For-Profit Colleges Under Pressure From Proposed ‘Gainful Employment’ Rules

Associations Now

Department of Education proposal that would tie federal financial aid eligibility of for-profit colleges to the results the schools deliver drew a wide array of reactions ahead of its comments deadline this week. The association asked DOE to withdraw the proposal entirely. A U.S.

FAA’s Drone Proposal Forged With Stakeholder Help

Associations Now

The result represents a compromise among a variety of industry stakeholders, some of whom didn’t get everything they wanted out of the final proposal. The post FAA’s Drone Proposal Forged With Stakeholder Help appeared first on Associations Now

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Association Certification and Accreditation Programs: Minimizing the Liability Risks

Plexus Consulting

Venable LLP, Washington, DC Certification and accreditation programs ("certification" programs) sponsored by trade and professional associations are increasingly common. However, standard-setting and certification programs are not without liability risk, sometimes potentially significant risks. Fortunately, proper care in establishing and operating certification programs can go a long way toward minimizing those risks. by Jeffrey S. Tenenbaum, Esq.,

Associations: Solving the Skills Gap with Digital Credentials

WBT Systems

Many solutions have been proposed to address this disconnect, including expansion of apprenticeships and online continuing education. Prior to the digital revolution, these credentials were called certificates of completion.

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Leveraging strategy to amplify education initiatives

Aaron Wolowiec

So, as a self-proclaimed “meetings coach” and Michigan native, I’m pleased to have been invited by Brian McGrain of CEDAM (Community Economic Development Association of Michigan) to submit a presentation proposal for this year’s summit.

Membership 101: The Role of Volunteerism

Spark Consulting

We proposed a model, mission-driven volunteering, that empowers individuals through things like micro-volunteering and adhocracy, and provides episodic and virtual opportunities to contribute. Bigger investment: item writing for their ONCC certification. “Engaged members renew.

New Program Helps Medical Assistants Adapt to Aging Patient Population

Associations Now

The American Association of Medical Assistants’ new Assessment-Based Certificate in Geriatrics program aims to help these front-line healthcare professionals develop knowledge and interpersonal skills to better serve elderly patients.

4 Ways to Increase Non-Dues Revenue

Web Courseworks Associations

There may be an option for the LMS company to provide the administration; but this is something to clarify during your request for proposal process. Generally, organizations need an LMS when they must track members’ credits and certificates.

Accounting Groups to Members: Here’s Why We Should Team Up

Associations Now

This week, both associations informed their members of their proposal to launch a new collective association, telling the story of what led them to this point.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 12.20.19

Reid All About it

New York and New Jersey are proposing similar laws—speak up if you live there. Presenters: Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman.

Select an LMS Consultant Before Beginning Your LMS Selection

WBT Systems

They’ve worked with associations that provide all types of online educational programs from webinar and conference recordings to certification and accreditation programs, online courses and learning communities , digital badges , learning pathways , mobile and blending learning, and more.

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What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection


For example, the requirements checklist on a typical request for proposals (RFP) for a new association management system (AMS) hasn’t changed much over the years: Membership requirements - check. Managing their CE credits and certification status.

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How Associations Increase Membership Sales


Certifications. create and track proposals. You may not realize it, but you’re in the business of selling. Think about it. You sell memberships. Renewals. Sponsorships. And conference registrations. Get the idea? But how do you really succeed in sales?

Smart Sourcing a New Generation of Association Talent

Association Success

Think about the members who vet the content at annual proceedings, who review certification proposals or serve on your boards and committees. How can associations make smart sourcing work for them? The freelance economy is bringing a wave of disruption that will have world-wide impact. Sixty million Americans are freelance workers, and that number is growing.

What You Need to Know About AMS User Experience (UX) During System Selection


For example, the requirements checklist on a typical request for proposals (RFP) for a new association management system (AMS) hasn’t changed much over the years: Membership requirements - check. Managing their CE credits and certification status.

Are Zip Lines Safe? Industry Faces New Questions Following Girl’s Death

Associations Now

The activity, which has grown popular in recent years, is largely regulated by association-based certification in most states. to add language to a proposed bill aimed at regulating the state’s amusement industry. Is Certification Enough?

4 tips to help out and stand out as an all-star volunteer

Association Success

You are more of an expert on many topics than you may think, and can offer up small chunks of time to prove your value to your industry and your organization,” says Pam Rosenberg , CAE, the Director of Education and Certification at the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.

Conference Circuit: Specialty Pharmacy

Associations Now

One session will dive into proposals for Medicare reform, while another will discuss how to manage regulations affecting pharmacy operations like prescription drug management programs. Rundown Attendees: 1,200 plus. Exhibitors: 60 plus. Education sessions: 35 plus.

ASAE Launches Challenge to Recognize Power of Digital Credentials

Associations Now

With a new competition and the help of other organizations, ASAE is asking the public to submit proposals on how to use digital credentials to help close the skills gap.

Best Benefit Ever: Professional Development for Virtual Assistants

Associations Now

Members can obtain any of IVAA’s three certifications and take part in valuable Expert of the Month chats that range from technical advice to marketing tips. An association focusing on virtual assistance offers some tangible benefits to help members advance their careers. What is it?

