Sessions and Events


A schedule of Annual Meeting sessions and events for each day is provided below. Please Note: An advance copy of the program will be available on this page prior to the Annual Meeting. As well, all sessions and information pertaining to the meeting will be provided to registrants in either hardcopy or via the NASAD Annual Meeting app.

Please Note

Registration is required for the Annual Meeting. Attendees who are not able to register online in advance may register on-site at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 12.

Wednesday, October 12

11:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

1:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Meeting Workshop for Individuals New to Art and Design Higher Education Administration
(Continued on Thursday 8:00 a.m – 1:15 p.m.; click here for full workshop description)

(Please note: A separate fee is required, and advance registration is recommended for this Pre-Meeting Workshop. It is recommended that individuals attend and participate in all sessions scheduled within the workshop. Coffee breaks and a box lunch on Thursday will be provided.)

This workshop is intended to address several of the most important and pressing areas of concern faced by art and design leaders in the early years of their administrative careers. Faculty members with an interest in administration, and those aspiring to take on administrative roles in the future, are also welcome to attend. Each segment will involve a basic briefing on a topic, followed by ample opportunity for interaction and discussion. The content will focus on principles and approaches applicable to all types of institutions. Newly minted administrators will have an opportunity to share with and learn from their peers.

3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Meeting Workshop: The NASAD Handbook—Working with National Standards and Guidelines

This workshop is designed for 1) individuals attending the 2022 NASAD Workshop for Visiting Evaluators, 2) individuals attending the 2022 NASAD Workshop for Experienced Evaluator, 3) currently trained NASAD visiting evaluators, 4) representatives from institutions scheduled for NASAD comprehensive accreditation reviews within the next three years, and as well for individuals who will have the responsibility for leading the accreditation process and/or writing the Self-Studies, and 5) individuals preparing materials for review by the Commission on Accreditation,. The primary focus of the workshop will be the NASAD Handbook and will include a discussion of the Rules of Practice and Procedures, Code of Ethics, Standards for Accreditation, and Handbook Appendices. Attendees will devote a substantial amount of time to discussing the standards—including the role they play in NASAD evaluative review processes and their application.

(Please note: Individuals attending the Workshop for Visiting Evaluators and Workshop for Experienced Evaluators [Thursday, October 13, 2022 from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.] and the Briefing for Evaluators [Thursday, October 13 from 1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.] are asked to attend this session in preparation for these invitational training sessions.)

Thursday, October 13

8:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

8:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m.

Pre-Meeting Workshop for Individuals New to Art and Design Higher Education Administration
(Continued from Wednesday) (click here for full workshop description)

This workshop is intended to address several of the most important and pressing areas of concern faced by art and design leaders in the early years of their administrative careers. Faculty members with an interest in administration, and those aspiring to take on administrative roles in the future, are also welcome to attend. Each segment will involve a basic briefing on a topic, followed by ample opportunity for interaction and discussion. The content will focus on principles and approaches applicable to all types of institutions. Newly minted administrators will have an opportunity to share with and learn from their peers.

8:00 a.m. 1:15 p.m.

Pre-Meeting Workshop for Seasoned Administrators

(Please note: A separate fee is required, and advance registration is recommended for this Pre-Meeting Workshop. A coffee break and a box lunch will be provided) (click here for full workshop description)

The responsibilities of the art/design administrator are diverse and multifaceted. Each day brings new challenges and opportunities. Over time, the roles and responsibilities of an administrator often expand, change, and evolve. This pre-meeting workshop, especially designed for administrators with five or more years of experience, will include both short presentations and discussions related to various issues affecting the work of the seasoned art/design administrator. The issue of succession planning will be addressed, along with other topics of interest that will be established by the group. Experienced administrators from all types of institutions and from all levels of administration are welcome.

9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Workshop for Visiting Evaluators

This annual workshop will provide training to art/design administrators interested in becoming visiting evaluators for NASAD. Fundamentals of the accreditation process will be described in detail. Significant time will be spent discussing expectations with regard to Self-Studies and Self-Study documentation. Standards and guidelines located in the NASAD Handbook and their application to applicant institutions will receive considerable attention as potential evaluators are guided through the process of on-site review and Visitors’ Report preparation. Attendees will have the opportunity using case study materials to consider various scenarios that may arise during on-site reviews.

(Please note: This session is by invitation only. Representatives from accredited institutional members interested in becoming NASAD evaluators are encouraged to contact the National Office staff for consideration for training in 2023.)

