John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

2015 Higher Learning Annual Conference

OUR SESSIONS

Exploring the Evidence: Findings from Two National Student Success Surveys
When: 3/29/15 from 8:00 – 8:45 AM
Where:  Columbus C-F, Gold Level, East Tower

The session will address the use of student success programs in institutions across the nation. It will compare and contrast findings. The session will address the use of student success programs in institutions across the nation. It will compare and contrast findings from the 2010 and 2012 surveys so as to shed light on differences and similarities associated with student success efforts at two-year and four-year institutions.

Speaking: Betsy Q. Griffin, Vice President and Resident Scholar; Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow; John N. Gardner Institute

Assessing and Improving Transfer Success at Two- and Four-Year Institutions
When: 3/29/15 from 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Where: Columbus C-F, Gold Level, East Tower

Transfer has become the normative route to the bachelor’s degree even though these students are often under served. A four- and a two-year institution will share their assessment of transfer and implementation of plans for improving transfer student success. Top recommendations from additional Foundations of Excellence institutions will be included.

Speaking: John N. Gardner, President, John N. Gardner Institute; Melinda James, Vice President of Student Development, Waubonsee Community College; Amelia Noël-Elkins, Director of University College, Illinois State University

Retention Performance Management— the Pilot Cohort’s Progress and Next Steps
When: 3/29/15 from 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Where: Columbus C-F, Gold Level, East Tower

The session focuses on Retention Performance Management – a new process that helps institutions gather and analyze retention-related data and then use that analysis to create and implement a “silo-spanning” retention plan. The presenters will describe the process and provide an example of activity to date at University of Wisconsin – Platteville.

Speaking: Andrew K. Koch, Executive Vice President, John N. Gardner Institute; Joanne Wilson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Killer Courses: Vexing Barriers to Retention and Completion
When: 3/30/15 from 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Where: Crystal Ballroom A, Green Level, West Tower 

“Killer courses” are defined as developmental or college credit bearing courses with unacceptably high failure rates, which directly correlate with student attrition. The session will share data from the Gardner Institute’s work with over 270 two-year and four-year institutions. This includes findings from over 100 HLC institutions.

Speaking: Betsy Griffin, Vice President and Resident Scholar; Andrew K. Koch, Executive Vice President; John N. Gardner Institute

Transforming High-Risk Courses – a National Effort with Institutional Examples
When: 3/30/15 from 2:00 – 2:45 PM
Where: Columbus C-F, Gold Level, East Tower

The session will focus on a national project for transforming student learning and success in high failure rate courses. The presenters will share information about the broader project – called Gateways to Completion – and they will give institutional examples of findings and actions from HLC member Arkansas Tech University.

Speaking: Andrew K. Koch,  Executive Vice President, John N. Gardner Institute; Monica Varner, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, associate professor of sociology, Oklahoma State University

Evaluating, Planning and Improving the First Year of College
When: 3/31/15 from 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Where: Grand Ballroom C-D, Gold Level, East Tower

The Foundations of Excellence First-Year Focus has been used by 103 HLC institutions to evaluate and develop a plan to improve everything they do for new students. Roosevelt University will share its experience in using this approach to evaluate its processes and programs and create a more robust first year.

Speaking: John N. Gardner, President, John N. Gardner Institute; Linda Jones, Dean of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Journalism, Roosevelt University; Amanda Wornhoff, Interim Director of English Composition, Roosevelt University

RELATED SESSIONS

Intensive Series: The Quality Initiative in the Open Pathway Part 3: Roundtable Discussions on Quality Initiatives
When: 3/29/15 from 3:00 – 3:45 PM
Where: Crystal Ballroom D, Gold Level, West Tower

This roundtable will include discussion about Foundations of Excellence at University of New Mexico.

Speaking: Nancy Middlebrook, University Accreditation Director & Accreditation Liaison Officer; Joeseph Suilmann, Program Coordinator, Office of the Provost; University of New Mexico

Employing Academic Analytics: Strategies for Student Success in Gateway Courses
When: 3/30/15 from 10:00 – 10:45 AM
Where: Columbus K-L, Gold Level, East Tower

This presentation will focus on the usage of Discriminant Analysis and Academic Analytics as a tool to determine if prerequisites and co-requisites for five gateway courses are grounded in evidence, and if course redesign strategies would have a greater impact on student success, more specifically, for under served student populations

Speaking: David Underwood, Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs, Arkansas Tech University; Monica Varner, Associate Provost of Academic Affairs, associate professor of sociology, Oklahoma State University