Thursday, November 12, 2015 - 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Room: Horace Tabor
Barbara Beno is the president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC), Western Association of Schools and Colleges. She has served on the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (2003-7) and as chair of the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (2006-9). She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from State University of New York at Stony Brook. Beno has taught at the university and college levels, has worked as an institutional researcher for community colleges, and served 12 years as a community college president. She has served as a Commissioner for the ACCJC and for the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, and as a member of the WCET Board.
Leah Matthews is the executive director of the DETC, a non-profit educational association located in Washington, D.C. The DETC’s Accrediting Commission is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Matthew’s experience in higher education and accreditation includes three years as vice president for Recognition Services at the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and eleven years at the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges, where she served as the director of Institutional Compliance overseeing accreditation processes for approximately 750 post-secondary career and technical institutions. Prior to joining ACCSC, she worked for five years at the U.S. Army Japan Headquarters in Zama, Japan. She also taught for several years in the Baltimore City Schools system. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Education from Westminster College, a MPA from the University of Oklahoma and a Ph.D. from George Mason University.
Karen Solomon has spent the past ten years at the Higher Learning Commission. She has served as liaison to more than 180 institutions that have varying levels of experience in utilizing distance and/or correspondence education. Solomon is a co-leader and presenter of HLC and national workshops on assessment of student learning, partnering, distance education, web-based services, and development of international accreditation processes. She holds an Ed.D. in adult and continuing education from Northern Illinois University. Her dissertation focused on the motivational factors relating to online continuing professional education. Solomon has been a liaison to WCET on accreditation issues as they impact distance education, responding to WCET inquiries and identifying resources that have helped keep the membership informed. Karen has represented the Commission on numerous sessions about accreditation and quality assurance at the conference. She serves on the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education (CAS) Board of Directors and is immediate past chair of the WCET Executive Council.
Russ Poulin organizes WCET's national policy and research activities, edits WCET's Frontiers blog, coordinates WCET's research efforts, and works on elearning consortia issues. He represented distance education in the U.S. Department of Education's 2014 Negotiated Rulemaking process. Previously, he coordinated distance education activities for the North Dakota University System. He holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado Denver and a Master's from the University of Northern Colorado. Contacts: @RussPoulin or firstname.lastname@example.org.