Small College Leadership Workshops

2024

 

John Curtis

JOHN CURTIS, PH.D. Professor of Donor-Driven Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Change Mgmt. with 25 years of nonprofit consulting experience.

MAR 12

 

Donor-Driven, Major Gifts Fundraising WITHOUT Development Staff

Most schools understand the need to transform their approach to fundraising but few know how, especially when they have NO fundraising staff.

This workshop will show you how to use an innovative, donor-driven approach that is based on the donor’s philanthropic goals, family tradition or Christian faith.

This approach is not about what the school wants FROM the donor but, instead, what the schools wants FOR the donor.

You will learn how to

  1. develop, launch, and successfully conclude a major gifts campaign with little expense and WITHOUT any development staff;
  2. engage your board, staff, and alumni in developing a clear, compelling Case for Support about why a donor would invest in your school in the first place;
  3. design and host fun, inspiring, non-fundraising awareness events to introduce the Case to new donor prospects to earn the right to solicit them for a gift; and
  4. do donor cultivation and solicitation following the event with existing donors, board, staff, and volunteers.

Why not have faculty join you at no extra charge in this workshop?

Dr. Jim Adams

JIM J. ADAMS, Ed.D. President Emeritus Life Pacific University

APR 9

 

How to Recruit and Retain International Students

Your small Christian college can increase enrollment and provide a more vibrant campus climate by enrolling students from across borders.

This workshop will introduce college leaders to

  1. the regulatory systems, enrollment management strategies, and methods critical for retaining international students on campus;
  2. the logistics and strategies for enrolling international students in online or distance programs; and
  3. context concerning English language competency and specialized support services needed for international students.

 

Brian Tomhave

BRIAN TOMHAVE, MA Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Life Pacific University

MAY 14

 

How to Train Faculty to Teach Online

The greatest factor determining the quality of an online course is excellent instruction grounded in careful course design.

This workshop will present methods for training faculty to create an online learning community resulting in improved courses, programs, student satisfaction, and retention.

Participants will learn how to

  1. establish clear expectations for online faculty,
  2. train them to meet those expectations through significant instructor / student interaction, and
  3. evaluate faculty performance with a goal toward improvement.

Why not have faculty join you at no extra charge in this workshop?

Dr. David Agron

DAVID AGRON, PHD, Senior Accreditation Consultant at Agron & Associates, Inc.

SEP 10

 

ASSESSMENT 101

This workshop will show you the keys to building an assessment plan that gives you useful data, guards against mission drift, and leads to improvements in your school.

Dr. Agron will distribute some of the same tools and instruments he uses for schools that outsource their assessment management to his company.

Dr. David Agron

DAVID AGRON, PHD, Senior Accreditation Consultant at Agron & Associates, Inc.

OCT 8

Accreditation: When Will Your School Be Ready to Pursue It?

After this workshop, you will understand how to pursue accreditation, know whether your college is ready to begin, and leave with a variety of suggestions for strengthening your college.

Specifically, we will discuss . . .

  • the benefits of accreditation;
  • choosing the right accrediting agency;
  • eligibility requirements;
  • steps and timelines in the accreditation process;
  • costs;
  • the documents to prepare (hundreds of pages and hundreds of changes to make); and
  • the roadblocks your college may face, and how to overcome those roadblocks (e.g., lack of finances, not enough students, inadequate faculty credentials, staff and expertise, etc.).

Why not have faculty join you at no extra charge in this workshop?

 

Sally Samuels

SALLY SAMUELS Director of Compliance, FAME, Inc.

Nov 12

 

After Title IV Approval: Next Steps for Maximum Funding

Once your school is approved for Title IV Federal Student Financial Aid, there are many steps to ensure that your students are eligible to receive the maximum aid at your institution.

This session will provide step by step instructions to ensure that students are funded timely and that your institution is in compliance.

After this workshop, you will also know

  • how to set up required bank accounts,
  • what items must be included on your website, and
  • important ED websites.

Past Workshops

2023

 

Peter Lee, Program Level Assessment Expert

PETER YOUN LEE, ED.S, M.Div., D.Min., MRE, Assistant Director of Assessment at Liberty University

NOV 14

 

What Is Program-Level Assessment and Why Does It Matter to Me?

