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Questions

If you have any questions about the content or organization of this event, contact Nina L. Glisson at (803) 777-8158 or ninal@mailbox.sc.edu

For registration questions please contact Jennie Duval at (803)777-3799 or jlduval@mailbox.sc.edu.

Information about this Conference and other events sponsored by the Center can be found at www.sc.edu/fye.

 

Proposals are Invited

Proposals are invited on topics addressing the myriad aspects of the first year of college. Proposals undergo blind review and are selected based on appropriateness of session topic, adherence to proposal guidelines, and overall quality of the proposal. Detailed guidelines and selection criteria for each session type are listed on the proposal submission website.

Proposal Deadline

The proposal deadline is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm (PST). You are strongly encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible. Since the conference program must be finalized and presenters notified in time for preconference coordination, it may not be possible to accept late proposals.


For more information on session types, submitting an online proposal, and selection criteria regarding acceptance, visit our website at www.sc.edu/fye/events/annual/proposal/html. If you have any questions, contact the Conference and Continuing Education staff at fyeconf at fyeconf@mailbox.sc.edu.

Possible Session Topics

 

  • Improving and institutionalizing first-year seminars
  • Using assessment to build better programs
  • Researching the first college year
  • Exploring first-year programs at community colleges
  • Forging stronger partnerships between academic and student affairs
  • Initiating and strengthening service-learning and community service initiatives
  • Maintaining a commitment to a diverse student body
  • Implementing vibrant learning communities
  • Exploring student health issues
  • Improving academic and career advising
  • Encouraging critical thinking and holistic learning
  • Incorporating active-learning strategies in the first-year classroom
  • Expanding high-impact, first-year initiatives beyond the first semester
  • Involving peer mentors in educational initiatives
  • Designing and implementing common reading programs
  • Implementing early alert/early referral programs
  • Exploring teaching tools and technology to enhance learning
  • Developing partnerships with parents
  • Bridging generational gaps
  • Managing classroom and technology etiquette
  • Improving faculty training and development
  • Exploring the first year of postsecondary education in the international context

Session Types

Concurrent Session

These 60-minute sessions allow for 30-45 minutes of formal presentation and 15-30 minutes of discussion. These session types are best for those wishing to make formal presentations with questions and interaction. There are three types of concurrent sessions:

 

Research
These sessions are appropriate for presentations of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies on first-year students' transition, learning, development, performance, retention, and other relevant issues.

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretations and implications
  • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge

Assessed Institutional Initiative
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/ initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful on a particular campus.


Selection Criteria
:
  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement
  • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge


Trends & Issues
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends, current issues, and broad concepts. For example: college completion, characteristics and needs of special student populations, campus civility, global citizenship, teaching and learning, etc.

    Selection Criteria:

    • Appropriateness to session type
    • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
    • Command of literature base
    • Importance of topic as a perennial/emerging trend or issue
    • Implications/adaptability for practice
    • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge

Exhibitor Presentations
These sessions provide vendors the opportunity to network with conference participants in a formal setting providing information on publications, products, or services. Presentations are scheduled in a 60-minute time slot during the conference.


Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Creativity of Approach

Poster Session

These sessions allow for 90 minutes of informal interaction with a large number of conference delegates. Poster sessions are presented in the form of an exhibit and delivered primarily through the use of visual display and handout materials. The poster session host should expect to make brief remarks, share information, and answer questions about the presentation topic. Numerous poster sessions will be scheduled concurrently, and conference delegates will be free to move from one poster session to another. There are two types of poster sessions:

 

Assessed Programmatic Approaches
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/ initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful on a particular campus.

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement
  • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge

 

Research Findings
These sessions are appropriate for presentations of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies on first-year students' transition, learning, development, performance, retention, and other relevant issues.

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications
  • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge

 

Facilitated Discussions
These sessions are designed to promote open discussion around a significant issue or theme. Rather than making a formal presentation, session facilitators will encourage and maintain substantive discussion. Facilitated discussions should not emphasize any one program or institutional initiative, but rather give all session attendees an opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another's experiences. This session type is best for those presenters wanting to share ideas and gain information from other conference participants in an open forum.

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to the first-year experience
  • Evidence of engaging pedagogy
  • Appropriateness and potential value of learning outcomes
  • Presenter's demonstration of depth of knowledge