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Congress And Online Learning: Education And Advocacy

Kathleen Ives (Online Learning Consortium, USA)
Marie Cini (University of Maryland University College and Chair of the Online Learning Consortium Policy Committee, USA)
Jordan DiMaggio (University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), USA)
Vince Sampson (Cooley LLP, USA)
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October 14, 2015 - 2:45pm
Leadership, Values and Society
Major Emphasis of Presentation: 
Practical Application
Institutional Level: 
Multiple Levels
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Session Type: 
Information Session
Asia 1
Session Duration: 
45 Minutes
Concurrent Session 3

As Congress takes up the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, misconceptions about online learning and its value and place in the higher education landscape still abound. That’s why the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) have joined forces to educate and advocate on behalf of our members. With the assistance of Cooley LLP, OLC and UPCEA are working to shape conversations and subsequent legislation so it is reflective of today’s learning environments and today’s learners. This session will provide an overview of our work to date, highlight next steps, and showcase ways you can get involved. 

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Kathleen IvesKathleen S. Ives, D.M. has worked in online technology for over 20 years and is currently the Online Learning Consortium's Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director where she oversees the organization's strategic direction. Dr. Ives assumes this leadership role after serving as interim CEO and Executive Director since October 2013. Additionally, she serves as faculty for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (sponsored by Penn State and OLC) and on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS). Formerly, Dr. Ives oversaw all forms of alternative instruction at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA (distance learning, accelerated programming). She serves as adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix, Denver-based American Sentinel University, and Bay State College in Boston. Dr. Ives began her career at CBS and helped to develop the service that evolved into Prodigy. She then spent fourteen years designing and implementing consumer online information services, first at AT&T and then at Verizon where she spearheaded the development of the nation's first online Yellow Pages product, now called superpages.com. Dr. Ives has degrees in communication, communication management, and organizational leadership from the University of California at Davis, the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication, and the University of Phoenix-Online, respectively.
Marie CiniMarie A. Cini, Ph.D., was appointed as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs in April, 2013, after most recently serving as vice president and dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at UMUC. Cini had been Dean of the Undergraduate School at UMUC since joining UMUC on February 1, 2008. Her work as provost is to create and implement an academic vision that is learner-centered, high quality, and low cost, based on learning science and technology. She serves as the Vice President of the Online Learning Consortium.

Cini has over 20 years of experience with various facets of adult and distance education, building experience with scalable, high quality program offerings. Right before joining UMUC, she held the positions of Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean of the School of Management at City University of Seattle in Bellevue, WA. In these positions, she led several major change initiatives in Academic Affairs.

Cini has also served as the Associate Dean of Liberal Arts programs at Thomas Edison State College in NJ (1993), and as a Director of Academic Programs and Associate Professor in the (now) School of Leadership and Professional Advancement at Duquesne University in PA (1996-2001). In both of these positions, she worked collaboratively with teams of faculty and staff to build and improve educational program offerings for adult students. Related to her expertise in leadership studies, Cini served as the Director of Academic Affairs for the Burns Academy of Leadership at the University of Maryland College Park from 2001-2003.

Cini has published and presented on the topics of authentic assessment and academic integrity, leadership development in adult learners, retention and adult learners, group newcomers and innovation, and program development across cultures. As an early adopter of online education, Dr. Cini continues to be interested in the scholarship of learning outside of the traditional classroom space. She earned her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994, with a focus on the social aspects of learning. Dr. Cini is a Fellow of the Online Learning Consortium.
Jordan DiMaggioJordan joined UPCEA in April 2013 as their Database and Communications Specialist. In August of 2014, Jordan became UPCEA's Associate Director of Communications. Jordan oversees all association and conference webpages while providing email and content marketing expertise. He is also the community manager for UPCEA's professional networking platform, CORe. He has expanded UPCEA's advocacy efforts and is the association's designated governmental relations liaison.

Prior to joining UPCEA, Jordan worked on Capitol Hill for former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman as his Systems Administrator and Legislative Aide. Jordan was born in New York, but raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Jordan graduated from the University of New Mexico with a bachelor's degree in Political Science
 Vince Sampson (Cooley LLP, USA)