(Please note: Individuals attending this training session are asked to participate in the Pre-Meeting Workshop: The NASAD Handbook—Working with the National Standards and Guidelines  on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.)

(Please note: A box lunch will be provided to all Workshop for Visiting Evaluators participants.)

9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.

Workshop for Experienced Evaluators

This annual workshop will provide training to art/design administrators who have previously been trained as evaluators and who have served as members of visiting teams. The role and responsibilities of the visiting team chair will be discussed. Detailed expectations regarding the review of Self-Studies, the on-site visit, and the Visitors’ Report will be reviewed. Attendees will have the opportunity using case study materials to consider various scenarios that may arise during on-site reviews.

(Please note: This session is by invitation only. Representatives from accredited institutional members interested in becoming NASAD in becoming NASAD evaluators are encouraged to contact the National Office staff for consideration for training in 2023.)

(Please note: Individuals attending this training session are asked to participate in the Pre-Meeting Workshop: The NASAD Handbook—Working with the National Standards and Guidelines  on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.)

11:45 a.m. 12:15 p.m.

Briefing for Facilitators, Moderators, and Recorders

This briefing will provide instructions, expectations, and helpful guidelines to Annual Meeting session facilitators, moderators, and recorders. All individuals who have agreed to serve in one of these capacities should plan to attend this briefing.

12:15 p.m. 1:15 p.m.

Executive Committee Luncheon Meeting
(Please note: This event is for Executive Committee members only.)

1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

An Orientation to NASAD: Briefing on Structures and Services

This session will address NASAD’s functional role as an independent accrediting organization, with particular focus on its structural and organizational connections to regional, national, and other specialized accrediting bodies, state and federal governing bodies, and to applicant and member institutions. It will also provide an overview of the structure, resources, operations, and decision-making patterns of NASAD, with special attention to the benefits and responsibilities of accredited institutional membership. One emphasis will be on the ways the Association and its work assist administrators as they work to fulfill their local responsibilities. Individuals attending the NASAD meeting for the first time are especially encouraged to attend. Time for questions will be provided.

1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Annual Reporting Requirements: Accreditation Audit, Affirmation Statement, Supplemental Annual Report, HEADS Data Survey

This session will provide an overview of specific reporting requirements for NASAD member institutions including the Accreditation Audit, Affirmation Statement, Supplemental Annual Report, and the HEADS Data Survey, and an in-depth review of procedures for online submission of the HEADS Data Survey for degree-granting institutions. A section-by-section overview of the Survey will explain in detail the Survey submission process, types of data collected, and collection mechanisms. Time for questions will be provided.

1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Briefing: Federal Issues for Art and Design Administrators

Under the law, the federal government does not control higher education. However, the federal government does play a major role in developing conditions for the work of higher education, primarily through laws and regulations defining conditions for institutional participation in grant and student loan programs, and tax policies that influence economic conditions affecting education and the arts.

Following a brief introduction to the higher education and policy landscapes, this session will address the current political climate; various pressures on institutions; and current and prospective federal policies, laws, and regulations affecting higher education and the arts. This briefing will take a non-partisan policy analysis approach, looking at the ramifications and costs of various options and probabilities. Time for questions and discussion will be provided.

1:15 p.m. 2:30 p.m.

Briefing for NASAD Evaluators

This annual briefing is offered for individuals currently trained and serving as NASAD visiting evaluators. It will provide an opportunity for evaluators to refresh their knowledge of NASAD procedures, protocols, and standards, with particular focus on recent changes to the Procedures and the Handbook. Helpful reminders regarding the format, preparation, and required content of Visitors’ Reports will be provided. The potential impact of the activities of external constituencies, such as the federal government, states, and other review bodies, which may impact the accreditation process, will be discussed. Documentation required of institutions and evaluators will be highlighted, as well as sources and uses of helpful and informative publications aimed to assist institutions in the preparation of Self-Studies and evaluators in the preparation of Visitors’ Reports.

(Please note: This session is by invitation only. Representatives from accredited institutional members interested in becoming NASAD evaluators are encouraged to contact the National Office staff for consideration for training in 2023.)

(Please note: Individuals attending this training session are asked to participate in the Pre-Meeting Workshop: The NASAD Handbook—Working with the National Standards and Guidelines on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, from 3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.)

