Friday, November 13, 2015 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Jan Ford is director of Student Success for the University of Wisconsin Flexible Option, a University of Wisconsin System partnership offering a portfolio of online degrees and certificate programs in an innovative self-paced, competency based format. Coordinated through Continuing Education, Outreach and E-Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Extension, the division works with all 26 UW institutions in the University of Wisconsin System to increase access to programs, classes and degrees. In her role, Ford oversees the development and delivery of high-quality, proactive and student-centric admission, enrollment, advising, and student support services for adult learners. Prior to her work with the UW Flexible Option, she spent two decades at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, serving first as executive director of the Department of Recruitment and Outreach and more recently, director of Admissions and Recruitment. Previous positions include director of Student Services at University of Wisconsin College -Washington County and Music Educator for a Wisconsin public school district. Ford has presented both nationally and internationally on such topics as student services, leadership, innovation and change, service learning, the first year experience, CRM development and implementation, and the UW Flexible Option.
Nadia Kaminski has worked in higher education for over ten years, holding leadership roles in student services, academic advising and campus operations for both profit and non-profit arenas. In 2013, she joined the University of Wisconsin-Extension to assist in launching the UW Flexible Option, UW System’s multi-institutional competency based program of degrees and certificates. In her role as Program Manager for Academic Success Coaching, Nadia has led her team in the development of innovative processes, systems and best practices resulting in the successful delivery of “360°wrap-around” support designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners in an online, self-paced, CBE environment. Creatively addressing the many challenges of establishing a centralized support unit serving students enrolled at several campuses in this competency based program, Nadia has realized an innovative model that effectively engages and supports students from admission through graduation.
Debby Knotts is executive director with Extended Learning at the University of New Mexico. She heads the Strategic Initiatives unit of the organization, overseeing compliance and regulatory issues, institutional accreditation for distance learning, data analytics and reporting, distance learning student services, and the development of strategic partnerships and outreach. She has over thirty years of experience in development and support for university-level computer and web-based academic technologies. She led the unit at the University of New Mexico that would become its distance learning department, and spearheaded University of New Mexico legislative efforts in support of New Mexico becoming a member of SARA. Knotts earned her bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Nebraska and her graduate degree from the University of Tennessee, in addition to performing extensive post-graduate research in distance learning, design for children’s technology, and telecommunication at the University of New Mexico. In 2014, she became an alumna of the Penn State/Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Engaged Leadership in Online Learning (IELOL) and served as an IELOL moderator in 2015.