2014 Conference

Conference Presentations

Keynote Presentations

John Gardner

George Kuh

 

Concurrent Sessions


Wednesday February 5th, 2014

10:00 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions W1

W1 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

08 - High Impact on Surviving and Thriving of African American Males from Detroit

Salon A

Connie Tingson-Gatuz & Bryant George

14 - Going From 70 to 80 is Legal: Improving Retention and Persistence with High Impact Practices

Session Handout

Salon B

DJ Trela, Aimi Moss & Christine Waters

47 - Group Models for Social Skills Training That Improves Student Retention

Salon C

Patricia Dixon, Sara Byczek & Jennifer Crystal

03 – Learning to Learn

Session Handout

Dennison 1 & 2

Barbara Oakley & Chris Kobus

60 - Implementing 8 Keys to Veterans' Success

Dennison 3 &4

Michael Brennan, Chris Engle & Philip Larson

78 - Achieving the Dream: A Decade of Community College Efforts to Improve Student Outcomes

Niles 1 & 2

Chris Baldwin, Amy Fugate & Nancy Showers



11:15 – 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions W2

W2 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

12 - Supporting Students in Social Statistics: A Collaborative Project to Boost Retention in the Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice Programs at Oakland University

 

Salon A

Heidi Lyons & Maria DeVoogd- Beam

18 - WSU Circle of Student Support

Salon B

Randie Kruman et. al.

 

27 - WMU's Alpha Program: Supporting Conditionally Admitted Students

Session Handout

Salon C

Randy Ott, Walter Malone & Elizabeth Bartles

42 - INTRUSION! Retaining Online Students in First-Year Writing Classes

Dennison 1 & 2

Christina Moore, et al.

 

15 - Campus Climate for LGBT Students, Staff & Faculty: Potential Impacts on Recruitment and Retention

 

Dennison 3 &4

Tim Larrabee

28 - Michigan Transfer Agreement: Overview and Implementation

Mediterranean

Room

 

Chris Baldwin et al.

 

Vendor Presentation

73 – Career Development as a Retention Tool

Niles 1 & 2

Brian Partie et al.

 



2:15 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions W3

W3 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

02 - Communicating Messages for Student Success

Salon A

Chris Foreman & Chris Shell

24 - Career Development Is a University Responsibility

Salon B

Mike Messner et al.

 

31 - Developing Cross-Sector Leadership for College Access using Collective Impact: Michigan's Local College Access Networks

Salon C

Ryan Fewins-Bliss & Brandy Johnson

34 - The Waino Wahtera Center for Student Success: Retention and Outreach Efforts at Michigan Tech

Dennison 1 & 2

Susan Liebau, Heather Simpson & Sylvia Matthews

 

38 - Student Success through Effective Writing: Collaboration at GVSU

Dennison 3 &4

Nancy Giardina, Kay Losey & Patrick Johnson

 

40 - "If Only You Knew" An Analysis of the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) for Understanding Activities that Promote Success for Black Students

Mediterranean

Room

 

Brenda Harrison

Vendor Presentation

49 - Learn how Mid Michigan has Enhanced Academic Advising & the Registration Process

Niles 1 & 2

 

Haley Zitnitsky & Hillary Phillips



3:30 – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions W4

W4 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

05 - Learning Communities: Taking LCs to the Next Level of High Impact Practice

Salon A

Amy Cooper

45 - Shelter from the Rain: Evidence Based Strategies for Promoting LGBT Students’ Well-Being and Connection with their College

Salon B

Ellen Fedon-Keyt, Melissa Grey & Judith Kovach

22 - Retention Strategies for Female STEM Majors

Salon C

Ruth Greenfield

50 - Reeling Them In: The Impetus for a Course Redesign in First-Year Composition

Dennison 1 & 2

Laura Gabrion, Colleen Doyle &     Lori Ostergaard

52 - High-Impact Practices that Retain Underrepresented STEM Students

Dennison 3 &4

Ezella McPherson

Vendor Presentation

69 – Implementing High Impact Practices to Ensure Student Success

Niles 1 & 2

Nate Cole



Thursday February 6th, 2014

8:45 – 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions T5

T5 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

16 - Bridge Living Learning Community: Best Practices Utilized by Program Staff to Successfully Transition Students from High School to the University

