DETC Regional Meetings:
Straight Talk on State Authorization
The issues and regulations surrounding state authorization are complex and multifaceted. To provide clarity on this important topic, DETC will be holding two regional meetings and a special session during the Fall Workshop. Informative presentations will be given by DETC Executive Director Leah Matthews, Elise Scanlon, Principal, Elise Scanlon Law Group, and Jeannie Yockey-Fine, Senior Manager, State Regulatory Services at DowLohnes, and will feature:
an overview of state authorization expectations and requirements at the federal, state and institutional accrediting levels;
interpretation of current guidance from the Department of Education; and
- suggested strategies for DETC institutions.
In addition, after a working lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to have their institution-specific questions answered during one-on-one consultation with the panelists. Don't miss the chance to get a day of straight talk on state authorization, and ensure your institution is fully informed of the critical aspects of this complex, multifaceted issue.
Regional Meeting: Fairfax, VA
The second regional meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 29, at The University of Fairfax in Vienna, VA. An interactive map with driving directions to the university can be found by clicking here. Please Note: The University of Fairfax building is on Gallows Road, next door to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles.
Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m., and the Regional Meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. All Regional Meeting sessions will take place in Suite 220. Copies of the meeting agenda, handouts, attendee list and Regional Meeting Program are available below:
DETC Regional Meeting Program (PDF)
The regional meeting program is a single PDF file that contains the meeting agenda, handouts, and attendee list.
DETC Regional Meeting Agenda (PDF)
DETC Regional Meeting Handouts (PDF)
DETC Regional Meeting Attendee List (PDF)
The Distance Education and Training Council would like to thank the University of Fairfax for its assistance hosting this event.
The DETC Regional Meetings will feature a presentations from experts on higher education policy and state authorization.
Leah Matthews began serving as Executive Director of the Distance Education and Training Council in April 2013. Her background and experience include extensive knowledge of accreditation in the U.S. and abroad, for-profit, career education, traditional higher education, as well as state and federal regulatory systems that relate to higher education. Before joining the DETC, Matthews served as Vice President for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), the national coordinating organization for higher education accrediting organizations. In that role, she managed the CHEA recognition process for sixty accreditors that provide regional, national and programmatic accreditation. Prior to working with CHEA, Dr. Matthews served nearly twelve years on the staff of the Accrediting Commission for Career Schools and Colleges.
Dr. Matthews earned her PhD in Education with a concentration in Higher Education Policy from George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. While working as a civilian for the U.S. Army in Japan, she earned a Master of Public Administration via distance education from the University of Oklahoma.
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 (ACCSC). 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 nonprofit organizations on governance and management issues. Elise has a Juris Doctor degree from the
Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Dickinson College.
Jeannie Yockey-Fine joined the Higher Education Practice of Dow Lohnes as Senior Manager, State Regulatory Services in 2011. Jeannie works with attorneys and other professionals in the firm’s Higher Education Practice to provide client institutions and organizations with expert assistance and guidance related to state authorization and regulation of higher education institutions as well as state-level professional licensure.
Before joining Dow Lohnes, Ms. Yockey-Fine served as Licensure Manager and Educational Policy Analyst at the Florida Department of Education’s Commission for Independent Education, reporting directly to the Executive Director. In that role she was responsible for overseeing compliance with Florida rules governing private postsecondary institutions as well as monitoring trends affecting postsecondary education in states around the country.
Please contact Rob Chalifoux, DETC's Director of Media and Events, with any questions or for more information. He can be reached via email at email@example.com.
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