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Wednesday, March 11, 2020​​​
9:30 AM - 5:00 PMRegistration Opens  - area near escalators
10:00 AM - 1:00 PMPaCE Leadership Council, Associates Roundtable, and Senior Business Officers Meeting (includes lunch) - Studio II/III
1:00 PM - 3:00 PMPaCE Leadership Council, Associates Roundtable, and Senior Business Officers Discussion - Studio IV
3:00 PM - 4:00 PMPre-Conference Networking - Open to all conference participants (refreshments will be served) - Grand Ballroom
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Welcome and General Session - Grand Ballroom

A Conversation with Dr. Lande Ajose:

Join us for a candid conversation between Dr. Thomas and Dr. Ajose about the future of Professional and Continuing Education. Dr. Ajose will share insights into statewide strategic priorities around adult learners, what role PaCE can play in advancing these priorities, what PaCE should be “imagining” for the new decade, and how PaCE can be more engaged in making change happen.
  • Dr. Sheila Thomas, Assistant Vice Chancellor and Dean, PaCE
  • Dr. Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
5:30 PM - 6:45 PMRed Carpet Reception with Hors D’oeuvres, music, and great views - Starview Room
6:45 PMDinner on your own

Thursday, March 12, 202​0
7:30 AM – 4​:00 PMRegistration Opens -area near escalators
7:30 AM - 8:15 AM Newcomer's Session (reserved tables in the grand ballroom) - Producer Room
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMBreakfast - Grand Ballroom
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM Session One: Imagine Driving the Economy in the Next Five Years - The University - Prepared Workforce - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session One and the discussion that follows: Radhika Seshan, dean, College of Extended Studies, San Diego State University 

Gearing up for 2030 and Beyond: Evolution of Education

This presentation challenges conference participants to re-imagine PaCE educational responses in the decade ahead to meet changing economic and regional educational needs. This session considers current trends in economic and community development and how educational needs will evolve in the next 10 years. The session addresses how PaCE units can reconsider program development in light of current and changing academic strengths of their campus, emerging fields, and changing demands for traditional and alternative credentials. The presentation also outlines imaginative education models for universities to explore.

  • Elaina M. McReynolds, program director, Regional and Continuing Education, CSU Chico
  • Balvinder Kumar, director,  Academic and Special Programs, University Extension, CSU East Bay

Learning, Unlearning, and Relearning - Reimagining Professional and Continuing Education

How does one reimagine the work of a PaCE unit in institutional and regional contexts? As a new dean of professional and continuing education at CSUCI, and also a new staff member at a CSU campus, a year was filled with surprises (“why's and how's", “what do you mean by CI-way?" and plenty of “Aha!" moments), and a rapid learning curve linked to reimagining possibilities.  This session will share a new dean's journey for the last year 18+ months at CSUCI and provide personal and professional perspectives on navigating the “uniqueness" of a young campus in the largest U.S. public university system. 

  • Osman Ozturgut, dean and associate vice president, Extended University and International Programs, CSU Channel Islands  
10:00 AM - 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM Session Two: Imagine Changing Models for Professional Credentials within the CSU Developed in PaCE - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session Two:  John Binkley, dean, Extended Education and International Programs, CSU Monterey Bay

Reflection on the National Conversation to Couple 4-year Degrees and Competency-based, Life-long Certifications

Over the past year, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, Workcred, and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), with support from the Lumina Foundation, has convened experts from universities and accredited certification bodies to study this issue, forge relationships, exchange information, enhance the mutual understanding of the unique value of degrees and certifications, and create a framework for pilot programs to embed certifications into degrees across institutions.  This presentation will highlight how coupling certification with bachelor's degrees can improve student employment outcomes and life-long career readiness.  The genesis and progress of this project, key findings to date and opportunities to engage will be shared.

  • Shalin R. Jyotishi, assistant director, Economic and Community  Engagement; program director, Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)​ 

Issuing Digital Credentials and Badges for Noncredit Training Programs

This presentation will explore how and why CSUDH PaCE considered an external partnership to address the challenges of expanding capacities to offer digital credential and badges, and how CSUDH implemented it with a third-party vendor's (Parchment's) technical team.  This stimulus session will share lessons learned, best practices, and how CSUDH imagines next steps and emerging opportunities. 

  • J. Kim McNutt, dean of Extended Learning, CSU Dominguez Hills 
Healthcare Revenue Cycle Administration Program: Developing a Work-Based Learning Program

This presentation will highlight how Cal State L.A.'s College of Professional and Global Education (PaGE), partnered with industry experts to address the need to fill employment gaps in a specific segment of healthcare. The presenters will share how PaGE responded to opportunities for implementing a work-based learning program and recruited individuals interested in pursuing careers in the healthcare industry.  This session will also showcase how PaGE cultivated partnerships with education, employers, and workforce boards. 