2:45 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

The Role the Arts Can Play in Addressing Health and Well-Being Challenges Faced by the Academy Today

The mental health and well-being of art and design students, faculty, and administrators has become increasingly important within postsecondary education; the need to consider and react to national conditions during these past years has become tantamount. For each of these three groups, definitive information may not always be available, as many regions are still grappling with the effects of the pandemic, political turmoil, and social unrest. At times it may feel that stability on all levels is not ensured, as ramifications from these effects remain uncertain and ever-changing.

Students enrolled in collegiate programs of study face a variety of personal challenges. The demands posed by life, family, and new environments coupled with realizations that lessons learned during highly structured high school years may not be sufficient to prepare students for the rigors of collegiate requirements, especially as they pertain to studio coursework; that time commitments and time in general must be managed proactively; and expectations as they pertain to life after college can leave students overwhelmed and unsure of how to proceed, or worse yet, unable to proceed without intervention. Additionally, art and design education places an emphasis on connecting with colleagues, one’s art, and individual connections that may have been impossible to sustain during the pandemic due to lockdowns and closures. A separation from art and design and/or artmaking may have arisen given the monotony of online learning, coupled with the lack of opportunities to synthesize information that arise naturally during multi-dimensional, in-person learning experiences. In addition, this may be coupled with a pervasive pessimism held by students who perceive that today’s problems are their responsibility to address and solve, regardless of how large or complicated they may be. To make matters worse, not all students are aware of opportunities that exist for assistance or if they are, there may be a reluctance to reach out . In some cases, students with greatest needs may be those least likely to seek necessary help regardless of the institutional resources available.

These realities also place pressure on art and design institutions aware that student issues must be addressed or at least kept in check if artistic success is to have a chance of being realized. Noting that student needs are growing in these areas, there is no doubt that institutions may or will become hard-pressed to serve the demand, and unprepared to address the depth and breadth of these and other related issues.

Although different in nature, faculty members and administrators too are grappling with a wide range of challenges and pressures. Throughout these last months, faculty members have faced the need to create and modify various forms of content delivery while maintaining rigorous approaches to artmaking, design, creative practice, pedagogy, scholarship, and research – all during periods of great uncertainty. Faculty loads and responsibilities have expanded exponentially in some cases. Administrators have also faced a growing number and complexity of challenges as they seek to understand the breadth and risk of unfolding issues. While administrators may have faced the need to become experts in new areas, difficulties arise when colleagues who typically convene and develop policies in person are not physically present. Additionally, new and ever-changing issues can distract administrators from basic responsibilities that have long since been established as crucial to their institution’s ongoing success. Where do administrators turn for help or solace when burnout prevails, stakes continue to rise higher, and answers are either unavailable or elusive?

The problems faced by students, faculty, and administrators suggest that institution-wide initiatives focusing on the development of specific approaches which assist in the maintenance and care of one’s mental health are of vital importance. These approaches could offer to individuals help in defining their breaking points, providing guidance and support to others, and recognizing when there is a critical need for help. Attendees will consider how the issues described above may/will affect the capacity of individuals facing such pressures to function, endure, move forward, succeed, and flourish – particularly when confronting a cycle of frustration, confusion, worry, anger, and anxiety.

This three-part session will consist of 1) a presentation focusing on the role the arts disciplines play as catalysts for the promotion of individual, organizational, and community well-being, 2) moderated roundtable discussion groups which will provide an opportunity for attendees to share and explore ideas and information, and 3) a full-group dialogue session in which each roundtable group will have an opportunity to share a distillation of the topics discussed.

In addition to the issues outlined above, participants will consider questions such as: What conditions must prevail if an institution is to mount a campus-wide approach that not only addresses the current needs of students, faculty, and administration, but as well, encourages a holistic approach to personal well-being? What are the components of such an approach? Should initiatives be integrated into everyday operations, advising conversations, annual review practices, campus-life activities, professional development opportunities? If so, in what ways? How can forms of awareness and engagement that are necessary to promote well-being be generated, and by whom? This presentation will examine how work in and access to aspects of the arts can assist art/design administrators to address current health and well-being challenges, and explore how successful outcomes may be used to inform both approaches and decision-making processes in higher education.

2:45 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Presentation of Salient Issues

3:45 p.m. 4:45 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion by State/Region

Each roundtable discussion group will consider issues as they pertain to student, faculty, and administrator health and wellness, formulating scenarios, strategies, and creative approaches that can assist institutions not only to prepare for and deftly manage current issues related to well-being, but to work proactively to advance efforts that promote success for all involved.

5:00 p.m. 5:45 p.m.

