tuesday, March 3, 2020

Workshop Session F: 10:15 - 11:15 am


Looking to the Future: Supporting Student & Institutional Success Today & Tomorrow

>> Room: White Ibis

Brian Hinote, Professor & Associate Vice Provost for Data Analytics & Student Success, Middle Tennessee State University
Richard Sluder, Vice Provost for Student Success & Dean, University College, Middle Tennessee State University

Given the current higher education climate, student success is arguably the most pressing concern for many colleges and universities today. For many reasons and across many types of institutions, we are now tasked with producing more positive student and institutional outcomes with fewer resources. In this session, presenters will introduce a dynamic student success portfolio from a large, comprehensive, regional university in the southeast. The best practices embedded in this strategic approach have generated record gains in persistence, retention, and graduation over the past few years, and have significantly increased revenues over the same time period. This session will also explore the future of student success, what a successful portfolio will likely need to include over the next 5-10 years, and how institutions can generate sustainable results through innovation and a forward-looking approach to student success. This session will help attendees visualize what the student success work of tomorrow will look like.

Leverage Parent Engagement and Technology to Improve Student Success

>> Room: Sandhill Crane

Chris Walters, Senior Coordinator for Student Success, Penn State Abington
Dave Becker, Chief Executive Officer, CampusESP

Involvement of parents and family members in higher education is no longer just the “helicopter” model. It’s here to stay, and is a vitally important piece of students’ experience that student affairs professionals should strive to understand and utilize (Wartman and Savage, 2008). There are many advantages to keeping parents and family members involved in the collegiate experience. The literature finds that if institutional philosophy is clearly articulated, messages vary by student and family characteristics, student privacy is balanced with parental expectations, and there is a clear point of entry, parents can be helpful (Shoup, Gonyea, & Kuh, 2009). Reports also indicate that students with more actively engaged parents earn higher grades and report being more satisfied with college. Additionally, students with “involved parents” report greater gains in personal competence, personal and social development, and general education outcomes (Shoup, Gonyea, & Kuh, 2009). This presentation will include relevant research, screen captures to demonstrate how Penn State Abington uses their parent and family portal, and audience discussion about the role of parents and potential benefits of parent engagement. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions and share challenges and successes of their current communication model.

Infusing Career Thinking into the Curriculum: Spelman's Career Pathways Initiative

>> Room: Snowy Egret

Tinaz Pavri, Division Chair - Social Sciences and Director of Career Pathways Initiative, Spelman College

Spelman College is at the mid-point of a sweeping recalibrating of how career and life knowledge is infused into the curriculum. Recognizing that career development was siloed and not integrated into academic affairs, the Career Pathways Initiative deliberately infuses career thought into the classroom, through faculty counselors, new courses, new foci on data science and technology infusion into existing courses. In addition, our new QEP will validate this on-going endeavor. We will share insights from our journey in this presentation.

DABA: A First Year Student’s Post-Orientation, Online Summer Activities

>> Room: Cormorant

Deborah Korth, Director of Fulbright Student Success and Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Jackson Jennings, Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of STEAM Student Success, University of Arkansas
Takama Statton-Brooks, Director for Residence Education, University of Arkansas
Lisa Summerford, Assistant Dean for Academic Services - Fulbright College, University of Arkansas

This presentation focuses on Destination Arkansas Blackboard Activities (DABA), as piloted for first-year students in Fall 2018, and introduces the revised components for the first-year students in Fall 2019 at the University of Arkansas. DABA is a component of the Destination Arkansas Initiative, a two-part program developed in collaboration with student affairs and academic affairs professionals with important input and support from students. The two parts of DABA are: (1) the online Blackboard component introduced in July, and (2) “A-Week” activities during the week before classes start. The new components of DABA, which all align with A-Week themes and activities, include Welcome, Tradition of Success, Wellness, Diversity, Engagement, and Community. The goal of DABA is to give students a digital platform to explore the university and examine success strategies before setting foot on campus, and to provide a low stress opportunity to become familiar with using Blackboard, which is an important part of most classes taught at the U of A. In Fall 2018, 99% of students enrolled in DABA accessed the materials; 87% completed at least one assignment, and 61% completed all assignments.

Experiential Learning in an Artificially Intelligent Age

>> Room: Herring Gull

Andrew PotterDirector - Office of University Experiential Learning, Office of Instruction, University of Georgia

Biomedical innovation, genetics, advanced robotics and nano-technology are reshaping the present and signaling the artificially intelligent future. And this future will be different—requiring different skills, behaviors and mindsets. As educators, we are preparing students to thrive in a world in which the majority of them will be working in careers that do not currently exist. Additionally, socio-economic, ethical, demographic and geo-political forces will require our students to compete, collaborate and create on a global level that is expected to present both incredible challenges and opportunities. Explore this emerging sea-change and how the University of Georgia’s Experiential Learning Initiative is charting a bold new approach to undergraduate teaching, learning and advising that is designed to connect today’s classroom to tomorrow’s world.

How A Coalition Effort Is Shaping Public Policy for Today’s Students

>> Room: Wilson's Plover

Emily Bouck West, Deputy Executive Director, Higher Learning Advocates
Ernest Ezeugo, Policy Director, National Campus Leadership Council
Kermit Kaleba, Managing Director Policy, National Skills Coalition

Today’s students are older, engage in postsecondary education part-time, work, balance school and family. However, many outsiders to postsecondary education are outraged when they learn how out-of-sync today’s federal policies have become against the needs of today’s students. What will it take to realign federal policies to ensure that the needs and experiences of today’s students are being addressed? Learn more about the emerging Today’s Students Coalition - a national effort focused solely on elevating policy reforms on behalf of the nation’s most diverse student body in decades. Hear directly from steering committee member organizations who will bring to light real-world examples and experiences of students - and the policy reforms needed to ensure all students are successful in their postsecondary program.