UCA to host national deans conference

The University of Central Arkansas will host the National Conference of Academic Deans from July 30 to Aug. 1 at Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center on campus and the Hilton Garden Inn in Conway.

More than 60 college and university provosts, deans and associate deans will be in attendance, with some coming from as far away as Oregon, Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois.

The three-day conference mixes workshops on college governance with career-development advice. This year’s theme is “The Promotion of Quality Within and Beyond Campus Borders.” Plenary sessions and discussions will focus on topics including accreditation, academic education and online education.”We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Sylvia Manning, the new President of the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,” said Conference Host Dr. Neil Hattlestad, Dean of the College of Health and Behavioral Sciences. “Dr. Manning is in high demand, and we feel most fortunate that she was able to fit the National Conference into her busy schedule.” The Higher Learning Commission is the body that accredits all universities in colleges in 19 states, including Arkansas.

Manning, who is based in Chicago, will present two keynote sessions. On Thursday, she will focus on new strategies that are under consideration to make the accreditation process more efficient and effective. In her second session, on Friday morning, she will discuss new trends in online learning, which Hattlestad calls “one of the most rapidly developing forms of instructional delivery in this country and abroad.”

Established in 1941 by Schiller Scroggs and Henry Bennett of Oklahoma State University, NCAD is the oldest organization of its kind. The conference was held at OSU until 1995, when it relocated to the University of Memphis. It then moved to Texas Woman