DETC Fall Distance Education Workshop
October 3-5, 2010
The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa * Denvero, CO
Why is Everybody So Unhappy? A Q & A on Current Congressional and Federal Perceptions and Initiatives
Ms. Elise Scanlon,
with an introduction from
Mr. Michael Lambert,
Distance Education and Training Council
Mondayy, October 4th * 9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
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This has been a long, hot summer in Washington, in more ways than one. It is as if the Senate and the Administration have "gone to war" with all for-profit career colleges and accrediting bodies. There are more "potential" Senate Hearings being discussed, and they might address the effectiveness of accreditation, GI Bill and Military TA funding, and online learning.Judging from the August 4th hearings the Senate Committee held, we are not anticipating a "peace and harmony love fest" at any the future hearings on Capitol Hill.
Are a few 'bad apples' really spoiling the bushel of all distance learning institutions, or are there systemic issues that need to be addressed? How can DETC accredited institutions preserve their reputations in this time of turmoil? Start off the Fall Workshop with a candid "Inside the Capital Beltway" briefing and Q&A from DETC's Legal Counsel, with an introduction from the Executive Director.
Ms. Elise Scanlon is counsel on the Education Team in DrinkerBiddle's Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group. Elise joins the firm after nearly 20 years in higher education accreditation, serving most recently as the executive director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) from 1999 until 2008. As ACCSCT’s executive director, Elise managed an accreditation process that included more than 700 higher education institutions. During her time at ACCSCT, Elise was a national voice on issues pertaining to accreditation and for-profit institutions of higher education.
Elise’s practice focuses on advising accrediting agencies and institutions of higher education on the wide variety of policy, regulatory and operational matters that they routinely encounter. She also advises nonprofit organizations, with a particular focus on matters pertaining to governance and management issues. Elise interacts routinely with the U.S. Department of Education, key congressional committees, state oversight agencies and regional and national accrediting organizations. She also has experience guiding accrediting agencies through the U.S. Department of Education recognition process. In 2007, Elise was appointed by Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to serve on a Negotiated Rulemaking panel charged with revising accreditation regulations. She also has participated, with other higher education professionals, in various national conferences focused on issues including accountability, student achievement, transparency and transfer of credit.
Elise earned her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. She received her bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, in history, with minors in education and French from Dickinson College.
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