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Dec 2017
Dec 2017


Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center 650 S Griffin Street Dallas , Texas 75202
Tel: (214) 939-2750
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SACSCOC Annual Meeting & Educational Excellence Expo - Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges






Event Overview:

The Southern Association of Colleges & School Commission on Colleges is the accreditation body for over 800 colleges & universities in 11 southern states & Latin America.  The Annual Meeting & Expo draws over 4,000 attendees and approximately 100 Exhibitors. Companies who provide a product or service to institutions of higher learning are invited to join our event.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will conduct its 122nd Annual Meeting at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas, Texas, December 2-5, 2017. This year’s meeting will engage participants in sessions based on theory, research, and practice that focus on this year’s theme, “Students Are the HEART of Education.” The conference will highlight the sharing of ideas and strategies among member institutions that have led to improved results and lessons learned in the form of workshops, concurrent sessions, group discussions and poster sessions. Workshops and sessions will feature content within the following tracks:

  • Helping Institutions Succeed
  • Engaging Students
  • Assessing Student Learning Outcomes
  • Reflecting for Improvement
  • Teaching and Learning

Attendees include:

Chancellors; presidents; provosts; vice presidents for business services and fiscal affairs; accreditation liaisons; faculty; academic deans, department chairs and program directors; administrative staff in academic affairs, assessment, institutional research, student affairs, technology, and information management.

Attendees at the SACSCOC Annual Meeting occupy positions at the highest level of academia in 11 Southern states and Latin America.

These individuals are typically responsible for, or directly influence, the acquisition and/or purchase of goods and services for their institutions.

• 10% Executive Leadership

• 47% Faculty/Academic Administrators

• 27% Institutional

 Effectiveness Professionals

• 16% Other Administrators and  Professionals

• 28% Newcomers to Accreditation  (included in other figures)

Exhibitor Information:

ABOUT THE EXPO The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges will hold its 18th Annual Educational Excellence Expo December 3-4, 2017 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas TX.

In conjunction with SACSCOC’s 122nd Annual Meeting, the Educational Excellence Expo is designed to connect representatives of state-of-the-art goods and services with educational decision makers in the Southwest.

Our ultimate objectives are to enhance educational excellence and lay the framework for solutions to current challenges in postsecondary education.

INVITATION The Educational Excellence Expo invites companies to participate that have the potential to help conference attendees serve their constituencies better.

If you represent a provider of state-of-the-art goods and services that can enhance overall educational improvement, advance the quality of higher education, and lay the framework for solutions to current challenges in academia, you are extended this invitation to exhibit and sponsor at the Educational Excellence Expo 2017.


• Consulting companies to address a wide array of topics in higher education

• Merchant services such as computer e-businesses, software/hardware providers

• Computer hardware/software firms specializing in distance learning and virtual campuses

• Vendors whose business models promote effective alternatives to current practices in higher education

• Strategic planning firms to aid colleges and universities

• Leadership and management trainers

• Financial and lending institutions

• Assessment organizations

• Insurance Agencies

• Publishers


Keynote Speakers

Mr. Curt Steinhorst

Certified Keynote Speaker, The Center for Generational Kinetics

Curt Steinhorst is the most experienced Certified Keynote Speaker at The Center for Generational Kinetics. His extensive and diverse speaking clients range from GM and Raytheon to the Naval Academy and Citi. Curt has received standing ovations for his powerful delivery that combines The Center’s latest research and how-to with his unique experience working with clients around the world. His entertaining speaking style has engaged and inspired audiences across North America and Europe. A Millennial himself, Curt was elected President of his 10,000-member class at Texas A&M University, where he graduated magna cum laude. Curt’s personal experiences leading Millennials and serving as a speaking coach for top performers, from executives and TV personalities to helping the Heisman Trophy Winner prepare for his speech, make him a powerful and entertaining speaker on how to solve generational challenges with employees and customers.

Mr. Brandon Busteed

Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development, Gallup

Brandon Busteed is a Partner at Gallup and Executive Director of Education and Workforce Development. His career spans a wide range of important work in education as an educational entrepreneur, speaker, writer and university trustee. Brandon's work integrates Gallup's research and science on talent, strengths, engagement and well-being to improve student success, teacher effectiveness and educational outcomes. His mission is to create a national movement to measure the educational outcomes that matter most, connect education to jobs and job creation and promote a paradigm shift from knowledge mastery to emotional engagement in education. 

With Brandon’s leadership, Gallup Education has released several ground-breaking Gallup studies. These include State of America's Schools: The Path to Winning Again in Education, which explores student and teacher engagement in public schools, and Great Jobs, Great Lives: The 2014 Gallup-Purdue Index Report, a comprehensive, nationally representative study of U.S. college graduates that focuses on their long-term outcomes in work and life. 

Brandon has founded two companies and one nonprofit organization as a social entrepreneur. He is the founder and former CEO of Outside The Classroom, a company that pioneered adaptive online education in alcohol abuse prevention. A three-year, 30-school, national study funded by the National Institutes of Health showed that AlcoholEdu — the organization’s flagship alcohol-abuse prevention program — was effective in reducing binge drinking, drunk driving and sexual assaults. More than 5 million students have participated in the program. The company was acquired by EverFi in 2011.

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