Powers Education Group professionals Sharon Bob, Nick Michiels and Dan Brozovic will present at the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) annual National Conference on Allied Health Education.  Sharon will participate in the conference’s Regulatory Panel on Friday March 6, and Nick and Dan will present “Surviving (or Even Thriving In) a Program Review or Audit,” on Thursday, March 5.

ABHES is a nationally-recognized accrediting agency that accredits both allied health institutions and educational programs. Its National Conference on Allied Health Education is an annual event that brings together experts to discuss issues facing health care education. Find more information here.

Regulatory Panel

Sharon will join other education policy experts on this moderated panel to discuss hot topics concerning key regulatory issues currently facing postsecondary education. Attendees will gain valuable insight into a variety of new federal and state changes impacting ABHES-accredited institutions, including those related to accreditation, state authorization disclosures, the College Scorecard,  institutional financial responsibility, cybersecurity, student aid delivery, and Title IX.  Audience participation through a Q&A segment will be included.

The Regulatory Panel will take place at 9:30 a.m. CT on Friday, March 6.

Surviving (or Even Thriving In) a Program Review or Audit

This session will cover the process behind U.S. Department of Education program reviews and compliance audits, and provide best practices to  position  institutions for  a successful review or compliance audits, including how to prepare for and navigate the review, what happens when the program review team is on campus, and common findings and areas of focus for the Department and auditors. The session will also provide tips and an update regarding the Department’s compliance audit requirements and process.  While the goal is preventing findings, the session will also cover options to contest final findings.

Nick and Dan’s presentation will take place at 9:45am CT on Thursday, March 5.

Sharon Bob is a Higher Education Specialist at Powers. She works with public and private colleges and universities to help them prepare for Department of Education program reviews or accreditation visits, helps in the development of policies, conducts training on the administration of financial aid programs, provides legislative and regulatory updates, and finds ways to limit liabilities following a program review or audit. Sharon can be reached at Sharon.Bob@PowersLaw.com and 202-872-6772.

Nick Michiels and Dan Brozovic are Principals in the Powers Education Practice Group. They advise postsecondary institutions, service providers and investors regarding compliance with state, federal, and accrediting agency standards. They also represent postsecondary entities in audit and program review proceedings before the U.S. Department of Education, and in transactions regulated by the Department.  The Powers Education Group frequently assists distance education providers in navigating the complexities of offering educational services in numerous jurisdictions. Nick can be reached at Nick.Michiels@PowersLaw.com and 202-872-6727, and Dan can be reached at Dan.Brozovic@PowersLaw.com and 202-349-4250.


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