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. But the agency’s proposed method of doing so—a “gainful employment” rule that ties the schools’ financial aid eligibility to the success of its students—is controversial and drew an array of reactions. 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 The Federal Aviation Administration this week released a set of preliminary recommendations on small drones, which will use a simplified registration process compared to larger commercial drones.

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.,

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. Aerial of downtown Detroit Riverfront Photo Credit: Vito Palmissano. On Oct. 3, I’ll have the opportunity to speak at the seventh annual NACEDA (National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations) Summit.

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. Unlike a paper-based certification, a digital badge is embedded with relevant “ metadata ” such as the badge title, description, date earned, issuer, recipient, expiration date and even specific details about the work submitted by the recipient.

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.

Building Buy-In for an Online Community at Your Association

Higher Logic

The goal: If your organization offers certifications, continued education, or trainings as membership benefits, your leadership may want to boost involvement in these areas to grow non-dues revenue. Price is always a valid concern – but what you’re proposing is worth the investment.

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. That’s the challenge the American Association of Medical Assistants is looking to meet with the launch of its new Assessment-Based Certificate (ABC) in Geriatrics.

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.

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? It starts with being able to track and manage the sales process. Using a sales funnel, anyone can master the art of cultivating and closing sales. Watch a quick video about the. GrowthZone AMS Sales Funnel Management Module ».

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.

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How to ask someone to be your mentor

Association Success

I know personally every time that I’ve asked someone (to be a mentor), I have been scared to death,” Lauren Harley , Assistant Director of Education and Certification at MCI-USA, said in a recent SURGE Connect session. If they respond positively, I might propose a more formal form of mentorship beyond the occasional professional conversation.”

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. It started with a partnership between the two groups that began in 2011, when they worked together to launch the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) certification.

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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. Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. But have you changed the way you select and implement technology?

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. If your conference offers content so attendees can concentrate on obtaining CEs for certification or recertification…. Conferences that promote a surface learning approach assume attendees only attend to get CEs to fulfill certification requirements.

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. Digital transformation has completely altered how associations use technology to interact with and deliver value to members and customers. But have you changed the way you select and implement technology?

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.24.20

Reid All About it

Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Learn how to sharpen your RFP checklists to address key issues in proposals and when inspecting venues/properties/cities to include more about accommodations and health. The weekly list of free educational events and resources for the association community… Zoom fatigue—or is it?

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. They include a prep course for pharmacists studying for October examinations given by the Specialty Pharmacy Certification Board, as well as a home infusion workshop that features subject-matter experts from the National Home Infusion Association. Rundown Attendees: 1,200 plus. Exhibitors: 60 plus.

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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. ASAE’s challenge—hosted along with the American Council on Education, digital credential platform Credly, and the Lumina Foundation—invites groups to submit proposals for ways to better promote, evaluate, and use digital credentials in assessing job candidates and helping with hiring decisions.

4 Ways to Increase Non-Dues Revenue

Web Courseworks

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. Do you currently manage an eLearning department at an association? Are your education programs bringing in value for the organization and for your members? Or do you need assistance generating non-dues revenue from your education offerings?

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? But ACCT admits that even with certification and high safety standards, there’s danger. A fatal zip-line accident involving a 12-year-old girl in North Carolina has legislators talking regulation at the state level.

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. Actually finding opportunities for work is another major component, and to help members with that, IVAA has a platform through which a request for proposal (RFP) can be made. An association focusing on virtual assistance offers some tangible benefits to help members advance their careers. What is it?

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. They know what questions to ask during the requirements gathering process to elicit the information needed for a request for proposal (RFP), including questions you’d never think about asking.

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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.” “We continue to make the case to Capitol Hill that federal workers need to be able to attend face-to-face conferences for training and certification and to share best practices and ideas with their counterparts outside the federal government,” he added.

Association Brain Food Weekly: 4.17.20

Reid All About it

Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. COVID-19: Knowing How and When to Develop Partnership Proposals (Partnership Professionals Network Idea Exchange). Join a discussion on how and when to develop partnership proposals.

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?

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. And Nicole Carroll, CrossFit’s director of certification and training, wrote a letter to the Post , implying that the more traditional industry is attempting to push up-and-comers out.

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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.) Your conference is spreading the cult of myths, traditions and rituals. How so? What do you mean? You ask. Providing conference education is not as intuitive as it seems!

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. As part of its work in protecting the integrity of authentic Scotch whisky, the association recently achieved a victory by getting Chinese authorities to reject trademark applications for “Scotch-sounding” drink names.

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? With all the disruption going on around us and in your industry, will incremental change bring your vision for professional development closer to realization?

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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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. What the volunteer discovered is “there are no best practices about how to write a proposal in Japan,” Harris says. “We North American associations are often stymied by places like Japan and Great Britain.

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’ve heard clients who say that they picked a system that was bigger than their needs because they thought they would use the certification module or the event module or the subscription module, but in the end, it didn’t quite fit. We recently helped a client make a system selection.

Use Sponsored Grants to Strengthen Your Membership and Events

Association Adviser

Receiving a grant has traditionally meant spending hours researching details that justify your need for the grant, writing a detailed proposal that outlines how you would use the grant money and then waiting and hoping you’re chosen to receive the grant. Kelly Clark, Naylor Association Solutions.

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.

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. When it plans to ship: The new group hopes to have new products stamped with the group’s certification marks by next year. The goals: Starting first with smart home and smart office endeavors, the group hopes to build an open-source standard and certification program.

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Association Brain Food Weekly: 7.26.19

Reid All About it

Presenters: Agnes Amos-Coleman, MBA, CMP, education, conference, event, certification consultant, Amos-Coleman. Learn about tactics for setting your organization’s expectations after launch, steps to take during the implementation to ensure long-term success, post-launch processes that are essential for long-term success, ideas to keep staff engaged, and tips to ensure the end-user experience (member, donor, certificate, etc.)

Solutions for Your Membership Conundrum

Association Adviser

Certifications. We have a lot of benefits you may be interested in,’” he says, including technical details they can put into proposals and other benefits they wouldn’t immediately recognize. Many high performing associations are finding that they can earn substantial increase their renewal numbers by providing members with training, workshops, webinars and certifications that they would have trouble finding elsewhere. “If

Green – Is it in your Business or Career Plan?

Plexus Consulting

Section 171 of the bill proposed Energy Innovation Centers, “to…ensure that the United States maintains a technological lead in developing and deploying state-of-the-art energy technologies.” Investigate online the building associations, both national and local, that are offering green certification programs. Companies large and small are seeking ways to reap the benefits from tax credits, federal and state grants, commercial rebates, and green certifications.

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. Bookkeeping is the practice of recording, storing and retrieving financial records either for an individual, a corporate enterprise, or a non-profit organization.