Fifth Annual Higher Education Virtual Conference

Event Detail
  • Multiple days
  • Location
  • Webinar
  • Hosting
  • Mark Reeves
  • Managing Director of Operational Excellence

We are back for a fifth year with inspired content to help you navigate the changing world of higher education. Register now to reserve your spot for all three days of the CLA conference.

View the recordings for all three dates:

Tuesday, February 21 — Noon – 3 p.m. CT (Recording and Presentation Slides)

Day 1 Recording

12:10 – 1 p.m. CT

Keynote Speaker, Freeman Hrabowski

The Empowered University: A 60-Year Perspective on Broadening Participation in American Higher Education and Society: Shifting Culture to Adapt to Change with Resilience
Demographic, technological, and economic changes present our universities with significant challenges and opportunities for preparing students from backgrounds from around the world for success. In his keynote address, Dr. Hrabowski will discuss what these changes mean for our future work as we seek to increase student diversity, inclusion, and success. Emphasizing themes from his TED talk, he will focus our attention on the importance of high expectations and hard work, building community among students, faculty engagement with students, and rigorous assessment of what works. He will assess the way innovative approaches — including course re-design, active and experiential learning, research experiences, and partnerships with companies and agencies — promote student success, inclusive excellence, and achievement for students.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize the evolution of higher education over the past 60 years 
  • Recognize the meaning of culture, how it evolves, and the important role of both STEM and the Humanities/Social Sciences throughout American higher education and society

Freeman Hrabowski

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. CT

What Does Digital Transformation Look Like in Higher Education? (Presentation slides)
In this session, attendees will hear from a panel of college and university leaders about their journey using data.

Learning objectives

  • Recall innovative ways institutions have used data 
  • Identify ways your institution can move forward with digital transformation

Tyler Coher, Data Analyst Manager, CLA 
Deirdre Hodgson, Managing Principal of Industry, CLA 

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. CT

Ensuring Affordability and Equitable Value to Increase Educational Attainment and Build Better Communities (Presentation slides)
This session will discuss how colleges and universities are ensuring affordability and equitable value to increase educational attainment and build better communities.

Learning objectives

  • Identify and adopt promising practices affecting affordability, value, and access
  • Identify how to integrate value and affordability with the strategic plan  
  • Recall the collaboration between finance and academic affairs to advance student success, affordability, and value 

Matt Ceppi, Executive Director at AASCU Consulting
Edward Inch, President of Minnesota State University Mankato

 Tuesday, February 28 — Noon – 3 p.m. CT (Recording and Presentation Slides)

Day 2 Recording

12:10 – 1 p.m. CT

Keynote Speaker: Guylaine Saint Juste

Leveraging Strategic Partnerships to Increase Post-Graduation Employment for Students (Presentation Slides)
This session will discuss how highly visible strategic partnerships at the school level can yield positive outcomes for students, faculty, and the school community at large. 

Learning objectives

  • Describe how engagement and relationship cultivation with key organizations can yield to higher student success measures
  • Explain how enhancing faculty’s role in developing and enhancing strategic relationships lead to higher satisfaction and retention
  • Outline how to achieve DEI goals through those relationships

Guylaine Saint Juste, President & CEO, NABA Inc. 

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. CT

Retaining and Re-Recruiting Your Business Office (Presentation Slides)
Learn how re-recruiting your team leads to retention of staff and increases your competitive edge.

Learning objectives

  • Identify realistic practices for re-recruiting key staff and building an office culture that retains employees 
  • Recognize opportunities to implement alternative staffing strategies to support business operations and reduce stress on your teams
  • Recognize industry practices on recruiting, and how internal equity plays a role in retention and resignations 

Octavia Gilmore, Principal, CLA
Jon Fagan, Principal, CLA 

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. CT

A Conversation About Fraud (Presentation Slides)
A conversation about fraud, internal controls, and ethics.

Learning objectives

  • Define best practices on firming up internal controls
  • Review of insider fraud
  • Discuss what to do if your university is experiencing a forensic event

Folashade Abiola-Banjac, Esq., CLA

Tuesday, March 7 — Noon – 3 p.m. CT (Recording and Presentation Slides)

Day 3 Recording

12:10 – 1 p.m. CT

M365 Security: Dangers of the Default Configuration, and an update on GLBA (Presentation Slides)
Microsoft 365 continues to dominate a large sector of the market providing a full range of business and productivity services. While M365 default security settings offer users layers of protection, every institution must consider these configurations in relation to their specific needs. We will discuss the underlying default security issues that exist and key configurations every institution needs to know to make their Microsoft 365 environment safer.

The updated GLBA requirements compliance date has been extended. However, this does not mean that there are not requirements that you should be in compliance with today. During this session we will revisit the requirements, note the exceptions, and identify the requirements that are still due based on the original due date of December 9th, 2022.

Learning objectives

  • Recognize Microsoft is not responsible for configuring your M365 environment securely
  • Describe key areas of data security concerns in Microsoft 365
  • Identify GLBA requirements and how that will impact your preparation 

Kadian Douglas, Principal, CLA
Nehemiah Jones, Cybersecurity Penetration Tester Senior, CLA 

1:10 – 2:00 p.m. CT

Navigating Higher Education Compliance (Presentation slides)
Both public and private institutions are required to navigate a complex compliance landscape that touches a broad range of rules and regulations. From correct filing of 1099’s and other information returns to appropriate classification of employees and independent contractors, this session will cover compliance topics specific to higher education such as potential compliance implications from your institution’s activities abroad; income classification for payments made to students, faculty, and staff; nonresident alien compliance and reporting; taxation of tuition remission; the private college endowment excise tax; common sources of unrelated business income in higher education; and more.

Learning objectives

  • Identify compliance and risk areas that have an impact on higher education institutions
  • Review methods for assessing and prioritizing risks and establishing a compliance plan for your institution
  • Identify who needs to be involved outside of the finance and administration offices to work toward meeting your institution’s compliance initiatives  

Sarah Hintz, Principal, CLA 

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. CT

Transforming Business Processes in Higher Education
This session will describe how business offices can integrate technology into processes, operations, user experience, and even culture to solve problems, simplify work, and improve business practices.

Learning objectives

  • Describe why it’s important to modernize and streamline
  • Identify the elements of success — and the challenges 
  • Identify examples of how institutions are transforming business processes

Mark Reeves, Managing Director of Quality-Outsourcing, CLA
David Robydek, Principal, CLA
Leslie Anderson, BizOps Chief Financial Officer, CLA
Mandy Kibler, Associate Vice President and University Controller at University of South Carolina


Who should watch 

This conference is intended for presidents, CEOs, CFOs, CIOs, controllers, and other administrators at higher education institutions.

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Beth Taylor
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