Specific timing for concurrent sessions will be available on the Guidebook App (instructions will be sent to registrants the week of Jan. 22.) To view the full list of concurrent sessions, click here.

Tuesday, January 30

Pre-Forum Activities

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Pre-Forum Seminars (Advance registration and fee required)


A Primer on Cybersecurity for Christian Colleges and Universities

From the experiences of Montreat College, this workshop will present rationale and information for Christian colleges and universities to consider cybersecurity educational programs. Presenters will provide an overview of the cybersecurity industry related to career development, the workforce demand for cybersecurity, technical certifications, and opportunities for internships. Participants will be introduced to resources for curriculum development, including the national standards for cyber education developed by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education of the National Institutes for Standards and Technology, and to the process for seeking designation by the National Security Agency as a Center of Academic Excellence.

Speakers: Paul Maurer, President, Gregory Kerr, Vice President for   Academic Affairs, Kelli Burgin, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, and James Tippey, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity, Montreat College, Rodney Petersen, Director of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Barbara Lynne Clark, Chief of the National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, National Security Agency


Research That Makes a Difference: What Have We Learned from Collaborative Research in the CCCU?

Led by members of the CCCU’s Christian Higher Education Research Council, this hands-on, interactive workshop will share results from collaborative research projects across the CCCU.  Participants will learn the latest information about why our students choose a Christian college, why they persist to graduation, their satisfaction and levels of engagement during the college years, and the “value-added” elements of a CCCU education.  Furthermore, the seminar will empower participants to apply data-driven decision-making at their own institutions and introduce them to exciting new opportunities to collaborate in a comprehensive assessment of the student experience from entry to graduation and beyond.


Prison Education: The Christian College and University Approach

In the last decade Christian colleges have launched numerous programs to educate incarcerated students.  This workshop will begin with presentations by four colleges that have strong prison education initiatives—Ashland University, Calvin College, Nyack College and Wheaton College—and a non-profit agency facilitating college programs in prisons—Hudson Link.  Presenters will describe their programs as well describing how their programs got started.  In addition, the college representatives will discuss the ways in which their prison education initiatives are uniquely Christian.  During the Q&A portion of the workshop attendees will have an opportunity to present their programs or plans for educating incarcerated students.  The workshop will include roundtable discussions of best practices in program development, partnership with corrections departments and non-profits, teaching and learning and the use of technology in prison education. 

Moderator: David Turk, Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nyack College
Presenters: Cynthia Dorsey, Adjunct Professor, Nyack College, Todd Marshall, Associate Provost for the College of Online and Adult Studies, Ashland University, Sean Pica, Executive Director, Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, David M. Rylaarsdam, Professor of the History of Christianity and Worship, Calvin Theological Seminary, and Karen Swanson, Director of the Institute for Prison Ministries, Wheaton College


Navigating the Title IX Waters at Christian Colleges and Universities

This will be an interactive workshop where participants have the opportunity to learn from and share with colleagues on how to address unique challenges facing faith-based schools as they navigate the waters of Title IX compliance. Presenters will start with a brief update on recent Title IX legal developments. The remainder of the session will include interactive small group discussions on a variety of topics such as: discussing consent, alcohol and amnesty on Christian campuses; Title IX and its intersection with Student Life; and strategies for engaging senior leadership and addressing resource needs. This workshop is designed for Title IX Coordinators and other campus personnel who play a significant role in Title IX compliance. Participants will be surveyed in advance of the workshop to suggest topics for the discussion portion of the workshop.
*Please note: We have gathered together a group of national experts and expert practitioners who have graciously volunteered to lead this pre-forum session on Title IX. The fees collected for this session are to cover space, food, overhead, etc. not speaker honoraria.*

Presenters: Stephen Eck, Vice President & General Counsel, Oklahoma Christian University, Leslie M. Gomez, Attorney and Vice Chair, Institutional Response Group, Cozen O'Connor, Christopher Holmes, General Counsel, Baylor University, Kathryn Nash, Attorney, Gray Plant Mooty, and Gina Maisto Smith, Attorney and Chair, Institutional Response Group, Cozen O'Connor


Reputation Management in an Era of Free Speech, Social Media and Crises on Campus

Now more than ever, communications professionals at colleges and universities across the country are increasingly faced with the challenges of protecting their brand and strategically navigating messaging challenges that arise. In the Christian higher education setting, these waters can be particularly choppy. Join with colleagues from across the country for a two-part session designed especially for communications, legal, and community relations professionals at Christian institutions. The first segment will focus on lessons from the field that will provide insight into and discussion of how to manage key issues facing all institutions. The second segment will include an interactive simulation of issues that may impact an institution’s reputation (Title IX, institutional policy, public policy, safety issues) and will give all participants the opportunity to put their skills to the test.

