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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition


Proposals

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.

Proposal Deadline

The call for proposals will open in late spring 2019.

 

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 Sessions

These 60-minute sessions allow for 30 to 45 minutes of formal presentation and 15 to 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.

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

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications

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

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement

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

Selection Criteria

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Command of literature base
  • Importance of topic as a perennial/emerging trend or issue
  • Implications/adaptability for practice

 

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.

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

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Appropriateness of initiative to institutional context
  • Quality of the assessment design
  • Implications for institutional improvement or advancement

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

  • Relevance of topic to the students in transitions
  • Potential contribution of the research findings
  • Soundness of study design and analysis
  • Reasonableness of interpretation and implications

 

Facilitated Dialogues

These sessions are designed to promote open dialogue around a significant issue or theme. Rather than making a formal presentation, session facilitators will encourage and maintain substantive dialogue. Facilitated dialogues 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

  • Relevance of topic to students in transition
  • Appropriateness and potential value of learning outcomes

 

Vendor 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

  • Relevance of topic to student transitions
  • Implications/adaptability for practice