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

Continental breakfast and lunch is included with all preconference workshops. Separate registration is required.

W-1 Upgrade Your Peer Leader Program by Creating High-Impact and Transformative Experiences

Bryce Bunting, Assistant Clinical Professor, Counseling and Career Center, Brigham Young University; Dallin George Young, Assistant Director for Research, Grants, and Assessment, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience, University of South Carolina

Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:00 am - 12:00 noon $135

Peer leadership is emerging as a high-impact practice (HIP) with transformative potential for students who serve as peer leaders (PLs), particularly as they prepare to transition into careers or graduate studies. This workshop will support attendees in designing PL experiences that align with the characteristics of other well-known HIPs (Kuh, 2010) and facilitate meaningful learning for student leaders. Participants will be introduced to research on PL learning outcomes, evaluate opportunities for strengthening the PL experience on their own campuses, and collaborate to develop strategies for improving the high-impact potential of PL experiences on their own campuses.

W-2 Making Learning Meaningful Through Integrative Learning

M. Stuart Hunter
, Senior Fellow, University 101 Programs and National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition; Faculty Fellow, USC Connect, University of South Carolina; Irma Van Scoy, Executive Director, USC Connect, University of South Carolina; Dottie Weigel, Assistant Professor; Director of the Master of Arts in Higher Education, Messiah College

Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:00 am - 12:00 noon $135

As higher educators, we want students to make lasting connections between course material, extracurricular experiences, and real-world application. This is especially important for seniors approaching graduation. Workshop participants will explore guided learning as a means to help students, in their own contexts, connect concepts and skills developed in a variety of academic affairs (e.g., advanced courses, capstone seminars) and beyond the classroom experiences (e.g., advising, peer leadership, various high-impact practices). Participants will gain practical and transferrable strategies to incorporate into their curricula or programming and will be better equipped to help students apply knowledge in new contexts during college and beyond graduation.

W-3 Planning for Student Transitions Across the Undergraduate Years

Betsy O. Barefoot, Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; Senior Scholar - John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education
John N. Gardner, Founding Director and Senior Fellow, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition - University of South Carolina; President - John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Saturday, October 21, 2017 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. $245

In this workshop, both two-year and four-year participants will be introduced to a comprehensive range of strategies for improving the success of students throughout their college or university experience. Presenters will guide participants in an evaluation of their current institutional transition programs and in the creation of a draft action plan to improve student success, retention, and progression in one or more critical transition periods-first year, sophomore, transfer, and senior (if applicable). Participants will have an opportunity to share their planning drafts and receive feedback from the facilitators and other attendees. Institutional teams are encouraged, but individual participants are also welcome.

W-5 Building Pathways for Transfer Student Success

Mark Allen Poisel, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Saturday, October 21, 2017 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. $135

Each year, increasing numbers of students choose to attend more than one institution to earn their bachelor’s degrees. With these students in mind, many college and university administrators are looking to enhance the opportunities and pathways for student success by creating beneficial programs. From strategic planning, recruitment, pre- and post-matriculation to serving the transfer students after their arrival on campus, we will discuss what it takes to move students from preparation to transition and through progression so they become your institution’s alumni.