DETC 86th Annual Conference
April 15-17, 2012
The Wailea Beach Marriott Resort and Spa * Maui, Hawaii
Higher Education as a Regulated Industry:
Re-defining Institutional Accountability
Monday, April 16th *
1:15 - 2:00 p.m. * Maile/Haku Rooms
Dr. Russell Kitchner, American Public University System
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Many education professionals have expressed concerns with regard to the underlying motivation, the integrity of the processes and the unknown (perhaps unintended) implications associated with recent Federal higher education regulatory initiatives. Those initiatives have been greeted with deep reservations, if not overt resistance, but the merits of those reservations and that resistance notwithstanding, this session will encourage workshop attendees to consider several dimensions of organizational operations that likely warrant thoughtful review in light of the increasingly intense focus of Congress and the Department of Education. In addition to charting the evolution of traditional accreditation-related elements of Vision, Position, and Provision, participants will be invited to consider often controversial, but politically necessary metrics associated with Performance. A further focus of this session will relate to the necessary operational adjustments that are necessary in the context of a regulated industry. Of particular importance in this regard are staff development, budgetary planning, external relations, and political awareness.
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Dr. Russell Kitchner serves as Vice President for Regulatory and Governmental Relations for American Public University System in Charles Town, WV. His primary responsibilities include extensive interaction with state boards and commissions, with various federal agencies, and with members of Congress and their staff.
His professional experience includes leadership positions in a variety of student and academic support positions at Texas State University, Texas A&M University, Texas Lutheran University and the University of Notre Dame. His academic preparation includes a BA in history and a M.Ed from the State University of New York, and a Ph.D in educational leadership and industrial engineering from Texas A&M University. Dr. Kitchner frequently engages in conference presentations covering a wide range of issues, including higher education law, academic accreditation and governance, and governmental/state relations.
He has written extensively on these and other topics, and his views have been sought by and published in a variety of national publications, including The Chronicle of Higher Education, the DETC Washington Memo, The Wall Street Journal, and Inside Higher Ed.