The following keynote speakers will take part in the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. These speakers have been selected due to their deep knowledge and keen expertise with leading and shaping change in student and institutional success with gateway courses.
Academic Advising and Gateway Courses
Joshua Smith, Dean of the School of Education, Loyola University Maryland & Past President, National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)
Lessons Learned from Gateways to Completion Schools
Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow, Gardner Institute
Analytics: The Game Changer for Gateway Courses or Analytics: The Ultimate Game Changer for Gateway Courses?
Linda Baer, Former Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Julie Little, Vice President, Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development, EDUCAUSE
George Mehaffy, Vice-President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities
Corequisite Support in College Gateway Math and English Courses
Stan Jones, President, Complete College America
Peter Adams, Director Accelerated Learning Project (ALP), Community College of Baltimore County
Loretta Ussery Griffy, Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, Austin Peay State University
The Gardner Institute, as a part of Purdue University’s Building and Scaling Analytics Capacity project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce the 2014 Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference.
Last year over 350 faculty, staff and other interested parties came together to focus on improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses – courses that launch students on majors or programs of study. Many of these courses have high failure rates and thus close the door to student progression toward degree.
Sunday, March 23, 2013
Monday, March 24, 2013
Tuesday, March 25, 2013
1) Using Analytics to Improve Student Success: A primer on leveraging data to enhance student performance
Dr. Matthew Pistilli, Research Scientist, Purdue University
Bichsel (2012) defines analytics as “the use of data, statistical analysis, and explanatory and predictive models to gain insights and act on complex issues” (p. 6). Many institutions around the country, and indeed, the world, have begun exploring the use of analytics as a means of increasing student success. This session will provide an overview of analytics and how other institutions have successfully leveraged analytics. In addition, participants will leave with an understanding of underlying theoretical approaches to the application of analytics and a set of guiding questions and considerations for implementing analytics initiatives on their own campuses.
2) Supplemental Instruction (SI): A Model of Successful Academic Support & Retention
Dr. Marion Stone, Director, Academic Support and Mentoring & Executive Director of the International Center for Supplemental Instruction, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Developed at the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1973, Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that targets historically difficult courses. SI utilizes a non-remedial, collaborative approach to learning that increases student performance & retention by offering peer-led, out-of-class review sessions. Forty years of research has shown that SI enhances student learning, improves grades, & bolsters retention rates. Come learn about this world renowned program in this interactive workshop.
Objectives: basic tenets of the SI model; SI research; specific learning strategies; tangible resources for future reference, including how to acquire the necessary training to run a successful SI program.
3) Opportunities for Academic Innovation: Course level success strategies
Dr. Marguerite Weber, Director of Student Academic Affairs and Academic Initiatives, University of Baltimore
Participants will work through the process of understanding how to identify academic innovation opportunities that can help to solve a local problem (think classroom shortages, faculty retirements, high DFW rates, scheduling difficulties), to increase learning (in the specific course and “downstream”), and save (the university and/or students) resources. We’ll learn design approaches to incorporating engaged, experiential learning with teaching and learning with technology. Each participant will leave having created an entrepreneurial “rocket pitch” for a proposed project and will learn about common barriers to academic innovation, and strategies to overcome them.
Proposals are no longer being accepted for this conference.
Higher education professionals and educators are invited to submit proposals for the Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference. Innovative concurrent session proposals are invited on topics addressing the research, challenges and practices related to gateway courses and student success. Gateway courses are defined as those undergraduate courses with high failure rates.
For questions about proposal submissions, please contact Sara Stein Koch at email@example.com.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Monday, March 24, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Cancellations on or before January 17, 2014 will have the registration fee refunded less a 10% administrative fee. A written request for refunds is required. Absolutely no refunds will be made after January 17, 2014.
The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education reserves the right to refuse requests for any and all exhibit booth space and/or advertisement space in event program book for Institute sponsored events that are not consistent with the John N. Gardner Institute’s mission and goals.