DETC 85th Annual Conference
April 3-5, 2011
The Williamsburg Lodge * Williamsburg, VA
The New Federal Regulations and Distance Learning: What Must We Be Doing?
Dr. Sharon Bob, Powers, Pyle, Sutter & Verville
Mr. Brian Moran, Association of Private Sector
Colleges and Universities (APSCU)
Ms. Elise Scanlon, DETC Legal Counsel
Monday, April 4th *
9:30 - 11:45 a.m. * Colony Rooms D&E
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New Federal Regulations on the horizon could have a profound impact on the distance education field. DETC's panel of experts will present a 'meeting within a meeting,' providing an in-depth review of the legislative, financial, and legal implications of these new regulations and how they could change the way both institutions and accreditors function.
After the presentations, the floor will be opened for discussion and Q&A, giving attendees the chance to have their specific questions answered, and leave the session with more information and a deeper understanding of these complex new regulations.
APSCU Legislative Update (PDF)
Sharon H. Bob, Ph.D., Higher Education Specialist on Policy and Regulation, is a member of the Education Group at the Washington, DC law firm of Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville, PC.
Dr. Bob advises all sectors of higher education regarding strategic issues pertaining to their participation in the federal student financial assistance programs, accreditation, licensure, education tax benefits, and related regulatory matters. Dr. Bob advises public and private colleges and universities, as well as private and publicly-traded companies. In this role, she provides clients with detailed technical guidance related to compliance with applicable statute and regulations. She regularly assists postsecondary educational institutions on issues relating to institutional eligibility, program eligibility, student eligibility, financial responsibility and administrative capability standards, changes of ownership, adding locations and programs, program reviews and compliance audits, and institutional responsibilities for the education tax benefits. Through training seminars and on-site reviews, she assists clients in complying with the federal requirements for administering federal student financial assistance. Dr. Bob has authored numerous articles on federal financial aid issues for The Greentree Gazette, NASFAA's Journal of Student Financial Aid, NASFAA's Student Aid Transcript, the Career College Link, and other higher education publications and frequently speaks at meetings of college officials and student aid administrators.
Dr. Bob received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate from the University of Maryland.
Mr. Brian Moran joined the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), formerly the Career College Association (CCA), as the Executive Vice President for Government Relations and General Counsel in October of 2009. He was recently elected to serve as the Chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
Moran served for 12 years in the Virginia House of Delegates, including 7 years as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. He also ran for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Virginia in 2009. For his various efforts on legislative advocacy and leadership, Moran has been recognized by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, the Northern Virginia Technology Council, VA Sheriff’s Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, VA League of Conservation Voters, and the VA PTA.
Before his election, Moran served as senior prosecutor in Arlington, Virginia. While a member of the legislature he owned and operated a 12-person litigation law firm in Northern Virginia. In 2002 then Governor Mark Warner appointed Moran to serve on the Secure Virginia panel in response to 9/11. In 2007, then Governor Timothy Kaine appointed Brian to serve on his Healthcare Reform Taskforce.
Moran has a BA from Framingham State University and a J.D. from Catholic University School of Law in Washington, DC and attended Suffolk University in Boston for study towards a Masters in Public Administration. During law school, Moran worked for the House of Representatives Economic Stabilization Subcommittee. After law school he clerked for the Arlington County, Virginia Circuit Court judges, before becoming an Assistant County Prosecutor in Arlington. While a prosecutor he tried 68 jury trials over an eight-year period. He also served as a visiting instructor at The National College of District Attorneys.
Moran is married and has two children and resides in Alexandria, Virginia. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards including the Hispanic College Fund and remains very active in his community.
Ms. Elise Scanlon is a Principal in the Elise Scanlon Law Group in Washington D.C. Before starting her own firm, Elise was counsel on the Education Team in the Government & Regulatory Affairs Practice Group of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. She also has served as Executive Director of the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT). From 1999-2008, Elise managed an accreditation process that included more than 700 higher education institutions and served as a national voice on accreditation for for-profit higher education.
Elise’s practice focuses on advising colleges on policy, regulatory and operational matters they routinely encounter and assisting in the development and implementation of comprehensive quality assurance systems focused on improving student achievement. She also advises accrediting agencies and other non-profit organizations on governance and management issues. Elise has a Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Dickinson College.