Education for the New Student Majority: Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018
Omni Austin Hotel at Southpark, Austin, Texas

This Yes We Must Coalition National Conference will bring together post-secondary faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as other advocates for equity in higher education, to share strategies for successfully implementing change to increase college-degree attainment for low-income and other underrepresented students. We have a special interest in cross-institutional collaborations for scalable change.

What is working to improve the results for students from low-income backgrounds? Share and learn about the evidence-based strategies and policies that are making a difference in recruitment, enrollment, persistence, and completion.

CONFERENCE SPONSORS:

  • PLATINUM LEVEL SPONSOR
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • GOLD LEVEL SPONSORS
  • Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation
  • The Kresge Foundation
  • The Teagle Foundation
  • BRONZE LEVEL SPONSORS
  • College Possible
  • Greater Texas Foundation

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Yes We Must Coalition National Conference
Education for the New Student Majority:
Collaborations, Innovations and Strategies for Completion

October 24–26, 2018 · Austin, TX

PRELIMINARY SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 24

11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration
12:00 noon – 5:00 pm
YWMC Collaborative Projects Pre-Conference Meetings
12:00 – 1:00 pm: Teagle Liberal Arts and the Professions
1:00 – 2:00 pm: NSF S-STEM
2:00 – 3:00 pm: *Student Exchange Program
2:00 – 3:00 pm: *Curricular Pathways Community of Practice
3:00 – 4:00 pm: *The Wheel: YWMC Online Consortium
4:00 – 5:00 pm: YWMC Research Fellows Partnership Program
*Open to all Yes We Must member conference attendees
5:00 – 5:45 pm
Opening Reception and Welcome
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Opening Keynote Speaker and Dinner
IDENTIFYING BARRIERS FOR STUDENT SUCCESS: ACTING WITH INTENTIONALITY
Wil del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, The Education Trust
Introduced by Quint Thurman, President, University of the Southwest

Thursday, October 25

7:00 am
Ongoing Registration
7:30 – 8:45 am
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS AND BREAKFAST

1. NEAR-PEER MENTORING FOR STUDENT SUCCESS
Catherine Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer and Program Director, Student Success Initiatives, Augsburg College
Kendra Krolik, Senior Director and General Manager, Catalyze, College Possible

2. THE WORK COLLEGE MODEL
Chris Dowdy, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Paul Quinn College
Nithya Govindasamy, Dean of the Work Program, Paul Quinn College

3. INNOVATIONS IN EXPERIENCE-BASED LEARNING
Paul Gaszak, Dean of Academic Engagement, Robert Morris University Illinois

4. THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA ON STUDENT SUCCESS
Karen Gross, Senior Counsel, Finn Partners, Former President of University of Southern Vermont

5. CAREER DECISION-MAKING IN FIRST-SEMESTER BUSINESS
STUDENTS: FOCUS 2 RESULTS ANALYSIS, REFLECTION
AND SELF-KNOWLEDGE

Wendy Hahn, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, College of Saint Elizabeth
Regina Riccioni, Chair of the Business and Health Administration Department and Director of the Graduate Programs in that Department, College of Saint Elizabeth

6. NUDGING THEM ALONG — USING GROUPME MESSAGES TO
PROMOTE ASSIGNMENT COMPLETION

Carolyn McClenny, Associate Professor of Education, Thomas University

7. GENERAL EDUCATION REVISION: THE NEVER-ENDING JOURNEY
Ginger Rodriquez, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Calumet College of St. Joseph

8. STREAMLINING CURRICULUM PATHWAYS
Judy Cheatham, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Tilokie Depoo, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, School for Business, Metropolitan College of New York
Anthony Santamaria, Professor and Dean Arts and Sciences, College of Saint Elizabeth

9. INSTITUTIONAL APPROACHES TO DEVELOPMENTAL EDUCATION
Mary Williams, Director, Panther STEPS, Associate Professor of Sociology, Claflin University

10. YWMC RESEARCH FELLOWS PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM
Winona Wynn, Associate Professor, Arts and Sciences, Heritage University
9:00 – 10:15 am
Plenary Session
TRENDS IN POSTSECONDARY DATA POLICY AND INSTITUTIONAL DATA USE
Mamie Voight, Vice President of Policy Research Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)
Introduced by Kathleen Ross, President Emerita, Heritage University
 
For those wishing to attend a Track of Panel Presentations, use the following color code to select:

Enrollment and First-Year Strategies
Strategies To Create Sustainability
Reframing the Curriculum
10:30 – 11:45 am
Panel Session A

