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Keypath Education to Deliver Masterclass at 2017 University Leadership Summit

By Chris Williams

Keypath Education announced today that leaders from its online program management (OPM) division will be amongst the esteemed speakers at this year’s University Leadership Summit. Steve Fireng, CEO, and Cindy Wheatley PhD, SVP of Research, join Keypath partner Craig Stanley PhD, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Teaching Professor, College of Social Work at Florida State University, to present a Masterclass on Day 1 of the University Leadership Summit.

What: Keeping Pace with the Rate of Change in Online Higher Education

Who: Craig Stanley, PhD, Florida State University; Steve Fireng, CEO, Keypath Education; Cindy Wheatley PhD, Keypath Education

When: Thursday, Oct 12, 1:45-2:30pm EST

Where: University Leadership Summit, Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa, Manalapan, FL

Join Fireng, Wheatley and Stanley as they discuss the rapidly changing expectations of online course delivery. Today, just offering degree programs online is no longer enough. Universities must continually innovate their course delivery and student services to keep pace with the rapid proliferation of online programs and changing student expectations. This transformation in higher education is challenging the existing structures in place, even for those that were early adopters of distance education.

Keeping Pace with the Rate of Change in Online Higher Education will explore these themes and more, including:

  • Data on the rapidly expanding online landscape in the US
  • Balancing faculty and student expectations
  • The importance of a student-centered program development process
  • The evolving business model and future of higher education
  • Developing fruitful partnerships to grow online enrollment

“This is an exciting, challenging time for university leaders. After decades of stagnation in higher education, the 21st century brought rapid change because of technology and schools’ willingness to use it to deliver education. Now, we’re at a crossroads where universities have to do more than deliver their programs online in order to truly meet student expectations. Without the right partner, it can be difficult to know where to start,” said Fireng.

About the Speakers

Craig Stanley, Ph.D.  As Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Craig has helped to guide the College of Social Work at Florida State University through a time of tremendous growth and change.  Craig is responsible for the College’s academic operations, to include academic program planning and evaluation, accreditation compliance, faculty development, and student services.  This work involves oversight of the nation’s first Council on Social Work Education accredited Online MSW Program.  Craig enjoys engaging with his faculty colleagues to offer a high quality experience to students served by the College.

Steve Fireng, Chief Executive Officer, has more than 25 years of experience in postsecondary education, having led both institutional and corporate teams. Education is his lifelong passion, not a job. At Keypath, Steve specializes in guiding colleges and universities to reach their full growth potential through program management, enrollment management, marketing and operational excellence. His career accomplishments include partnering with the world’s top institutions, pioneering 100% online programs, achieving industry-leading graduation rates, and developing sustainable revenue streams to help colleges and universities better serve the next generation of students.

Cindy Wheatley Ph.D., Senior Vice President of Research, works closely with the Keypath program management team and its university partners to identify high-demand online degree programs and develop scalable online delivery models. Leveraging reliable market data and 17 years of experience in distance learning, Cindy works closely with university faculty and staff to develop and maintain high-quality online programs that lead to high retention and graduation.  

About Keypath Education’s Online Program Management Division

Keypath Education is dedicated to creating global access to high-quality online education by partnering with the world’s best universities to launch and grow high-quality degree programs via its online program management (OPM) division. Through OPM partnerships, Keypath acts as an extension of the university’s team, keeping its brand and academic rigor intact while accelerating the growth and quality of the university program portfolio. Services provided include market research, capital investment, program development, marketing, student recruitment, retention and course development. The company has offices and partners in the United States, Canada, the U.K. and Australia. Learn more at keypathedu.com/launch-programs.

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