We Must Stop Promoting Conference Fast-Track, Artificial, Butt-In-Seat, Surface Learning

Velvet Chainsaw

If we want to increase conference participant ROI and loyalty, we’ve got to just stop accepting speaker proposals, assigning speakers a time slot and then offering an exam for CEs to attendees. How are your conference attendees learning? Yes, of course we should ask, “What are they learning?”

LMS Vendor Relationships: Food for Thought

WBT Systems

WBT Systems has been working with organizations for over 20 years to power their education and certification programs, contact us today to see how we can help your organization. Restaurants that serve the tastiest food have great relationships with their suppliers.

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Myths Your Conference Should Stop Perpetuating

Velvet Chainsaw

Releasing a call for speaker proposals, aggregating the responses, asking volunteers to score the proposals and then scheduling the top results is how most people plan a conference’s education. Or for their certification requirements.)

CrossFit, Trainer Groups Disagree on DC Personal Trainer Regulations

Associations Now

As those programs grow, so do proposals to regulate the companies that provide those services—and last year, the District of Columbia became the first jurisdiction to pass a law calling for such rules to be created.

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Association Disruption: What’s your Educational Moonshot?


At Google X, a project qualifies as a moonshot if it tackles a huge problem, proposes a radical solution, and involves breakthrough science or technology. They could start with one of your certificate programs. How grand is your association’s vision for your educational programs?

Scotch Whisky Association: Stop Selling Fake ‘Scotch’

Associations Now

Proposed product names included Glen Dare, Castle Glen, and Glend. Last month, SWA achieved another victory in Australia where Scotch whisky received a certification trademark.

OMB Allows “Mission Critical” Exemptions for Federal Conference Spending

Associations Now

“If agencies have new mission critical travel needs not captured in the original FY 2012 travel reduction targets, OMB will entertain proposals for baseline adjustment.”

How One Association Cracks Tough Markets

Associations Now

Harris became executive director of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals in 2011, and in the past five years he’s looked for ways to expand APMP’s presence in countries that are often considered tough markets to crack.

ASAE Cites Discrimination, Business Impact in Testimony Opposing Texas Bill

Associations Now

As a Texas Senate committee considered a proposed “bathroom bill” in a Tuesday hearing, ASAE submitted written testimony opposing SB 6, saying the measure discriminates against members of the LGBT community and is bad for business.

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Lean Startup for Associations Part 2: Problem Solving!

Association Success

The scenario: A trade association (with organizational membership) holds three week-long, in-person training institutes in a year — offering a range of business and operations courses that lead to certification in different areas.

That Shiny Sparkly Thing Again

Elipsis Partners

They got several good proposals, scheduled a manageable number of demos, and it came down to two strong finalists. We recently helped a client make a system selection. To our mind, it was a clear choice.

How to Prepare a Business Case for a New LMS

WBT Systems

Certification programs and digital badges. Sketch out the next steps: requirements analysis, request for proposals, system selection, and system implementation. Do you feel like giving your learning platform a heave-ho out the door? But you can’t, not yet anyways. As dysfunctional and frustrating as that old learning management system (LMS) is, your association still relies upon it. But, let’s face it, your current LMS is holding you back.

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To RFP or not to RFP?

Elipsis Partners

A full Request for Proposal (RFP) works well when you have detailed processes that you really cannot change. We’ve also seen it with certification management systems, where many of the processes are influenced by the need to stay accredited. Should you issue a full-scale RFP for your next new system? How much detail do you really need to include? Should the RFP come before or after deep conversations and lengthy demonstrations with possible partners?

Many Standards to Rule Some: Multiple Internet of Things Groups Launch

Associations Now

In recent years, a number of proposed standards groups have arisen, attempting to build a single framework around a space that’s expected to become a bigger deal in the years to come.

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How to Become a Bookkeeper from Home


You do not need to have a degree in accounting or a CPA certification to work as a bookkeeper. Accounting , on the other hand, requires you to have a degree plus a CPA certification. You, however, need to write proposals and wait for a client to invite you for a job.

Do You Lead With the Right Metrics?

Associations Now

In a blog post last week, consultant and author Anna Caraveli pointed to a culture of complacency among associations when it comes to metrics that look at the big picture , especially among associations that are the sole provider of an essential credential or certification in its industry.

Need Skills to Pay the Bills? Associations Can Help

Associations Now

advocate for allowing individuals eligible for Workforce Investment Act or other workforce-development programs to use funds to pay for association certifications, conferences, products, and services.

A Small-Scale Approach to Big-Picture Strategy

Associations Now

The association’s chief focus is managing a certification for hazmat professionals, and there had been little effort to expand its scope. How do you get a board to talk strategy? The answer may be as simple as that—start talking strategy.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.26.19

Reid All About it

Presenters: Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Putting together a request for proposal (RFP) is a critical step in selecting a new AMS vendor.

SEC Lifts Advertising Ban on Hedge Funds, Equity Firms

Associations Now

We therefore strongly urge the SEC to move as expeditiously as possible to adopt the proposed amendments to Regulation D and Form D.”