Presenters: Jason Cook, Vice President for Marketing & Communications/Chief Marketing Officer, Baylor University, Kim Chaudoin, Assistant VP, University Communication & Marketing, Lipscomb University, Betsy Bugg Holloway, Vice President for Marketing and Communication, Samford University, Patrick S. Walsh, Sr. Director of Marketing and Communications, Northwest Christian University


Effective Leadership, Successful Higher Ed Fundraising

Many of the skills and traits associated with successful fundraising can be utilized for effective leadership. Explore how to develop a compelling vision, and then discover how to translate that vision into action and results. Whether you currently are in a leadership position or aspire to be, this seminar will teach you how to lead with confidence!

Presented by: Bill Stanczykiewicz, Director, The Fund Raising School, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Peer Group Networking Events

This will be time for colleagues in particular key positions to gather together to greet old friends and meet new ones. Networking events are being planned for the following groups (subject to change):

  • Academic Affairs Officers/Provosts
  • Advancement Officers
  • Alumni Relations Directors
  • Campus Ministry Directors
  • Career Services Directors
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Chief Enrollment Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Student Development Officers
  • Communications/PR Officers
  • Faculty Development Directors
  • Leadership Development Institute Reunion
    • If you have been to Cedar Springs for a LDI/WLDI/M-E LDI or CAO LDI from 1997 to today, come and fellowship.  No program expected. 2018 applicants are also invited to join.
  • Presidents, Trustees, and Spouses
8:00 pm – 9:30 pm | Performance of Mr. Darwin's Tree and optional panel discussion

There will be an optional panel discussion with CCCU scholars following the play which runs approximately 70 minutes.

Wednesday, January 31

Forum: Day One

8:00 am – 9:00 am | Worship and Devotion

Worship led by: Dallas Baptist University Choir
Devotion led by: Andy Crouch, Senior Strategist for Communication, John Templeton Foundation

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Lunch Break and Free Time in Exhibit Hall

A buffet will be available in the exhibit hall for you to enjoy, fellowship, and meet with our valued partners. There will also be 'Solutions Showcases' offered in the exhibit hall for you to hear brief presentations about new products and services available to address your most pressing challenges.

**Open Evening/Dinner On Your Own**

Thursday, February 1

Forum: Day Two

8:30 am - 9:30 am | Worship & Devotion

Worship led by Stephen Kelly, Worship Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church and Band
Devotion led by Andy Crouch, Author, Musician, and Public Speaker
Presentation of the John R. Dellenback Global Leadership Award
Worship & devotion sponsored by John Brown University

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm | Lunch Break

A buffet will be available in the exhibit hall for you to enjoy, fellowship, and meet with our valued partners.  There will also be 'Solutions Showcases offered in the exhibit hall for you to hear brief presentations about new products and services available to address your most pressing challenges. Meeting rooms will also be available from 12:45 - 1:45 pm for peer groups to network with colleagues. See peer groups below:

  • Academic Affairs Officers/Provosts
  • Advancement Officers
  • Alumni Affairs Directors
  • Campus Ministry Directors
  • Career Services Directors
  • Chief Communications/PR Officers
  • Chief Diversity Officers
  • Chief Enrollment Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Student Development Officers
  • Faculty Development Directors
  • Legal and Public Policy Group
  • Off Campus Study Coordinators
  • Women in Leadership
    • If you have been to a Cedar Springs women’s leadership development institute or are a woman leader on your campus, join with other women for networking and fellowship.
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm | Awards Celebration Dinner & Keynote Address

Presentation of the Young Alumni and Philanthropy Awards
Keynote Speaker: Bishop Claude Alexander, Senior Pastor, The Park Church

Friday, February 2

Forum: Day Three

8:00 am – 9:45 am | Session for Spouses

The Prayer a President’s Spouse Needs Most:  Being the spouse of a president inevitably exposes you to a variety of difficult and traumatic experiences that happen on a campus and between persons. With these on-going emotional and relational pressures, how do you navigate a spiritually healthy response within yourself and within your marriage? MaryKate Morse proposes a prayer practice that results in personal growth and resilience for the long haul of partnership with executive leaders. 

9:45 am – 10:30 am | Hotel Checkout and Grab & Go Coffee

Time to check out of your hotel room, grab a cup of coffee, and walk to the Glass Cactus for the final sessions.

*Hotel Check-Out is at 11:00 a.m., unless you request a late check out.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Closing Session: Worship & Devotion

Worship led by Stephen Kelly, Worship Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church and Band
Devotion led by Andy Crouch, Author, Musician, and Public Speaker
Sponsored by Messiah College