  • Zoraya Gudeman, program developer, College of Professional and Global Education, CSU Los Angeles​
  • Flora Wong, program specialist, College of Professional and Global Education, CSU Los Angeles

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Functional Groups Breakout Session:

Studio Suites I/II/III/IV/Producer/Director/Writer Rooms
  • PaCE Leadership Council, Associate Deans’ Roundtable, and Senior Business Officers
  • Business Operations & Finance
  • IT/Systems/Distance Learning
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Administrative Support/Leadership Assistants
  • Program Development/Management & Student Retention​​
  • International
  • Student Support Services​
12:30 PM - 1:15 PMLunch - Grand Ballroom
1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Session Three: Imagine the Ways in Which PaCE’s Ability to Innovate and Bridge Can Advantage Each CSU Campus - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session Three and the discussion that follows:  Mark Novak, dean, Division of Extended Education and Global Outreach, CSU Bakersfield

Imagine and Creating New Approaches for Responding to Societal Challenges: The CSU5's ReLAY Institute

This session introduces creation of innovative platforms through CSU5 and public-nonprofit partnerships and creation of the ReLAY Institute (Reconnecting Los Angeles Youth – ReLAY). ReLAY provides an innovative platform to improve outcomes for the region's opportunity youth – ages 16-24 who are out of school and work, involved in foster care and/or probation systems and have experienced homelessness. We will examine how, through collaborative action, ReLAY provides leadership to improve the lives of opportunity youth. This session examines ReLAY's role in capacity-building for public and private providers by capturing and sharing data, identifying best practices through evidence-based evaluative research, innovation and fostering networks.​ 

  • Henrik P. Minassians, academic director of the CSU5 ReLAY Institute; professor, Urban Studies and Planning, and Public Administration and Policy, CSU Northridge

Paths with Purpose:  Leveraging Strengths and Creating Shared Goals

This presentation will identify strategies for removing institutional barriers and will examine opportunities to inform campus colleagues about the value of self-support and the role of PaCE in redefining and serving students.

  • Clare Van Ness, interim dean, Regional and Continuing Education, CSU Chico

Using Expertise in Online Education to Build Purposeful and Engaged Campus Relationships 

The session will begin with a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings for instructional design for online education. Presenters will discuss effective use of digital education by a CSU PaCE unit as a resource for the broader university, and expansion of the relationship among PaCE, the faculty and the university overall.  This session invites a reimagining of PaCE as an innovative hub that allows the university to take steps forward as it works to change how and what it teaches. This reimagination involves PaCE units using their command of the educational power of digital technologies to become a hub for developing new and successful digital education approaches for the university overall.

  • Kannan AMR, director of Distance Learning, The Tseng College, CSU Northridge
  • Jimmy Gandhi, interim associate dean, The Tseng College; associate professor of Engineering Management; academic lead for the Master of Engineering Management program, College of Engineering and Computer Science, CSU Northridge​
2:45 PM - 3:15 PMBreak - Grand Ballroom
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM Session Four: Imagine the Educational Reach and Impact of a Comprehensive and Innovative Use of Technologies in the Years Ahead - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session Four and the discussion that follows:  Jenni Murphy, dean, College of Continuing Education, Sacramento State University​ 

The Beautiful Questions Behind Capturing and Using Big Data
Let's explore the importance of the questions you ask, and the vision and imagination you bring, to capture important data regarding economic and workforce dynamics, and the role of higher education.
  •  Jeanne Holm, City of Los Angeles, Senior Technology Advisor to the Mayor, Assistant General Manager and Deputy CIO for the Information Technology Agency​ 
Approaching Realities through Exploiting Intelligence
This stimulus presentation will invite participants to consider a broad range of possibilities for current and emerging technologies to enhance programs and services and their alignment with professional practice, and to increase their educational outcomes, impact and reach. 
  • Albert Wong, program manager, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State
5:30 PM Dinner Groups – Dinner at CityWalk ( Dinner at CityWalk.pdf) - Meet in the hotel lobby
Friday, March 13, 2020​
7:30 AM - 8:30 AMBreakfast  (Wear your campus colors and gear) - Grand Ballroom
8:30 AM - 10:00 AMSession Five: Imagine How Your PaCE Unit (and/or the departments/units within it) Might Evolve to Respond to Continuous Change in Educational Needs and Opportunities Within and Outside of the University - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session Five and the discussion that follows:  Veronica Boe, director, Extended Learning, CSU Maritime Academy​

Keeping PaCE with State Authorization

As state authorization rules evolve, PaCE units must imagine new ways to provide and expand access to their programs for a wider range of students nationwide. This session will discuss experiences and processes to manage approvals and explore how changing regulations impact online learning, practical experiences and professional licensure. 