While faculty often focus on course level assessment, this workshop will show them how they must also meet program objectives.

Additionally, we will discuss how to align the curriculum so as to achieve both program and institutional objectives.

Join academic assessment expert Dr. Peter Lee, who will help you to

  1. understand what program-level assessment is;
  2. discuss how to make your faculty participate in a program-level assessment; and
  3. share what the benefits of having faculty participate in a program-level assessment are.

Why not have faculty join you at no extra charge in this workshop?

 

JOHN SAVAGE, CEO of the Savage Group and “Revenue Revivalist” for nonprofits for 35+ years.

JULY 11

5 Emerging Revenue Sources for Your Christian College

The fulfillment of your mission depends, in part, on funding.

This workshop probes new and emerging revenue sources such as social enterprise, bequests and planned giving, alumni engagement initiatives, and third-party investments.

By the end of this workshop, college administrators and leaders should be well positioned to chart a course for increasing and diversifying their revenue streams to sustain and equip them for the years ahead.

 

John Curtis

JOHN CURTIS, PH.D. Professor of Donor-Driven Fundraising, Board Development, Strategic Planning, and Change Mgmt. with 25 years of nonprofit consulting experience.

MAY 9

Donor-Driven, Major Gifts Fundraising WITHOUT Development Staff

Most schools understand the need to transform their approach to fundraising, but few know how, especially when they have NO fundraising staff.

This workshop will show you how to use an innovative, donor-driven approach that is based on the donor’s philanthropic goals, family tradition, or Christian faith.

This approach is not about what the school wants FROM the donor but, instead, what the school wants FOR the donor.

You will learn how to:

  • Develop, launch, and successfully conclude a major gifts campaign with little expense and WITHOUT any development staff.
  • Engage your board, staff, and alumni in developing a clear, compelling Case for Support about why a donor would even want to invest in your school.
  • Design and host fun, inspiring, non-fundraising awareness events to introduce the Case to new donor prospects to earn the right to solicit them for a gift.
  • Do donor cultivation and solicitation following the event with existing donors, board, staff, and volunteers.

 

Tim Fuller

TIM FULLER, MBA Founder of Fuller Higher Ed, specializing in strategic enrollment consulting.

APR 11

Achieving Strategic Enrollment Health: Keys to Long-Term Growth

Are you meeting your enrollment goals?

Whether you are enrolling enough students is not the only question to ask about your strategies. Do they align with your mission? How do they impact student retention? Will they lead to long-term growth?

What should your campus focus on to meet your enrollment goals with students who align with mission?

Tim Fuller, Founder of Fuller Higher Ed Solutions, will share 10 keys based on his 42 years of campus and consulting experience with Christian higher education enrollment.

 

Randall Bell

RANDALL BELL, ED.D. Director Emeritus of the ABHE Commission on Accreditation

MAR 14

Discover Four Essential Functions of the Assessment Process

Join veteran ABHE director as he walks through four essential ingredients for determining if students are actually learning what you want them to learn: Planning learning activities, compiling evidence of learning, determining what to assess, and evaluating evidence.

 

Brian Tomhave

BRAIN TOMHAVE, MA Dean of Institutional Effectiveness at Life Pacific University

JAN 10

How to Train Faculty to Teach Online

The most important factor affecting the quality of online education is the quality of instruction.

This workshop will present strategies and processes to train faculty to design and teach online courses. It will specifically address how to help faculty embrace online education, design online courses in ways that enhance learning, make appropriate use of discussion forums and multimedia, and apply effective online learning strategies.

It will also describe how to establish clear expectations for faculty and conduct faculty evaluation that leads to improvement.

2022

 

Kirsten Snarey, Alliance Defending Freedom Regional Director

KIRSTEN SNAREY Regional Alliance Director for Alliance Defending Freedom’s Church Alliance and Ministry Alliance programs

DEC 14

Protect Your School’s Religious Freedoms: A Talk by the Alliance Defending Freedom

We never thought things like this could happen. Today, it is not a matter of if colleges will be threatened or sued for standing true to God’s Word; the question is when and where such cases will arise.

