to the challenges we face today in higher education. The Conference Planning Committee is proud to present a program that is diverse, educational, topical and entertaining. The next three days are filled with sessions and events that you will not want to miss: Monday’s agenda includes two morning workshops, the Opening General Session with Dewayne Matthews, Keynote Speaker, Annual Business Meeting and Exhibitor’s Reception. Breakout Sessions and time with our exhibitors dominate Tuesday ending with a special after dinner event; and Wednesday features a Keynote Breakfast Closing Session followed by two Power Workshops that are conference highlights! On behalf of the Planning Committee, this conference has been designed to leave you with the inspiration of new ideas, a renewed focus on the topical issues facing us as providers of quality education, and new and/or rekindled friendships. Thank you for choosing to join us! WELCOME! Enjoy the conference and the unique charm of Savannah!!

    Welcome!

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  • Booth # Exhibitor 1 Becker Media 2 Distance Learning Consortium 3 MDT Direct Marketing 4 Muno, Summers & Associates 5 Lead Advantage Inc. 6 Diamond D, Inc. 7 Wonderlic, inc. 8 Norton Norris, Inc. 9 TFC Credit Corporation 10 The Boston Ed Network 11 College Executives 12 American Medical Technologists 13 TopSchool, Inc. 14 Salmon Sims Thomas 15 Plattform Advertising 16 Deemer Dana & Froele

    Booth # Exhibitor 17 McGraw-Hill Career College Division 18 Champion College Services 19 American Student Financial Group 20 ACCET Conference Booth 21 Kessler Orlean Silver 22 Gragg Advertising 23 Campus Management 24 Knutte & Associates PC 25 Nat’l Center for Competency Testing 26 Workforce Communications 27 FAME 28 Contact Direct Marketing 29 Vector Careers 30 Deborah John & Associates 31 RJM Systems, Inc. 32 Employee Capital Management

    Westin FLOOR PLAN Westin Savannah Harbor Hotel Grand Ballroom

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    General Information Conference Registration Center Registration materials may be picked up at the Registration Center on the Second Level Landing at the top of the escalator during the following hours: Monday, November 1 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday, November 2 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday, November 3 8:00 am to 10:00 am This area is also the general information center for the conference and will be attended by ACCET staff. Badges Your name badge serves as your official conference “ticket” and MUST BE WORN AT ALL FUNCTIONS. You may be denied admission if you do not have a badge. Badges will be issued when you sign in at the registration center. Badges are NOT transferable. Conference registration includes entrance to all sessions and events, one continental breakfast, one sit-down breakfast, one evening reception with Exhibitors, one buffet luncheon, and the special evening dessert reception on Thursday evening. CEU’s Earn CEU’s for attendance at conference events. Information is available in your registration materials and at Registration Desk. Smoking / Non-smoking / Electronic Devices. ACCET as well as the hotel observes a non-smoking format during all sessions and events. Please confine smoking to the designated outside areas and, in consideration of other participants, please turn off all pagers, cell phones, or other electronic devices during all sessions. Exhibit Hall Events One continental breakfast, a buffet luncheon, and one evening reception will be held in the Exhibit Hall in the Ambassador Ballroom during the following hours: Monday, November 1 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Opening Welcome Reception Tuesday, November 2 8:00 am to 9:00 am Continental Breakfast Noon to 1:30 pm Buffet Luncheon Message Board A message board will be located in the Registration Center for your convenience. Special Activities On Tuesday evening, dinner is on your own, but come back in time for this casual, but elegant Champagne and Dessert reception, outdoors on the beautiful Harbor lawn overlooking the Savannah River. Join the ACCET Commissioners, Staff, and the Conference Planning Committee as we toast our collegial friendships in this relaxing social hour.

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    Monday, November 1, 2010 8:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration Center Open Second Floor Landing Landing 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Exhibitor Sign-In and Setup Second Floor Landing 9:00 am – Noon Opening Conference Workshops 9:00 am – 10:30 am ACCET: “Town Hall” Forum Harbor Ballroom B Ground Floor Presenters: ACCET Commissioners and Staff Moderator: Mr. Roger J. Williams, Executive Director of ACCET All ACCET members should join this once-a-year forum that provides an opportunity for attendees to interact face-to-face with ACCET’s Commissioners and Executive Director. Attendees will be provided an overview of significant ACCET policy issues undertaken this past year and those under review for the upcoming year. This will include the final revisions for the Standards for Accreditation that will be presented for a vote of the membership in the Annual Business meeting. The unveiling of ACCET’s expansive new website and database will also be demonstrated and discussed. A key component of this session will be the Executive Directo