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Institute for Higher Education Compliance

2018 Annual Conference

The Thomas More College Institute for Higher Education Compliance is hosting our second annual conference on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 featuring keynote speakers Peter Lake, Gina Maisto Smith, and Leslie Gomez. Peter is a national expert in higher education compliance and Director of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Gina Maisto Smith and Leslie Gomez head the Institutional Response Group of the Cozen O’Connor law firm and work with schools to develop comprehensive systems and training programs for compliance.

This local, inexpensive conference is designed to help professionals at small schools navigate the complexities of compliance. Hear from nationally-recognized speakers on the following topics: Title IX, Title IV, American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Athletics, Human Resources, Information Technology, Campus Safety, and Policy Development/Institutional Effectiveness.

New this year, Peter Lake will lead a a pre-conference compliance boot camp on Monday, July 23 designed for entry level professionals or those new to managing compliance areas.

Registration Fee

$50 for individuals or $250 for a campus group of eight. Pre-conference boot camp - $25. The Registration Fee covers all sessions, meals, and networking events.

Quotes From Last Year's Participants

"THANK YOU for hosting the Institute for Higher Education Compliance Conference. I can honestly say it was one of the best conferences that I have attended in a very long time."
"I appreciated that this conference spoke small school. I don't have the resources that DI schools do, and this conference offered programming that I could relate to and apply to my campus."

Registration Closed.
Click here to view the Conference Program.

Conference Evaluation
Session Evaluations - Please complete a session evaluation for each session you attend.
Overall Conference Evaluation

Conference Presentations
Presentations made available for attendees can be access via Dropbox through August 18.

Contact Kelly French at or 859-344-3619 with any questions.

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President's Panel (Lunch) Sponsor

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About the Institute for Higher Education Compliance

The purpose of the Institute can best be described in the four themes, or pillars, that are the basis of its foundation: Education, Comprehensive, Culture, and Responsibility. The Institute will be comprehensive in the areas of compliance most relevant to institutions of higher education, which include Title IX, Title IV, American with Disabilities Act, FERPA, Accreditation, Athletics compliance, Human Resources, Information Technology, policy development, among many others. The Institute will endeavor to advance dialogue among college administrators, legislators, and stakeholders who must navigate the complexities of a developing culture of compliance, policy, and governance, placing a deeper emphasis on supporting the challenges that smaller institutions face aligning their practices to meet the increasing demands. Through an annual conference, the institute will strive to educate both new and seasoned professionals on best practices for leading their colleges and universities in these and other related topics.

Under the direction of Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong, J.D., a national expert in Title IX policy and compliance, the Institute will further establish Thomas More College as a leader in the higher education community. Armstrong is a member of the International Advisory Council for the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University's College of Law. He also serves on the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) Committee on Accountability.