In this workshop, you will have a rare opportunity to hear from an Alliance Defending Freedom Regional Director on legal issues impacting Christian colleges such as:

  • SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Identity) laws
  • Land use issues
  • Access to government grants, programs & facilities
  • Government mandates
  • Tax Exemption
  • Ministry Employment

 

Sally Samuels

SALLY SAMUELS Director of Compliance, FAME, Inc.

NOV 8

Title IV Funds: Top 5 MUST-HAVE Policies for Eligibility & Recertification

Could your school enroll and retain more students if they had access to Federal financial aid?

Title IV funds include Pell Grants, Supplemental Equal Opportunity Grants, Federal Work-Study, and Federal Direct Loans. These Federal funds can play a critical role in helping your school increase the number of student enrollments and retention.

In this important workshop, you’ll walk away understanding the TOP 5 polices that are essential for gaining access to and retaining Title IV Federal financial aid and more.

 

Dr. Rikki Turner

Dr. RIKKI TURNER, Campus suicide prevention expert

SEP 13, 2022

How to Address Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts on Campus

As demonstrated by the dramatic increase of students experiencing anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts, college campuses are in the midst of a mental health crisis.

The National Mental Health institute reports that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students! Twenty percent of college students have had suicidal thoughts within the last year. One in three students enter college with at least one diagnosed mental health challenge. Fifty percent experience anxiety, depression, or other mental health challenges while in college.

Dr. Jim Adams

Dr. JIM J. ADAMS, President Emeritus Life Pacific University

AUG 10, 2022

How to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates

This workshop will present effective ideas, tools, and strategies for faculty members to help prevent student attrition and increase completion. Both online and traditional classroom environments will be discussed.

 

 

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John Savage, EMBA

JOHN SAVAGE, CEO of the Savage Group and Revenue Revivalist of nonprofits for 35+ years.

JUL 13, 2022

5 Emerging Revenue Sources for Your Christian College

The fulfillment of your mission depends on funding, among other things.

Bible colleges today are challenged to find new students and new donors as their primary revenue sources. However, college presidents and their boards are beginning to find other alternatives outside these traditional sources of revenue.

This workshop probes new and emerging revenue sources such as social enterprise, bequests and planned giving, alumni engagement initiatives, and third-party investments.

By the end of this workshop, participants should be well positioned to chart a course for increasing and diversifying their revenue streams to sustain and equip them for the years ahead.

Dr. David Agron

DR DAVID AGRON, Senior Accreditation Consultant at Agron & Associates, Inc.

JUN 8, 2022

How to Develop Alumni Associations That Are Useful to Christian Colleges

This workshop guides administrators as to how they can work with volunteer alumni leaders to develop an alumni association that will benefit both the school and the alumni.

Training a staff member to work with the volunteers is key.

John Derry

JOHN DERRY, President Emeritus of Hope International University in California and serves as a board governance coach with the Association of Biblical Higher Education

MAY 11, 2022

Strategic Planning in Uncertain Times for Small Christian Colleges

In this workshop, we will look at current trends that are threatening Christian higher education and consider how best to respond. The fundamentals of a strategic plan will be discussed, but with an emphasis on innovation, flexibility, and scenario planning.

 

 

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Jamie Giblett

JAMIE GIBLETT, Sales Manager at Digistorm

APR 13

Keys to Turning Unengaged Students into Raving Fans

Students stay at your school when they feel ownership, pride, and a sense of being part of the campus community. Every campus leader knows this well. The morale of any campus is enhanced by branding strategies and tactics that build a sense of community.

With timely and effective communications, a bit of fun in the mix, and meaningful engagement, you can use key retention strategies to capture the hearts of your alumni, donors, and prospects.

Shari Gannon

SHARI GANNON, CEO & Creative Brand Architect at Krave Branding

MAR 9, 2022

Using Marketing to Attract THE RIGHT Students to Your School

Before you started your school, you may have noticed something missing from the other schools in your area or felt your methods would be better or more effective in educating students that would make them more successful after graduation. You dreamt of what classes you were going to offer, how you were going to run them, who you were going to serve and a multitude of other ideas that gave you a good reason to open a school in the first place.

