We’re tapping the NMC community of change agents and innovators to solve some of the most pressing challenges in Higher Ed. In partnership with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the NMC is producing a preconference workshop for OLC Accelerate on November 15, 2016 in Orlando, Florida. During this invitation-only, all-day event, a group of about 100 of the field’s biggest influencers will be working through a range of activities to move potential solutions to scale, as outlined in our upcoming publication. We’re seeking Higher Ed professionals to lead small group discussions around the below four challenges that are threatening equity and access in higher education in the US.

If selected, the challenge leaders will receive special recognition and travel support. Thank you in advance by indicating your interest in being a challenge leader via the form below by August 14, 2016.

Financial Aid for Alternative Learning Opportunities
How can we offer alternative learning opportunities that meet federal requirements for financial aid eligibility?
Competency-based education, direct assessment programs, and other accelerated completion models provide flexible and affordable solutions for student success; however, institutions are challenged with designing programs that map student progress into traditional credit hour equivalencies so that students can qualify for federal financial aid.

Supporting Adjunct Faculty through Tech Deployment
How do we engage adjunct and part-time faculty in the new practices that go hand-in-hand with courseware?
Part-time and adjunct faculty members often teach high-enrollment and general education courses but may not receive the same level of attention as tenured faculty. They need support as they implement new pedagogies and redesign curricula to accommodate new technologies such as next generation courseware and adaptive learning environments.

Integrating Student Data Across Platforms
How do we integrate student data across multiple systems to help advisors best serve students?
As institutions implement technologies that promote increased interactions among students, faculty, and advising staff, such as learning management systems, degree planning, early alert systems, tutor scheduling, and others, there is a need for centralized aggregation of these data in order to provide students with holistic support that improves outcomes. This can be a challenge for institutions utilizing a variety of technology systems.

Scaling Evidence-Based Methods Across Disciplines
How can we scale evidence-based methods of teaching and learning across disciplines?
Evidence-based methods for learning refer to practices that have fostered improved learning outcomes, as demonstrated in controlled trials and pilots. However, institutions are challenged with scaling these successes as the process and evaluations in one discipline do not always translate to other disciplines.

Solving Higher Ed's Biggest Challenges: Leading the Discussion