BRIDGE PROGRAMS

Moderated by Kimberly Gaiters-Fields, Dean of Academic Affairs, Ferrum College

BREAKING DOWN SILOS:  CREATING A COLLABORATIVE
SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR AT-RISK STUDENTS

Rebecca Rose, Student Success Advisor, Keuka College
Lisa Thompson, Director, Higher Education Opportunity Program, Keuka College

BRIDGE PROGRAMS FOR THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF FIRST-YEAR STUDENT-ATHLETES
Sandra Schroer, Professor of Sociology, Muskingum University

THE INSPIRE ÉXITO WEEKEND PROGRAM:  INSPIRING
SUCCESS AMONG LATINO/A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
IN APPALACHIA

María Zalduondo, Associate Professor of Languages and Director, Global Education, Bluefield College

ADDRESSING BASIC NEEDS

Moderated by Nia Chester, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition

MAKING EQUITY REAL: CHANGES THAT IMPACT STUDENT SUCCESS
Catherine Bishop, Chief Student Success Officer and Program Director, Student Success Initiatives, Augsburg University

ADDRESSING FOOD AND HOUSING NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME STUDENTS
Eleanor Armstrong, Associate Dean and Student Success Center Coordinator, Holy Names University
Christopher Chu, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Student Success and Retention Coordinator, Holy Names University

THE COKER CUPBOARD: ADDRESSING FOOD INSECURITY
Evan Vaughn, Director of Residence Life, Coker College

PATHWAYS

Moderated by Kathleen Suhajda, Vice President for Academic Administration, Robert Morris University Illinois

STUDENT-CENTERED APPROACH TO LEARNING
Joanne Ardovini, Interim Dean, Audrey Cohen School for Human Services & Education, Program Director of Human Services and Common Curriculum, Professor of Social Science, Metropolitan College of New York
Tilokie Depoo, Chief Academic Officer and Dean, School for Business, Metropolitan College of New York

INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES PROGRAM: AN INDIVIDUALIZED APPROACH TO STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND CAREER PREPARATION
Julia Klimek, Professor of English, Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program, Coker College

THE CAROLINA CLUSTER: A CAREER PATHWAYS INITIATIVE
Mary Williams, Director of Panther STEPS QEP/Associate Professor of Sociology, Claflin University
12:00 – 1:15pm
Lunch and Plenary Session
STOP TWEAKING AROUND THE EDGES
Dennis Littky, President, College Unbound
Introduced by Joanne Ardovini, Dean, Audrey Cohen School for Human Services & Education, Metropolitan College of New York
1:30 – 2:30pm
Plenary Session
MATH PATHWAYS: FROM SCALING PILOTS TO CHANGE AT SCALE
Uri Treisman, Executive Director, Charles A. Dana Center, University of Texas at Austin
Introduced by Jac Cole, Professor of Mathematics and Chair, Division of Math and Science, Martin Methodist College
3:00 – 4:15 pm
Panel Session B
FIRST-YEAR PROGRAMS

Moderated by Mary Williams, Director of Panther STEPS QEP/Associate Professor of Sociology, Claflin University

ENTRY TO EXCELLENCE
Eleanor Armstrong, Associate Dean and Student Success Center Coordinator, Holy Names University
Christopher Chu, Assistant Director of Student Affairs and Student Success and Retention Coordinator, Holy Names University

REDEFINING FIRST-YEAR SKILLS: A COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO INCREASING STUDENT PERSISTENCE
Chloe Bland, Assistant Professor of Psychology, College of Saint Elizabeth
Kathleen Hunter, Professor of English, and former Dean of Culture and Humanities, College of Saint Elizabeth

PASSPORT TO SUCCESS
Carrie Hutton, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Director, Integrated Studies Program, Calumet College of St. Joseph

FACULTY CONNECTIVITY AND INCLUSION

Moderated by Tracy Parkinson, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Special Assistant to the President, Coker College

FACULTY SELECTION AND TRAINING FOR THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE AND BEYOND
Ann Bresingham, Vice President for Human Resources, Robert Morris University Illinois
Paul Gaszak, Dean of Academic Engagement, Robert Morris University Illinois
Mablene Krueger, President, Robert Morris University Illinois
Kathleen Suhajda, Vice President for Academic Administration, Robert Morris University Illinois

ACADEMIC SUPPORT

Moderated by Jac Cole, Professor of Mathematics, and Chair, Division of Math and Science, Martin Methodist College

EMBEDDING WRITING AND RESEARCH TUTORS: A CROSS-CAMPUS COLLABORATION FOR FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS
Maggie Epstein, Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Olaf College

QUIZFOLIO: A CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE INNOVATION TO FOSTER STUDENTS’ SUCCESS IN THE PROCESS OF INQUIRY
Robert Kao, Assistant Professor of Biology, Heritage University

A CO-REQUISITE APPROACH TO SUPPORTING THE LEARNING NEEDS OF UNDER-PREPARED STUDENTS
Carolyn McClenny, Associate Professor of Education, Thomas University
4:30 – 5:00 pm
Conversation with Uri Treisman for Math and Science Faculty
4:30 – 5:30 pm
YWMC Annual Business Meeting
(for presidents of institutional members or their representatives and Associate members only)
4:30 – 6:00 pm
Reception
6:15 – 8:00 pm
By-Invitation Strategy Dinner with Funders for YWMC Members (2 people per member institution). Others: dinner on your own.