  • Ruchi Mehta, senior program manager, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State
  • Jennifer Hwang, program specialist, College of Professional and Global Education, San Jose State

Expanding the Possibilities: Building Community Through Partnership

This presentation will explore how and why PaCE at Humboldt State University partnered with North Coast Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to manage and promote SBDC small business development workshops. The presenters will also share the benefits of saying “Yes!" to unconventional community partnerships and thinking creatively about possibilities for responding to changing opportunities.

  • Julia Heatherwick, coordinator, College of Extended Education and Global Engagement, Humboldt State University
  • Christian Guillén, registrar, College of Extended Education and Global Engagement, Humboldt​ State University

Don't Reinvent - Invent

What if you had the opportunity to start from scratch given what you now know?  This presentation will share how CSU Bakersfield (CSUB) has joined the fight to address the current opioid epidemic gripping communities. CSUB is responding by creating an accelerated/intensive 12-month program that would combat the opioid crisis statewide and nationwide in different ways.  This presentation will ask Counterparts participants to consider how their universities with the help of PaCE capabilities can rethink/reimagine how their university can have a significant impact on major challenges facing their regions (and beyond).​

  • ​Jennifer Patino, director, Extended Education and Global Outreach, CSU Bakersfield
10:00 AM – 10:15 AMBreak - Grand Ballroom
10:15 AM – 11:45 AM Session Six: Imagine How CSU PaCE Programs, Services and Partnerships Might Bring a Forefront (and Increasingly Global) Perspective to the Shaping of the Future California's Economy and to the Education of the University-Prepared Workforce that Will Drive that Economy in the Decade Ahead - Grand Ballroom

Facilitating Session Six:  Harkmore Lee, interim dean, College of Professional and Global Education, Cal State LA

Part One: Understanding the Future of the University-Prepared Workforce in Globally Connected Regions

What is a globally connected world of work? How can CSU PaCE units imagine responses to the growing need for a university-prepared workforce (at the baccalaureate and graduate levels)? How do we draw on the size and the capacities of each CSU (or a collaborative group of CSUs) and ability of PaCE units to provide California with the university-prepared workforce needed to remain a leader in a completive global economy? 

The region needs an expanding university-prepared workforce. In the next 10 years, California will have a shortage of more than one million university-prepared individuals needed to maintain the economy.  Even if all the universities in California graduate students at the projected rates, we know far less about which fields will grow, and how degree programs should be crafted (or redesigned) to prepare students for current and future working environments.  What degree programs should we create (or expand) now to meet demands 10 or more years from now?  How urgent is it for CSU PaCE units to be future-focused, ready to imagine, and prepared to find new ways to do what is essential for the CSU's service to California? In this session, participants will explore these questions and responses required in the years ahead.

  • Julia Potter, director, Partnership Development and CSUN Special Projects, CSU Northridge and president, University Economic Development Association

Part Two:  Finding the Data and Looking at the Bigger Picture for the University-Prepared Workforce

The Tseng College at CSUN expanded and refined CSUN's ability to respond to L.A.'s need for an extensive university-prepared workforce in the years ahead.  What do Los Angeles and Southern California need from the CSU?  Where are the biggest gaps between the university-prepared workforce and workforce needs?  The Tseng College commissioned a broad economic study from the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. (LAEDC)'s economic research unit to address this issue and how the university-prepared workforce will shape the regional economy in Southern California.

A representative from LAEDC who played a lead role in the study will talk about the results, talent development and the role that the CSU must play in the future of California.

  • Shannon Sedgwick, director of the Institute for Applied Economics at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, with Julia Potter

Remarks on the Urgency of Getting Really Good at Imagining

  • Joyce Feucht-Haviar, CSUN senior international officer; dean, The Tseng College, CSU Northridge; administrative director, CSU5 ReLAY Institute
11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Functional Groups Breakout Session:
Studio Suites I/II/III/IV/Producer/Director/Writer Rooms
  • PaCE Leadership Council, Associate Deans’ Roundtable, and Senior Business Officers
  • Business Operations & Finance
  • IT/Systems/Distance Learning
  • Marketing and Communications
  • Administrative Support/Leadership Assistants
  • Program Development/Management & Student Retention
  • International
  • Student Support Services
12:45 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch and Concluding Session: What Emerged from Imagining and What Follows - How to Shape the Future We Imagine for PaCE in the CSU - Grand Ballroom

​Closing Remarks and the Path Forward 
  • ​​Dr. Sheila Thomas, assistant vice chancellor and dean, PaCE, California State University Chancellor's Office