Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Room: Lawrence B
Marshall A. Hill is executive director of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA), which provides a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. Prior to assuming his NC-SARA position in August of 2013, he served eight years as executive director of Nebraska's Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education. He has represented state agencies of higher education on three negotiated rule-making panels for the U.S. Department of Education, negotiating federal rules affecting accreditation and student financial aid. Hill earned B.A. and M.A. degrees in music from Utah State University and a Ph.D. in music education, with a minor in higher education, from Florida State University.
Mary Agnes Larson is Director of Student Access Programs and Services at the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, Larson oversees a number of programs designed to help students start or continue their education, from the Academic Common Market and Regional Contract Program for Health Professions to Adult Learning and degree-completion programs, including the Adult Degree Completion portal, and the 16-state Electronic Campus (electroniccampus.org) initiative. She works with state authorization issues, specifically SREB’s Electronic Campus Regional Reciprocity Agreement (SECRRA) and is director for S-SARA. Prior to assuming her duties at the SREB in 1998, she worked at Fort Lewis College. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years. Larson has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia and a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University.
Nancy Spector is the director of Regulatory Innovations at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN). She was the PI on a NCSBN’s multisite transition to practice study, and she was a consultant on the National Simulation Study. She has worked on a number of other initiatives, including the regulatory implications of social media, innovations in nursing education, the future of nursing program approval and the regulatory issues in distance learning programs. Before coming to NCSBN, Spector was a faculty member at Loyola University’s School of Nursing in Chicago, where she taught at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She presents and publishes nationally and internationally on regulatory issues in nursing education.
Cheryl Dowd is the new State Authorization Network project director. Dowd worked at Sinclair Community College from 2012 – 2015 managing state authorization complexities as they related to Sinclair’s out of state activities as well as working on one of the student completion initiatives, Connect 4 Completion. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the University of Richmond in Virginia, master’s degree in Criminal Justice from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, and bachelor’s degree in Political Science from James Madison University in Virginia.