2021 Higher Education Virtual Conference

University professor in meeting
  • 2/9/2021 – 2/23/2021
  • Virtual
  • Speaking Hosting

February 9
10 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT

February 16 and 23
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT

Register now to reserve your spot for CLA’s third annual Higher Education Virtual Conference. During our complimentary three-day conference, you’ll gain knowledge and insight to help you navigate the changing world of higher education. 

Virtual Events

February 9 – General sessions and keynote speaker

Keynote Speaker Jeff Selingo — The Future of Work and Higher Education

10:10 – 11 a.m. CT

Today, work as we know it is shifting, and rapidly. Advanced technologies are changing the demand for skills, the nature of occupations, and what is required to earn a good living. This talk examines the changing landscape of the workforce and how the definition of learning and learners are shifting for higher education institutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify how the future of work will impact undergraduate and graduate education
  • Recognize the three emerging models for the future

Instructor

  • Jeff Selingo

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Specialized Knowledge

Legislative and Regulatory Landscape: What Could Lie Ahead for Colleges and Universities

11:10 a.m. – noon CT

This conversation with Tom Netting will cover many topics regarding the higher education environment. The topics include the new stimulus packages, Biden Plan for Education Beyond High School, the new Higher Education Act reauthorization, gainful employment impact on higher education and many more.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the up-to-date insight from Tom Netting as it relates to your institution’s future

Instructors

  • Don Loberg, Managing Principal, Higher Education, CLA
  • Tom Netting, CEO, TEN Government Strategies

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Specialized Knowledge

Sustainable Performance Management in Higher Education

12:10 p.m. – 1 p.m. CT

This session offers content on performance conversations as a replacement for employee evaluations. This program will help your institution move from the annual evaluation cycle to an approach that is timelier and in line with 21st century work culture. The method is designed to foster employer and employee relations and achieve stronger performance as a result. Dr. Lee will guide us in the approach and discuss his newest book, Performance Conversations – How to Use Questions to Coach Employees, Improve Productivity & Boost Confidence.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the value of the performance conversations approach in comparison to more traditional employee appraisal methods.
  • Determine whether performance conversations are a fit for your institutions.
  • Describe how the approach can work well with an increasingly dispersed workforce.

Instructors

  • Sarah Conroy, Human Resources Consultant, CLA
  • Christopher D. Lee, Chief Human Resources Officer, William & Mary

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available:Personnel/Human Resources

Cybersecurity Considerations Emerging from the Pandemic and GLBA Update

1:10 – 2 p.m. CT

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed significant pressures on higher education institutions as we move from a 15% remote work force to a greater than 80% work force. This session will cover some of the issues faced and areas to strengthen in 2021, including the most recent update from the department of education on GLBA.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize risks relating to remote access applications and security of devices and home networks
  • Review the importance of updating risk assessments and policies including vendor management, business continuity plan and incident response policies
  • Revisit an example of a recent major attack and the potential impact on higher education institutions

Instructors

  • Kadian Douglas, Principal, CLA
  • Randy Romes, Principal, CLA

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Information Technology
February 16 – Private colleges and universities

Panel discussion: New Normal — Projecting Before, During, and After a Pandemic

10:10 – 11 a.m. CT

Higher education has been navigating demographic changes, tuition affordability concerns, and discounting pressures, which makes the budget and forecasting process complex. COVID-19 has challenged budget assumptions and business model discussions at institutions. Learn from private institution financial leaders on what they have seen and how they are dealing with financial projections and communication across their organizations amid the ongoing pandemic.

Learning Objective

  • Identify strategies for budgeting and communication in higher education and how they have been impacted by COVID-19.

Instructors and Panelists

  • Deirdre Hodgson, Principal, CLA
  • Mitchell Wein, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, Haverford College
  • Patricia Langer, Associate Vice President for Finance, Macalester College
  • Tish Gade-Jones, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Finance

Data Analytics

11:10 a.m. – noon CT

In this session, participants will learn how the spectrum of data and analytics offerings is impacting higher education. We will illustrate potential use-cases for data and analytics in higher education while providing examples of how institutions have executed on select use-cases.

Learning Objective

  • Identify tangible action items for participants to jump start data and analytics initiatives at your college or university

Instructor

  • Matthew Lang, Principal, CLA

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Specialized Knowledge

FASB — Accounting and Regulatory Update

12:10 – 1 p.m. CT

During this session, the speakers will focus on identifying areas where accounting issues are most likely to occur, including technical updates and lessons learned on a variety of topics, as well as certain compliance matters higher education institutions should be aware of. At the end of this session, participants will be able to describe the technical and compliance requirements of the topics covered and take away practical implementation guidance and examples to help their institutions determine the best path forward.

Learning Objective

  • Review recent accounting standards and updates issued by FASB

Instructors

  • Kyla Greenhoe, Manager, CLA
  • David Jacobson, Principal, CLA

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Accounting
February 23 – Public institutions

Panel Discussion: New Normal — Projecting Before, During, and After a Pandemic

10:10 – 11 a.m. CT

Higher education has been navigating demographic changes, tuition affordability concerns, and discounting pressures, which makes the budget and forecasting process complex. COVID-19 has challenged budget assumptions and business model discussions at institutions. Learn from public institution financial leaders on what they have seen and how they are dealing with financial projections and communication across their organizations amid the ongoing pandemic.

Learning Objective

  • Identify strategies for budgeting and communication in higher education and how they have been impacted by COVID-19.

Instructor and Panelists

  • Andrew Lee, Principal, CLA
  • Dr. DeRionne Pollard, President, Montgomery College
  • Dan Durbin, Vice President for Finance and Administration/CFO, University of Louisville
  • Katrina Yoakum, Senior Director for Financial Analysis & Reporting, University of Kansas

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Finance

Shared Services Model

11:10 a.m. – noon CT

While many institutions have centralized functions, some have moved to a shared services model. Not everyone understands these differences. This session is designed to explain these differences, then discuss the considerations that must be vetted when considering moving to a shared services model. As part of this session, we will have panelists from public higher education institutions that implemented the shared services models discuss the pros and cons of doing so.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the differences between shared services and centralized functions
  • Identify why institutions consider shared services/centralization and the functions most commonly included in such models
  • Review case studies to understand how other institutions have transformed their finance and similar functions into shared services/centralization
  • Identifying steps to consider in creating shared services/centralized functions

Instructors and Panelists

  • Jean Bushong, Principal, CLA
  • Tim Warren, Principal, CLA
  • Bill Maki, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Facilities, Minnesota State
  • Jennifer Bruntmyer, Director of Financial Reporting Services, University Shared Services Enterprise

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Management Services

GASB — Accounting and Regulatory Update

12:10 – 1 p.m. CT

Participants will hear about recent updates to compliance requirements related to the CARES Act as well as three upcoming GASB standards: GASB 87, Leases; GASB 94, Public-Private and Public-Public Partnerships; and GASB 96, Subscription Based Information Technology Arrangements.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe updates to CARES Act compliance requirements.
  • Apply GASB guidance on how to account for leases under GASB 87
  • Explain the new requirements of GASB 94, Public Private Partnerships
  • Apply GASB guidance related to subscription-based information technology arrangements (GASB 96)

Instructors

  • Chrissy Bowman, Principal, CLA
  • Michael Johns, Principal, CLA

Recommended CPE

  • 1 credit available: Accounting (Governmental)

Who should attend

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

CPE:

  • Prerequisites: None
  • Program level: Basic
  • Advance preparation: None
  • Delivery method: Group Internet Based

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