John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education


JNGI 2017 Annual Gateway Course Experience Conference

February 26 – 28, 2017, The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV

Hundreds of institutional leaders, faculty, student success specialists, teaching and learning technology and institutional research professionals will join us at the JNGI 2017 Gateway Course Experience Conference to create and/or improve support for students in gateway courses.

Register today!

Submit your proposal!

Connect and Learn:

  • Engage in cross functional discussions about excellence in teaching, faculty development, and curriculum redesign
  • Discover the latest promising practices
  • Explore early warning systems, analytics, academic help labs, and other tools and/or approaches
  • Discuss pre-enrollment placement and preparation strategies
  • Develop further understanding of the body of knowledge about gateway courses and completion

Who Should Attend:

  • Institutional leaders interested in learning more about the role of gateway courses in student success and completion
  • Faculty who teach, coordinate and/or develop curriculum for high enrollment courses and/or high risk gateway courses
  • Student success staff actively involved with supporting student achievement in high enrollment and/or high risk gateway courses
  • Information technology staff involved in the development and application of learner analytics to improve institutional and student performance in gateway courses
  • Institutional research and/or institutional effectiveness staff interested in learning about the application of data to improve teaching and learning in gateway courses



Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Randy Bass,  Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English, Georgetown University

Teach Students to Learn:  A Key to Improving Success in Gateway Courses! Saundra McGuire, Director Emerita, Center for Academic Success & Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University

Featured Sessions

Transparent Assignments Promote Equitable Opportunities for Student Success, Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, University of Nevada Las Vegas

Lessons Learned from G2C Schools, Moderator:  Sara Stein Koch, Institute Fellow, John N. Gardner Institute

Making the Sum of the Parts Greater than the Individual Pieces:  Intentionally Connecting Gateway Course Redesign with Guided Pathway Efforts, Moderator:  Rebecca Villarreal, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation


Schedule and List of Sessions 

More to come soon. Check back for updates.



Register today!

Hotel Room Rate: $179 per night, Click here to make hotel reservations or call 888-421-1442 and mention Gateway Course Experience. Hotel cutoff date is January 17, 2017.

Fee for Conference: $595 per individual by early bird deadline of December 2, 2016 or $650 after that date; Group registration for three or more attendees from one institution is $545 per person by early bird of December 2 or $600 after that date. Free registration for Chief Academic Officer (no surrogates allowed) if four other registrants attend from one institution. Email Angie Whiteside at to redeem this offer when the four people have registered.

Pre Conference Workshops: $175 (there are three to choose from) – 8 am to 12 pm, breakfast from 7:15 – 8 am.

Contact: Please contact Angela Whiteside ( or 828-449-8053) with questions or comments.



Preconference Workshops

Title:  Promoting student success through embedded peer support:  A user’s manual for everyone

Presenters:  Kathryn Tucker, Ph.D., Janielle Losaw, Ph.D., Tony Scinta, Ph.D.

The Gateways to Completion project at Nevada State College has led to significant advances in student success among targeted populations (e.g., first-generation and diverse students), including unprecedented gains in retention, student satisfaction, and grade point average.  Much of this success owes to the development of a new peer support specialist known as a “course assistant” – a peer mentor, supplemental instruction leader, and embedded tutor who attends the class sessions of critical gateway courses and provides students with high-quality academic and non-cognitive guidance.  This workshop focuses on practical insights into how we created this peer support program, including the specific goals and training systems that underlie the initiative, and should provide attendees with actionable guidance on how to create like-minded programs on their home campuses.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals

You are doing great work. It’s time to share it!

Higher education faculty, professionals and educators are invited to submit proposals for the JNGI 2017 Gateway Course Experience Conference.

Proposals should reflect the best thinking in the field of improving institutional and student performance in gateway courses – college credit-bearing and/or remedial courses that launch students into programs of study or majors. Spark conversation, generate action and advance student success by sharing your experiences with:
  • Challenges and solutions related to gateway courses and student success
  • Innovative practices in teaching high enrollment, high failure rate courses
  • Creating support structures for student success gateway courses
  • Institutional and curricular change around gateway courses
  • Research and assessment on gateway course issues

Complete your proposal today! Submission deadline: October 3, 2016.



We invite you to participate in the JNGI 2017 Gateway Course Experience Conference at the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. This conference offers many opportunities for exhibitors and sponsors to connect with motivated and on-target prospects while also demonstrating support for higher education’s efforts to improve student success.

Options include:

  • Exhibitor
  • Exhibitor with Concurrent Session
  • Variety of Sponsorship with Concurrent Sessions
  • Conference App Ads

Sign up to exhibit and/or sponsor today!

2017 Exhibitors

National Academic Advising Association (NACADA)

National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition (NRC)

National Institute for the Study of Transfer Students (NISTS)

Stylus Publishing