Join us for an in-state, substantive, thought-provoking, interactive, meeting of the minds from across all sectors and professional roles within Ohio post-secondary education. We will come together to examine and be informed and inspired by promising new practices for improving undergraduate education and student success in Ohio.
Ohio undergraduate education is facing multi-faceted threats: declining traditional-aged student enrollments, declining enrollments in the liberal arts, declining international student enrollments, declining state and federal funding, changing demographics, uncertain economic impact of trade policies, and unknown public policy directions.
All institutions, 2-year, 4-year, private, public, not-for-profit, for-profit, urban, rural, and online are faced with needing to do more with less. But many post secondary institutions across the state, in all sectors, have created cutting-edge innovative solutions to address student success.
This gathering will provide educators the opportunity to share promising practices and share the many strengths of the diverse colleges and universities in Ohio.
Who should attend :
Ohio higher education thought leaders and practitioners from the state's 2-year, 4-year, non-profit, for-profit, public and private institutions:
Faculty, academic administrators (chief academic officers and their staff, deans, department chairs),
student affairs/ student success administrators and staff,
librarians, institutional research and assessment practitioners,
higher education focused researchers and journalists,
Featured speakers for the conference are:
presidents, chancellors, and trustees,
foundation program officers,
state agency officials and higher education association staff.
Anyone who is interested in student success for Ohio's undergraduates.
Pre-Conference : Link to Register
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26: 2.00-5.00—PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS
Cultural Responsiveness through Reflection & Course Refinement
Presenter: Isis Artez-Vega
This interactive session will first guide participants through a reflective exercise focused on working across cultures. It will then share a conceptual framework for culturally-responsive teaching, which will serve as a lens through which participants will examine key elements of their course syllabi, and work together to identify current strengths and areas for refinement. *Note: Participants are asked to bring a physical or virtual copy of one of their course syllabi.
Transfer and the Social Justice Imperative
Presenters: John N. Gardner and Mike Rosenberg
Higher education institutions often discriminate against transfer students. Most colleges and universities conceive of student transfer as the administrative process of articulating credits from one institution to the next. However, the majority of baccalaureate earners now possess credit from more than one institution. The primary educational path for underrepresented, first-generation, and adult students to a baccalaureate degree involves transfer – requiring these students to navigate a system not necessarily designed to work in their best interest. We argue for a more comprehensive, holistic view – considering transfer as a student’s total educational experience from initial acceptance to their successful goal attainment and credentialing. Join us for a conversation and strategic planning session about a social justice frame for transfer – refocusing on the actual needs of students, building pro-transfer alliances across campus, and creating a sustainable system for transfer success.
Redesigning Gateway Courses to Improve Learning and Advance Equity and Social Justice
Presenters: Drew Koch and Vicki McGillin
In this interactive session, participants will explore both the assumptions and the evidence concerning which, why and how students struggle in gateway courses. You will learn how the patterns of failure in gateway courses is unevenly distributed across student populations, and how this impacts student learning, retention and social justice. We will explore what efforts are currently underway on your own campuses and contrast that with both institution-wide and discipline-specific interventions that are currently producing significant outcomes. Participants will leave with action steps, including how they might approach such an initiative on their own campus, who should be involved and what evidence must be systematically collected to make the case for curricular, co-curricular and pedagogic change.