Friday, October 26

7:30 – 8:45 am
Roundtable Discussions and Breakfast

1. DATA FOR DECISION-MAKING
William Boffi, Consultant, Yes We Must Coalition, and Vice President for Enrollment, Nichols College

2. SUPPORTING RURAL STUDENTS
Judy Cheatham, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Martin Methodist College
Mark LaBranche, President, Martin Methodist College

3. STUDENT INPUT AND INSTITUTIONAL CHANGE: RESULTS FROM YWMC FOCUS GROUPS
Nia Chester, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition
Shelley Szalay, Associate Professor of Health Science, Muskingum University

4. EFFECTIVE RETENTION STRATEGIES FOR COLLEGES SERVING “AT-RISK” STUDENTS
John Dysart, President, The Dysart Group

5. HOW NEW BIOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES CAN BE DEPLOYED IN HIGHER EDUCATION TO PROMOTE STUDENT SUCCESS
Karen Gross, Senior Counsel, Finn Partners, Former President of University of Southern Vermont

6. THE WHEEL: A COLLABORATIVE ONLINE CONSORTIUM
Marshall Flowers, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Athletics, Bluefield College
Ann Landis, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition

7. STRATEGIC PLANNING TO FOSTER STUDENT SUCCESS: COLLABORATION AMONG THE OFFICES OF STUDENT SUCCESS, CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND THE REGISTRAR
Christopher Lovett, Registrar and Director of the Center for Student Success, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness, Mount Aloysius College

8. CHANGING THE SCHEDULE TO ACCOMPLISH MORE
Tracy Parkinson, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Special Assistant to the President, Coker College

9. DACA: SUPPORTING THE DREAMERS
Quint Thurman, President, University of the Southwest
9:00 – 10:30 am
Funders’ Panel:  FOUNDATION APPROACHES TO INTERVENING IN POVERTY
Scott Delassandro, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Sue McMillin, President & CEO, Greater Texas Foundation
William Moses, Managing Partner, Education Program, The Kresge Foundation
Loni Bordoloi Pazich, Program Director,
The Teagle Foundation
10:45 – 12:00 pm
Panel Session C

REDUCING ENROLLMENT BARRIERS

Moderated by Mablene Krueger, President, Robert Morris University Illinois

REDUCING BARRIERS: TUITION REDUCTION, ALTERNATIVE AID AND UNEXPECTED EXPENSES
Sarah Kottich, Executive Vice President of Operations and Planning, College of Saint Mary
Nate Neufind, Vice President for Strategic Marketing and Communications, College of Saint Mary

CREATING A TIMELY AND WIDE-REACHING PROCESS FOR TRANSFER OF CREDIT FOR STUDENTS
Christopher Lovett, Registrar and Director of the Center for Student Success, Coordinator of Institutional Effectiveness, Mount Aloysius College

AN NSF FUNDED COLLABORATION TO INCREASE PERSISTENCE IN STEM

Moderated by Quint Thurman, President, University of the Southwest

NSF STEM PROJECT: INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION TO RECRUIT, RETAIN AND GRADUATE LOW-INCOME STEM STUDENTS
Anthony Canger, Associate Professor of Biology, Mercy College
Joseph Flaherty, Professor of Biology, Director of Undergraduate Research, Coordinator of the Biology Education Program, Coker College
Jinnie Garrett, Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Professor of Biology, Ferrum College
Anthony Santamaria, Professor and Dean Dean of Arts and Sciences, College of Saint Elizabeth

A TEAGLE FOUNDATION FUNDED COLLABORATION TO INFUSE BUSINESS PROGRAMS WITH LIBERAL ARTS

Moderated by  Ann Landis, Program Manager, Yes We Must Coalition

CROSS-INSTITUTIONAL COLLABORATION TO INTEGRATE LIBERAL ARTS INTO BUSINESS PROGRAMS
Wendy Hahn, Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Business Program, College of Saint Elizabeth
Tracy Parkinson, Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Special Assistant to the President, Coker College
Gary Smith, Professor of Management, Keuka College
12:00 pm
Box Lunches/Informal Conversation

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