2014 National Conference Highlights

2014 National Conference

On April 23–25, 2014 the Yes We Must Coalition sponsored its first national conference “Fulfilling Our Responsibility: Higher Education for the New Student Majority.” One hundred and forty people attended and contributed to the success of the conference.

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Highlights from the Conference

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Keynote Speaker: Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, Syracuse University Download presentation pdf: Student Success Arises One Class at a Time

Panel Discussions

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Session I: Starting the Journey to Success  (download presentation pdf)

Above l-r: Ginger Rodriguez, English Faculty and Grant Writer, Calumet College of St. Joseph; Hilary Joy Virtanen, Assistant Professor of Finnish Studies and Coordinator of the Sisu Seminar, Finlandia University; Carol Sitterly, Dean for Academic Success, American International College;Jack Gregory, Dean of Students, Martin Methodist University; Kimberly Dunnavant, Director of Online Learning, Martin Methodist College; Jason Umfress, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, Coker College; Moderator: Mablene Krueger, Provost, Robert Morris University-Illinois

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Session II: YWM Presidents Discuss Mission, Money and Institutional Success

Above l-r: Moderator: *Gloria Nemerowicz, President, Yes We Must Coalition; Vincent Maniaci, American International College; Gary Dill, University of the Southwest; Andrew Sund, St. Augustine College; Gary Bonvillian, Thomas University; Ann McElaney-Johnson, Mount St. Mary’s College; David Fike, Marygrove College; Vinton Thompson, Metropolitan College of New York

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Session III: Students and Recent Alums

Above l-r: Moderator: Ann Landis, Executive Vice President and Provost, Thomas University; Claudia Alcantara ’14, St. Augustine College; Salvador Perez ’93, St. Augustine College; Michael D’Ambrosio ’10, Robert Morris University-Illinois; Cassandra Petrusevski ’11, Robert Morris University-Illinois; Ka’Ron Cooper ’15, Marygrove College; Spencer Richardson-Moore ’14, Marygrove College

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Session IV: Promising Practices in Teaching and Learning — Measuring and Strengthening Skills for College Success  (download presentation pdf)

Above l-r: Moderator: Nia Lane Chester, Research Associate, Yes We Must Coalition; Jeffrey Parsons, Director of Teaching and Technology Effectiveness, Lindsey Wilson College; Carolyn McClenny, Division Chair; Assistant Professor of Developmental Studies, Thomas University; Scott Yarbrough, Assistant to the Vice President for Compliance/Retention/Assessment and Chair, Department of English, Charleston Southern University; Jeana Abromeit, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies, Alverno College

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Session V: Promising Practices in Teaching and Learning—Intentional Learning Approaches in and beyond the Classroom  (download presentation pdf)

Above l-r: Gail Summer, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Ferrum College; Anthony Santamaria, Director of General Education and Chair of the Philosophy and Theology Program, College of Saint Elizabeth; Humphrey Crookendale, Dean, School for Public Affairs and Administration, Metropolitan College of New York; Bernadette Robert, _ Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Mount St. Mary’s College_; Moderator: Nia Lane Chester (not pictured), _Research Associate, Yes We Must__Coalition _

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Luncheon and National Policy Updates

Above l-r: Gary Bonvillian, President, Thomas University; Mary Wall, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education to the Secretary and Under Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education; Robert Kelchen, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, Seton Hall University, and Methodologist Consultant to _Washington Monthly ; Kim Cook, Executive Director, National College Access Network

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Session VI: Educational Funders Discuss Priorities and Partnering

Above l-r: Moderator: Gloria Nemerowicz, President, Yes We Must Coalition; Chera Reid, Program Officer, The Kresge Foundation; Sheri Ranis, Strategy Director, Lumina Foundation

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Session VII: Shifting the Culture and Practice of Academe  (download presentation pdf)

Above l-r: Judy Mansfield, Faculty, Mathematics, Heritage University; Mablene Krueger, Provost, Robert Morris University-Illinois; Summer Jackson, Director: Undergraduate Enrollment, Union College; Tara Knudson-Carl, Vice President for Student Development/​Special Assistant to the President, College of Saint Mary; Lee Maltby, Dean of Instruction, St. Augustine College; Moderator: Kathleen Ross, Director, Institute for Student Identity and Success and President Emerita, Heritage University

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Closing Remarks: Tom Mortenson (above left), Senior Scholar, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, and Independent Higher Education Policy Analyst
Above right: Joan Osterweil, Associate Member
Download presentation pdf:Demography 101: The Growing Low Income Population

Posters

More than 20 posters were presented illustrating specific practices to support the success of low-income students. Click here to link to list of posters.

In the News

Two articles about the conference appeared in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Colleges Share Strategies That Help Disadvantaged Students Succeed
By Katherine Mangan, April 24, 2014

White House Adviser Reassures Small Colleges About Ratings Plan
By Katherine Mangan, April 24, 2014

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