Salon A

Marie-Michelle Rosemond & Dwight Fontenot

20 - Sophomore Slump to Sophomore Jump - A look at Year #2 of SVSU's Second-Year Program

Salon B

Kimberly McDonald,

21 - Improving First Year Student Success through a First Year Transition Course

Salon C

Christine Deacons

63 - Utilizing Institutional-specific Research to Study Retention at Your Institution

Dennison 1 & 2

Scott Mertes

51 - Creating a Culture of Success in a Complex University Setting

Dennison 3 &4

Bill Potter, Julie Coon, David Darrow, Julie Rowan, Shelly VandePanne & Arlene Krellwitz

 

53 - Creating Meaningful Interactions with Students

Niles 1 & 2

 

Roberta Rae & Sarah Mullin



10:00 – 11:00 am Concurrent Sessions T6

T6 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

75 - Don't be Late to Graduate

Salon A

Tricia Westergaard, Amy Lindsay & Matt Prentice

 

35 - Learn how SVSU has Enhanced the Registration Process and Improved Academic Advising

Salon B

Craig Aimar & Haley Zitnitsky

48 - Boosting Retention: How a Change in Advising Led to Retention Gains (and How We Know it was Advising)

Salon C

Sara Webb & Reuben Ternes

55 - Early Academic Assessment, an Effective Retention Tool

Dennison 1 & 2

Nadia Simon

23 - Leveraging Your Academic Library: High-Impact Strategies for Improving Student Success

Dennison 3 &4

Katie Greer et al.

 

76 – Reverse Transfer in Michigan:  Providing Students Credit When It’s Due

Niles 1 & 2

Chris Baldwin, Patty Farrell-Cole & Steve Shablin



11:15 – 12:15 pm Concurrent Sessions T7

T7 - Session Number and Title

 

Room

Presenter

32 - High Impact Practices at GVSU: Strategies to Connect More Students

Salon B

Nancy Giardina & Joyce Van Baak

46 - Effective, Innovative and Culturally Aware Programming and Practices to Retain Teacher Preparation Candidates from Traditionally Under Served Populations

 46 - Second Presentation

Salon C

Marcy Peake, M’Myia Hughes & Audreanna Shannon

64 - Utilizing Technology to Support Campus Initiatives to Improve Graduation and Completion Rates

Dennison 1 & 2

Jonelle Beatrice

62 - Stairway 2 Success (Squared): Intentional Retention Reform for Conditionally Admitted Students

Dennison 3 &4

Nick Wagner, Kim Lacey & Bryan Crainer

 

36 - The Student Explorer: Using Analytics to Inform use of High Impact Practices

Niles 1 & 2

Dwight Fontenot & Makeda Turner

Conference Program

A draft of the conference program can be downloaded here.



Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, February 5

Time

Event

Venue

7:00am – 5:00pm

Registration

Registration Desk

7:30am – 8:30am

Breakfast

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

8:30am – 8:45am

Welcome – Betty Youngblood

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

8:45am – 9:45am

Keynote – John Gardner

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

9:45am – 10:00am

Transition Time

Pre-Function Area

10:00am – 11:00am

Concurrent Sessions 1

Breakout Rooms

11:00am – 11:15am

Transition Time

Pre-Function Area

11:15am – 12:15pm

Concurrent Sessions 2

Breakout Rooms

12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lunch & Keynote/George Kuh