In the early stages of any school, the common goal is to get as many students enrolled for classes as possible, no matter who they are. But, let’s face it, NOT EVERYONE is a good fit for your school and THAT’S OKAY.

In this workshop, we will determine who your ideal target market is based on your niche and discuss marketing strategies that will attract the right students.

Sally Samuels

SALLY SAMUELS, Director of Compliance at FAME, Inc.

FEB 9, 2022

Title IV Financial Aid:  How to Apply for and Begin Offering It

How do we provide students with college funding in today’s economy? By accessing federal money and additional funding sources.

In this workshop, you will discover . . .

  • The advantages of offering Title IV funds
  • How to prepare to meet eligibility requirements for Title IV funding
  • The process of applying for Title IV
  • The importance of accreditation
Shari Gannon

SHARI GANNON, CEO & Creative Brand Architect at Krave Branding

JAN 12, 2022 

Are You Ready to Start Marketing Your School?

Every school has a story. Every story needs to be told. So, what’s your story? What makes your school unique from all the others? Do you have a niche? Every school or business needs to have a brand foundation developed before they can truly market their idea. In this workshop, we will review your current brand and existing marketing materials and determine if you are ready to market your school. After the review, we will identify the foundational pieces that you still need to successfully market yourself and capture the results you want.

2021

Bruce Cannon

BRUCE CANNON, President Emeritus Yellowstone Christian College

DEC 9, 2021

Dealing with Destructive Behavior on Campus

As destructive behavior escalates in society, it is becoming more common on Christian campuses, too. Get equipped to identify and peacefully handle destructive behavior by board members, administrators, faculty, and students.

By the end of the workshop, you will be equipped to . . .
• spot personality traits that can lead to conflict and destructive behavior,
• respond to those above you who display destructive behavior,
• respond to colleagues around you who display destructive behavior,
• respond to students who display destructive behavior,
• understand general principles of biblical conflict management, and
• engage in questions and answer dialogue(if time permits).

Other Payments

Free Consultation List

One free consultation per topic of your choice. One free consultation per month.

Accreditation, etc.

  • How to Achieve Accreditation, Timelines, Costs, Procedures…
  • Self-study
  • Assessment

Marketing, Fundraising & Recruiting Students

  • First Steps to Marketing Your School on a Budget
  • Identifying Your Best Marketing Niche for Growth
  • How to Market to Your Best Niche (e.g., Social Media, How to Select Content and Images, What to Put on and Leave off a Website)
  • Digital Marketing Strategies for Social Media, Search Engines, Email, Blogs…
  • Brief Review of Your Marketing Materials (e.g., website, social media, brochures)
  • How to Start an Alumni Association That Is Useful to a Small Christian College
  • Planning Academic Programs That Attract Students
  • Cultivating Major Donors
  • How to Do Donor-Driven, Major Gifts Fundraising

Federal Student Financial Aid
(Title IV)

  • How to Apply and Begin Offering Aid
  • Policies and Procedures Needed for Compliance
  • Minimum Program Lengths Requirements
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Clery Act Requirements
  • How to Prepare for an Initial On-Site Visit
  • What to Look for When Hiring Financial Aid Officers

Mission, Purpose & Spiritual Issues

  • Strategies for Facilitating Spiritual Life on Campus
  • The Spiritually Accountable Colleges Assessment Project
  • Dealing With Mission Drift

Administration

  • How to Develop a Board That Is a Real Help to Your Small Christian School
  • The President's Relationships: Board, Staff, Faculty, Donors, Churches…
  • The President’s Role in Hospitality
  • Finding Resources for an Effective Presidency
  • Dealing With Destructive Behavior on Campus (e.g., from leadership, board members, team members, faculty…)

Academics

  • Recruiting, Retaining and Developing Faculty

Distance Education

  • Distance Education

Library

  • Growing Your Library Without Spending Money (free online databases, materials, equipment, staff, etc.)

Finance

  • Budget Planning

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