Session Modalities - New for This Year!


Responding to feedback received from the annual meeting and keeping to our mission of deans helping deans, the CCAS Board and program committee are pleased to announce that this year’s meeting will include a variety of session types to meet various needs. These new session types are proposed to increase the level of audience participation and to get at more depth in some of the very complex issues facing deans today.

Please read the brief descriptions below and propose a session that follows one of these modalities.

  • Traditional Panel of 3 PanelistsThis is the type CCAS has offered in the past, which is a traditional panel arranged around a topic or issue. Each panelist has 15-20 minutes to present information, and then moderators facilitate audience engagement.
  • Expert PresenterThis type of session is built around one presenter who engages the participants for the full 75 minutes about a topic or issue in which s/he has expertise.
  • Point/CounterpointThis modality, particularly relevant to controversial or complex issues, would have at least two presenters who would present different sides to or strategies for solving an issue.
  • Paired Theory/Practice PresentationsThe idea behind this modality is presenting both theory and practice in the same session. This could involve one presentation from a single institution or presenter, or it could have one group or individual presenting theory while the other provides some more practical applications.
  • Author Meets CriticAs suggested, this session would feature an author of a book or article relevant to deaning or to higher education with a responder to provide questions or clarification, designed to get a topic in depth.


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