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

2:15pm – 3:15pm

Concurrent Sessions 3

Breakout Rooms

3:15pm – 3:30pm

Transition Time

Pre-Function Area

3:30pm – 4:30pm

Concurrent Sessions 4

Breakout Rooms

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Showcase/Reception

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

4:45pm – 5:00pm

Remarks – James Lentini

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

Thursday, February 6

Time

Event

Venue

8:00am – 12:00pm

Registration

Registration Desk

8:00am – 8:45am

Breakfast

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

8:45am – 9:45am

Concurrent Sessions 5

Breakout Rooms

9:45am – 10:00am

Break/Transition Time

Pre-Function Area

10:00am – 11:00am

Concurrent Sessions 6

Breakout Rooms

11:00am – 11:15am

Break/Transition Time

Pre-Function Area

11:15am – 12:15pm

Concurrent Sessions 7

Breakout Rooms

12:30pm – 1:15pm

Lunch & Remarks/       Monica Emerson

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

1:15pm – 2:15pm

Keynote – Paul Hernandez

Peninsula Grand Ballroom

2:15pm – 2:30pm

Closing Remarks –        Glenn McIntosh

Peninsula Grand Ballroom




Keynote Speakers
George D. Kuh

George D. Kuh is Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington and Adjunct Professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

George was the founding director of the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)  and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and  faculty, as well as the founding director of the Strategic National Arts  Alumni Project, the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or  hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and  postsecondary institutions. He currently directs and is co-principal  investigator with Stan Ikenberry of the National Institute for Learning  Outcomes Assessment (NILOA), which is co-located at the University of  Illinois and Indiana University. At Indiana University, he served as  chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies  (1982-84), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education  (1985-88), and Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus  (1997-2000).

George has more than 350 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. In addition, he has been a consultant to more than 375 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. His contributions have been recognized with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education. In 2011, NASPA named its Contribution to Literature and Research Award after him. In addition, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, the Distinguished Alumni Award and Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State University, several Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, the Dean's Award for outstanding contributions by a faculty member to the quality of undergraduate life at IUB, and the prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award from Indiana University for a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching. 

A past-president of ASHE, George holds seven honorary degrees, and serves on the Board of Regents at Luther College and the National Leadership Council for the Association of American College and Universities "Liberal Education and America's Promise" initiative.

George received the B.A. from Luther College, M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa


Paul Hernandez
Hernandez photoPaul Hernandez, an associate professor of sociology at Central Michigan University, channels the frustrations of his early years into engaging students like him and providing them with opportunities. He reminds students every day that they can reach their goals.

Hernandez created “College 101: Introducing At-Risk Students to Higher Education,” to help struggling middle and high school students. Hernandez, along with his team of student volunteers, help those students discover their passion for learning, and direct it into avenues for success. The experience is life-changing for these students, who go from potential high school dropouts to college students.

Since its creation in 2009, College 101 has helped more than 1500 students in both urban and rural schools throughout Michigan — at no cost to the students or their families. As part of the program, Hernandez visits participating school districts to offer assistance to students and teachers.

Hernandez works from a basis of what he calls “authentic connections.” He encourages students to see who they are and realize the potential they have for success. He coaches teachers to apply humanistic themes in developing relationships with their students. It’s not just about academics — it’s about understanding, as Hernandez helps educators identify both their students’ joys and frustrations. 

Hernandez is working on an expansion of College 101 to include those students who successfully completed high school and are on their way to college. The new component to the program will continue to offer resources and encouragement to keep them motivated to stay in school. This will also give Hernandez the chance to work with other universities and colleges across Michigan.

John N. Gardner
John N. Gardner is an educator, university professor and administrator, non-profit organization chief executive officer author, editor, public speaker, consultant, change agent, student retention specialist, first-year and transfer students’ advocate, and initiator and scholar of the American first-year and senior-year reform movements. He serves as the President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.

The Institute, based in Brevard, N.C., was founded by John and his wife, Dr. Betsy O. Barefoot, in October 1999 as the Policy Center on the First Year of College. The Policy Center was launched by an initial grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, and has been subsequently funded by additional grants from Pew, The Atlantic Philanthropies, Lumina Foundation for Education, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and USA Funds.

In 2007 the Policy Center underwent a legal and name change to the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education and an expansion of its mission to focus more broadly on excellence in undergraduate education, as a fully autonomous 501c3 non-profit entity.

Since its inception in 1999, the Institute has received approximately $7,500,000 in support from its philanthropic partners.
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