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Proposal Deadline
July 16, 2014

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

 

An Invitation to Educators Committed to Student Learning and Success

College students experience many changes and transitions throughout their undergraduate years. As educators, we must provide support for the entire undergraduate experience - from the transition into college through graduation. The 21st National Conference on Students in Transition focuses on this wide range of experiences, including the first college year, the sophomore year, the senior year, and the transfer transition. Attendees have the opportunity to share with and learn from each other the latest trends, initiatives, best practices, ideas, research, and assessment strategies focused on supporting student success in these and other transitions.

Who Should Attend?

Educators interested in the college student experience from the first year through graduation, the
collegiate curriculum, innovative pedagogies, and high-impact practices designed to improve
learning and success for today's undergraduate students should attend. Graduate and
undergraduate students are also encouraged to participate in the conference.

Conference Co-hosts

  • Community College of Denver
  • Metropolitan State University of Denver
  • University of Colorado Denver

Conference Theme Tracks

  • Sophomore Issues
  • The Transfer Student Experience
  • The Senior Year
  • The First Year

Conference Structures Designed to Facilitate Networking

  • Primer for First-Time Attendees
  • Colleague Cluster Luncheon
  • Poster Sessions
  • Roundtable Discussions
  • Refreshment Breaks
  • Exhibit Area

Proposals are Invited

High-quality concurrent session, roundtable discussion, and poster session proposals are invited on topics addressing the myriad aspects on student in transition. Proposals undergo blind review and are selected based on appropriateness of session topic, adherence to proposal guidelines, and overall quality of the proposal. Detailed proposal guidelines and selection criteria for each session type are listed on the proposal submission website.

Proposal Deadline

The proposal deadline is July 16, 2014 12:00 noon EST. 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 is not possible to accept late proposals.

Presenter Registration

Due to budgetary restrictions, it is not possible to offer an honorarium or to waive registration fees for program presenters. All program chairs and additional presenters will be expected to register and pay appropriate conference registration fees. Presenters not registered by the registration deadline will have their presentation removed from the conference program.

Session Types

  • Concurrent Sessions
    These 60-minute sessions allow for 30-45 minutes of formal presentation and 15-30 minutes of discussion. This session type is 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 & consistency with the conference topic
    • Appropriateness to session type
    • Relevance of topic to student transitions
    • Originality of the work
    • Soundness of study design and analysis
    • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications
    • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Concurrent Research Session

    • Trends and Issues -These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends, current issues, and broad concepts.

      Selection Criteria:
    • Appropriateness & consistency with conference topic
    • Appropriateness to session type
    • Relevance of topic to student transitions
    • Implications/adaptability for practice
    • Command of literature base
    • Extent to which topic is a new/emerging trend or issue
    • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Concurrent Trends and Issues Session

    • 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 & consistency with conference topic
    • Appropriateness to session type
    • Relevance of topic to student transitions
    • Innovation of Approach
    • Evidence of Assessment
    • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement
    • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Concurrent Institutional Initiative Session

Poster Sessions
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:

Poster session types:

    • Research Findings - This type of poster session is appropriate for presenting research results focused on first-year student issues.

      Selection Criteria:

    • Appropriateness & consistency with the conference topic
    • Appropriateness to session type
    • Relevance of topic to student transitions
    • Originality of the work
    • Soundness of study design and analysis
    • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications
    • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Poster Research Findings Session

  • Assessed Programmatic Approaches - This type of poster session is appropriate for a presentation on a specific programmatic approach at a single institution.

    Selection Criteria

  • Appropriateness & consistency with conference topic
  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Evidence of Assessment
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement
  • Innovation of Approach
  • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Poster Assessed Programmatic Approaches Session

Facilitated Discussions
These sessions are designed to promote open discussion around a significant or major 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 & consistency with conference topic
  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Creativity of Approach
  • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Click Here to Submit Your Facilitated Discussions Session

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.

Exhibitor Presentation Types:

Selection Criteria:

  • Appropriateness & consistency with conference topic
  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Creativity of Approach
  • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)
  • Commercial (for profit) - These presentations are designed for those companies or organizations that are interested in promoting publications, other products, or services solely on a for-profit basis.

  • Commercial (academic) - These presentations are designed for research centers or service organizations who wish to present research findings that result from the use of commercially available assessment or research instruments.

  • Non profit - These presentations are designed for those companies or organizations that are interested in promoting publications, other products, or services solely on a not-for-profit basis.

Click Here to Submit Your Exhibitor Presentations Session


Selection criteria regarding acceptance for presentation for each session type are listed on the proposal submission website.

Examples of Accepted Proposals

Concurrent Sessions

Poster Sessions

Facilitated Discussion

Exhibitor Presentation