Sharing Potential Approaches and Solutions

Recorders from each discussion group will present brief summary reports which will provide overviews of the salient issues discussed, as well as ideas for consideration. Time for open discussion will be provided.

5:45 p.m. 6:45 p.m.

Reception for the Association
(Please note: This event includes a cash bar.)

This reception offers an opportunity for attendees to welcome individuals new to art and design administration and connect with colleagues. The President of the Association will offer a greeting and introduce the members of the NASAD Board of Directors.

6:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Board of Directors New Member Orientation
(Please note: This event is for new Board of Directors members only.)

6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

Board of Directors Dinner and Business Meeting
(Please note: This event is for Board of Directors members only.)

Friday, October 14

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

7:15 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for the Association

8:30 a.m. 9:45 a.m.

Plenary Session: Business Meeting

Call to Order
Determination of Quorum
Welcome to Members and Guests
Introduction of Newly Accredited Institutional Members
Report of the Commission on Accreditation
Report of the Committee on Ethics
Report of the Treasurer
Announcements
Report of the Executive Director
Action on Proposed Handbook Changes
Election of Officers
Report of the President
New Business
Adjournment

10:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

Keynote Address to the Association

Speaker: Patricia Moore, MooreDesign Associates

11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

A Conversation with the Keynote Speaker

Participants will have the opportunity to explore in further depth the issues and ideas that designer Patricia Moore introduced during her preceding keynote address, pose questions, and engage in conversation with Patricia Moore directly.

11:15 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

The Roles and Values of Studio Critiques

In yesterday’s session which focused on mental health and well-being of students, attendees discussed and explored the pressures facing students today, noting that student success is inextricably linked to student wellness. Informed by these understandings and reaffirming that there is a collective interest in assisting students not only to develop skills and acquire knowledge, but to attain subject-matter knowledge and expertise, during this session, attendees, guided by the presenters, will consider the integral roles and inherent values of studio critiques—a ubiquitous aspect of art and design education. Studio critiques will be explored for the roles they play 1) in promoting student development, 2) in providing paths to enhance student learning, and 3) as a helpful mechanism that can be used to inform pedagogical approaches. Participants will consider questions such as: What are some values of studio critiques––for the student, and for the faculty? What challenges do critiques present? Does/should an institution’s approach to critiques vary by studio discipline, by instructor? What is the impact of an institution’s approach to critiques on the institution’s studio culture, particularly noting that studio culture has a substantial impact on the work/life balance of its students? What are some intended results of critiques? Are these results being realized? If not, must student expectations be re-calibrated, or should the pedagogical approach(es) of the institution and institution’s faculty be reconsidered? Immediately following the presentation, attendees, remaining in small discussion groups, will engage in conversation moderated by the presenter during which time attendees will consider the ways critiques can be used constructively to assist students to rethink/recalibrate/reset expectations; rekindle/reignite student focus and interest; spur curiosity; cajole students to experiment and take risks with their art/design making; develop connection and create community; and initiate dialogue, exchange, and thoughtful interaction. Ample time for group discussion will be provided.

12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.

Luncheon for the Association

2:00 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Design Study: A Look Into the Future

This session will examine the nature of design education—its history, its present state, and what is necessary to ensure and advance its future. Starting with a shared understanding that design education should develop in our students the expertise required to assist them to not only address the ever-changing needs of our nation’s citizens, but as well, a sense of curiosity and wonder that will spur them to imagine, envision, and shape our future. Presenters will frame challenges faced and those anticipated, encouraging session attendees to not only consider the potential risks inherent in these challenges, but as well, the modifications in approaches to pedagogy that may be necessary if the education, training, and experiences offered to current and future students—those who are and will be engaged in the practice of design—are to remain relevant and effective. Guided by these understandings, attendees will grapple with concepts such as how we might ensure that students develop the critical thinking skills that will ultimately enable them to not only enter the design-making field, but as well, to adapt to our continually changing landscape. Future predictions as informed by current and projected indicators, and the critical role design will play will be explored. Attendees will consider the conditions that must exist in collegiate education today if our graduates are to be prepared to address today’s realities and anticipate and plan for tomorrow’s unknowns. Subsequent to panelist presentations, attendees will have an opportunity to explore, in open discussion with each presenter individually, issues and ideas shared during the presentations.

3:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Briefing: NASAD Administrative Support Resources

NASAD maintains an extensive library of supplemental publications designed to assist member institutions.   These publications touch upon issues including faculty work, promotion, and tenure; the duties of administrators; planning and future analysis; assessment; and communication with others which explain the principles, aspirations, and suggested considerations for the development of effective and quality programs in art and design. This session will include a brief look at the NASAD website, highlighting the location of various online resources designed to assist institutions to develop and maintain effective and high-level programs in art and design.

3:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Communicating with the Commission: Creating Effective Written Accreditation Materials

Whether developing and preparing comprehensive applications for accreditation and reaccreditation, Responses, Progress Reports, or applications for Plan Approval, Final Approval for Listing, or Substantive Change, clear and cogent material, which articulates activities at the institution while at the same time addresses standards issues, is necessary in order to conduct a successful conversation with the Commission on Accreditation. This session will offer an overview of the Handbook and the use of its contents in preparing Commission correspondence. Helpful ideas and suggestions will be provided for attendees who are in the process of developing materials for Commission review and for those who plan to develop materials for review in the future.

3:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

The Undergraduate Degree: Facilitating Design, Review, and Implementation

From time to time, and for a variety of reasons, art/design units may decide to undertake the complex task of designing new undergraduate degree programs. There are many issues that must be considered, such as the existing mission of the institution and art/design unit, how the degree will dovetail with and support these missions, the students to be served, the coursework necessary to develop desired competencies, the availability of applicable faculty expertise, and the conditions and realities of the market. As well, resources must be considered, and consensus must be built. Only with these understandings in hand can the architecture of a degree program begin to take shape.

This session will focus on the structure of undergraduate degree programs. Differences between liberal arts and professional baccalaureate degrees will be addressed, as will structural differences between majors, minors, and areas of emphasis. Issues that arise regarding title and content consistency will be discussed. The effective use of the standards to promote and embrace creative and innovative curricular programming will be explored. In addition, application procedures and submission guidelines will be discussed, with an intent to assist art/design administrators to streamline review timelines.

3:45 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Using HEADS Statistical Data for Institutional Planning

The institutional research data gathered and compiled by the Higher Education Arts Data Services project constitute a unique and valuable resource for art/design executives at degree-granting institutions. This session will provide a detailed overview of statistics contained in the HEADS Data Summaries (the aggregate reports compiled annually from HEADS Data Surveys), the use of HEADS Data Summaries and Special Reports for comparison among specific peer institutions, and potential uses for HEADS data in administrative planning.

5:15 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Reception for the Association
(Please note: This event includes a cash bar.)

6:30 p.m. 9:00 p.m.

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Board of Directors Dinner and Seminar Meeting
(Please note: This event is for Board of Directors members only.)

Saturday, October 15

7:00 a.m. 12:45 p.m.

Annual Meeting Registration

7:15 a.m. 8:45 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for the Association

7:30 a.m. 8:45 a.m.

Executive Committee Breakfast and Meeting
(Please note: This event is for Executive Committee members only)

8:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Preparing for NASAD Evaluation

This session will provide information and guidance concerning the self-study and visitation processes for members whose institutions are to be visited in the next two years, institutions planning to begin the NASAD evaluation process, and those formally engaged in the process. A step-by-step walk-through of the accreditation process will be provided, including confirmation of timelines and deadlines, and information regarding accreditation procedures, Self-Study formats, on-site reviews, the Visitors’ Report, the Optional Response, and Commission action. Questions will be taken during this nuts-and-bolts session. All interested individuals are welcome.

(Please note: A box lunch will be provided. Attendees are asked to register in advance.)

9:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Dialogue Session

This dialogue session will provide an opportunity for attendees to meet with the Chair of the NASAD Commission on Accreditation. The session is intended to offer opportunities for open and informative discussion. Although the Commission Chair will be unable to comment on accreditation actions or issues specific to a particular institution, questions pertaining to accreditation policy and procedures will be addressed, and suggestions with regard to NASAD standards and accreditation procedures will be welcomed.

9:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Advocacy at the Ready: Developing and Sustaining an Effective Campaign

Art and design administrators today face pressures resulting from relentless challenges which question the value of discipline-specific study in the fields of art and design. These pressures result from a number of conditions, paramount among them is the propensity of upper administrators to focus predominantly on appealing indicators such as return on investment and enhanced prestige in considerations which guide decision-making pertaining to the availability of support offered for discipline-specific study. Accordingly, the flexibility to allocate resources, which may result in financial gains, or at least minimal loss, too can play a large part in decision-making processes which pertain to postsecondary degree offerings and their continuation.

