AAA Rolls Out New Three-Person Panel Guidelines

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Throughout his career Robin Capehart has served as an attorney, consultant, tax reform advocate, and president of West Liberty University, near Wheeling, West Virginia. In addition to his experience as a litigator and executive, former West Liberty president Robin Capehart served as a member of the Panel of Arbitrators with the American Arbitration Association.

The American Arbitration Association recently rolled out a new set of rules and guidelines parties can use when they are required to have a three-party panel of arbitrators to preside over a case. Under the new system, each party in the case works with a single member of the panel throughout the bulk of the process, meeting only with the full three-member panel when evidence is to be presented or the final award is handed out.

There are two different tracks that can be used in the new guidelines. In the first option, the parties work together to choose the entire panel, with one member appointed to serve as chair. The chair will be the primary arbitrator during the early phases of arbitration. The second option allows parties to select only one arbitrator who will, again, handle all the procedures in the early stages of the case. Later, the parties will coordinate with AAA to seat the other two members of the panel no less than 60 days prior to any hearings in which the full panel needs to be assembled.

School of Professional Studies Offers an Applied Learning Environment

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Robin Capehart serves as the president of Fleet Solutions International, a heavy equipment remarketing company headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Prior to accepting his position at Fleet Solutions, Robin Capehart increased admission enrollment and fostered academic success as the president for West Liberty University. Programs developed during his tenure included the School of Professional Studies.

The School of Professional Studies (SoPS) enables students to pursue degree programs that emphasize applied learning and cultivate skills relevant to professional work. Program faculty possess an extensive background in the fields they teach and draw upon their personal knowledge and experience to create dynamic courses. Designed for undergraduate and graduate students that lead busy lives, the program also facilitates learning by allowing students to draw on their current skills and knowledge pools.

Adult students who enroll receive the benefit of a flexible academic schedule that enables them to pursue any undergraduate degree, provided they complete all required classes. SoPS undergraduate programs incorporate courses that accommodate the life of busy adults, such as evening and Saturday classes. In addition, programs offer credit for prior learning experiences and encourage adult students to employ skills and information acquired from previous college coursework. SoPS currently offers three degree programs: the regents bachelor of arts, bachelor of applied science, and a bachelor of arts in organizational leadership and administration.

How West Liberty University Is Working to Make College More Accessible

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West Liberty University
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An accomplished academic and business leader, former West Liberty University (WLU) president Robin Capehart now serves as president of Fleet Solutions International, LLC. In his prior role at West Liberty, Robin Capehart was instrumental in driving improvements to the quality and accessibility of the school’s academic programs.

During his tenure at WLU, Mr. Capehart introduced a number of initiatives designed to make college a more attractive, feasible option for individuals from all walks of life. The launch of the Distance Learning Development Program allowed the school to expand its reach by increasing its online course catalog by over 300 percent, while the Office of International Education succeeded at growing the WLU community of international students. In addition, the strategic relocation of the school’s off-campus center to a thriving community center allowed the school to increase its off-campus enrollment exponentially.

Under Mr. Capehart’s leadership, WLU also launched the Hilltopper Academy, which has been effective at increasing retention rates for incoming freshmen. Designed to offer students opportunities for extra academic support and networking prior to their first college semesters, Hilltopper Academy provides students with the skills and sense of community necessary to thrive in a college environment.

What is the Hilltopper Academy?