Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Agenda & Abstracts

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Abstracts for Concurrent Sessions

Session A – Building a Collaborative Passion for Student Success

Dr. Charlie Nutt

Dr. Nutt will discuss the role that passion plays in the teaching and learning of experiences of students.  His focus will be on how the role of advising and counseling must be an integral part of the academic mission of all higher education institutions and how building a statewide collaborative will enhance the success of students across the state.

Session B – Bridging the Gap for At-Risk First-Year Students

Chris Hein

Summer bridge programs are an instrumental tool for helping at-risk students to achieve academic success in college but, for some students, starting classes the summer before their first fall semester is not a viable option. The Panther Excellence Program at Georgia State University targets these students. Attendees will learn about the mechanics of the Panther Excellence Program, how we provide yearlong support for students, how it relates to student success and retention, and how such a program can be implemented at other universities.

Session C – Improving Student Achievement:  Some Principles from Cognitive Psychology

Dr. John Dunlosky

 Students are expected to learn a great deal of information, and as they progress from grade school to college, they are increasingly responsible for guiding their learning outside of class.  Thus, students could benefit from easy-to-use strategies that support durable and efficient learning.  I’ll discuss which strategies students believe are the best and which ones they use the most, and I’ll describe a variety of promising strategies that they should use. Although these strategies are not a panacea for every learning challenge, they provide robust tools that will improve student success across many domains.

Session D – C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D.: Driving Student Success Through Bridging Education to Application 

Tanya White-Earnest

This session provides an overview of  9 considerations to integrate career services throughout the institution by providing a strategic, wholistic, deliberate approach. The program will address:

  • The C.O.N.N.E.C.T.E.D. process
  • Strategic practices to integrate career services
  • Benefits and outcomes of creating a CONNECTED campus
  • Connecting, engaging and influencing stakeholders

Participants will leave with clarity on why and how to create a connected campus, and simple, yet powerful ideas to engage all stakeholders in creating a seamless career services strategy that truly contributes to student academic and career success.

Session E – Revisiting the Orientation Course (Again)

Dr. Amy Baldwin, Facilitator

Many institutions offer, or have offered (or are offering again) a course designed to orient first-year students to the expectations of and skills needed in college. As student populations shift, however, these courses must also shift to meet changing needs.  Dr. Baldwin will lead a roundtable discussion on developing or revising such a course to meet your students’ specific requirements.  Come with questions. Bring your ideas and syllabi to share.