In light of these pressures, art and design administrators are faced with the need to advocate constantly and constructively for their disciplines. This requires the creation and maintenance of campaigns that stand at the ready to be proactively and reactively deplored—campaigns that describe, discuss, and defend the value of art and design study. The end goal is to assist others to develop and embrace an understanding of the inestimable value of study in the fields of art and design, and the contributions made by those with expertise in art and design.

The presenters will frame the outline and flesh out key talking points that must be developed and used when engaging in conversations with institutional leadership, community members, and the public. While the goal of advocacy efforts remains the same—to support, promote, advance, and protect art and design study at the collegiate level—the need to vary approaches and delivery methods depending upon the audience addressed and the issues at hand is necessary. As examples, effective advocacy campaigns must be couched in the “language” of the listener, they must confirm genuinely an understanding of and empathy for the challenges faced, they must result in a “win/win” or “do no harm” outcome for all involved such that the results of the initiative contribute to the greater good—the students, the unit, the institution, and the community as appropriate. It is incumbent upon the creators of art and design campaigns to emphasize why, and that art and design study, and the positive results to which it leads, are indispensable aspects of institution-wide plans.

Attendees will consider the following: What benefits are derived from the initiatives of the art and design unit and art and design study—for students, the institution, the community, the region and possibly beyond?  What is the economic impact of graduates on the local economy? How should advocacy campaigns be introduced, delivered, and nurtured? What is the ongoing role of the art and design executive in maintaining attention to the needs of the art and design unit and its students, faculty, and staff? When must the current campaign be modified to keep the listener engaged/interested? Attendees will explore these issues, developing a broad set of talking points and approaches which may assist them to address specific issues which are faced by individual institutions. Attendees will also have the opportunity to share successful and unsuccessful practices, which may assist others to shape their campaigns in effective and productive ways.

9:00 a.m. 10:45 a.m.

Addressing the Needs of Individuals with Disabilities: Framing the Issues

According to 2019 U.S. Census Bureau data, approximately 22.5% Americans today (74.7 million) are living with at least one disability. The Bureau categorizes these difficulties as: ambulatory, cognitive, hearing, independent living, self-care, and vision. Although advancements continue which result in the enhancement of the quality of life for many, barriers exist which often prohibit individuals with disabilities from taking full advantage of various services, activities, and opportunities.

This session will frame the issues, first, by exploring the nature and function of several existing approaches in play at the present time, such as human-centered design, user-centered design, and universal design; and second, by engaging attendees in open conversation intended to broaden perspectives, deepen awareness, and spur consideration of how collegiate experiences and opportunities may be created, or if existing, enhanced, such that student interest and engagement is heightened, and knowledge and skills advanced.  Considerable time for questions and dialogue will be provided.

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable for Community and Two-Year Colleges

This session will provide an opportunity to brainstorm and discuss ideas and best practices of particular relevance to community and two-year colleges, such as articulation agreements, curricular alignment, and credit-hour transfer between 2- and 4-year institutions. Participants will be encouraged to share information and issues of concern faced in their daily work, as well as initiatives and successes. Attendance is open to all interested individuals.

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Open Forum: Faith-Related Institutions

This session is designed to provide a forum where ideas and concerns relevant to faith-related institutions may be explored and discussed. Attendance is open to all interested individuals. Participants may wish to give consideration to topics of interest in advance.

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Open Forum: Historically Black Institutions

This session is designed to provide a forum where ideas and concerns relevant to historically Black institutions may be explored and discussed. Attendance is open to all interested individuals. Participants may wish to give consideration to topics of interest in advance.

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable for Independent Art and Design Institutions

Art and design executives from free-standing postsecondary institutions will have the opportunity to discuss topics of specific relevance or concern and consider with colleagues challenges and opportunities faced today by independent institutions. Topics such as fiscal planning, allocation of resources, curricular planning and programming, connecting with the community, mergers and acquisitions, higher education law and regulation will be addressed in a panel presentation setting, as will those topics of interest to participants. Participants may wish to give consideration to topics in advance. The session is open to all interested individuals.

11:00 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Roundtable for Small Art and Design Units

Administrators from small art/design units, typically with fewer than 100 majors, will have the opportunity to discuss topics of specific relevance or concern with colleagues facing similar challenges and opportunities. Attendance is open to all interested individuals. Participants may wish to give consideration to topics of interest in advance.

12:30 p.m.

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Adjournment of the NASAD Annual Meeting