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


Preconference Workshops

Enhance your time at the upcoming National Conference on Students in Transition by attending one or more of our preconference learning workshops.

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

W-1 Beyond "Are We Done Yet?": Building High-Quality Culminating Experiences

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8 a.m. – Noon
Registration Fee: $135
Presenters: 

  • Jean M. Henscheid, Principal Policy Analyst, Idaho State Board of Education
  • Tracy L. Skipper, Assistant Director for Publications, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina

Done well, senior capstone courses and other culminating experiences are recognized as among the most powerful approaches to helping students successfully close out their undergraduate experience. More than just the last check box for major completion, they give students the opportunity to integrate, apply, and showcase their learning and make a successful transition out of college. This workshop will guide participants through the process of shaping these kinds of high-quality courses and experiences.

W-2 Growth Mindset, Belonging, and Grit: Incorporating Noncognitives Into Your First-Year Experience

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 8 a.m. – Noon
Registration Fee: $135
Presenters: 

  • Amy Baldwin, Director of University College, University of Central Arkansas
  • Douglas Daugherty, Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Timothy Steenbergh, Professor of Psychology, Indiana Wesleyan University

Research and public conversation about grit, growth mindset, self-efficacy, and other learning mindsets (noncognitives) have proliferated in the past few years, but many student success professionals are uncertain how best to incorporate these concepts into their courses and programs. Participants in this workshop will receive an up-to-date briefing on the latest theory and practice about learning mindsets and their impact on student outcomes. Then, participants will engage in interactive activities to learn how to design curricular and cocurricular strategies in their student success courses and first-year experience programs that can enhance learning mindsets, leading to a measurable impact on student success.

W-3 Planning for Student Transitions Across the Undergraduate Years

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Registration Fee: $245
Presenters: 

  • 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

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 be able 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-4 Creating a Transfer-Receptive University

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration Fee: $135
Presenter: 

  • Kim Morton, Associate Director, Office of Transfer Services, Appalachian State University

Being intentional in how you welcome transfer students is essential for their success; one-size-fits-all does not work for new student transitions. This workshop will focus on how institutions can welcome transfer students through support systems like transfer-specific orientations, summer programming, student and faculty mentoring programs, residential learning communities, transfer programming, transfer centers, and more. Participants will work together to create a student's timeline from acceptance through their first semester, identifying important touchpoints, brainstorming responsive programming, and creating their institutions' transfer transition plan of success. 

W-5 Upgrade Your Peer Leader Program by Creating High-Impact and Transformative Experiences

When: Saturday, October 13, 2018, 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Registration Fee: $135
Presenters: 

  • 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 and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina

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 campus, and work collaboratively to develop strategies for improving the high-impact potential of PL experiences.