The Intensive on the First-Year Seminar
Designing a seminar course to transform the beginning college experience
June 5-6, 2024
The First-Year Seminar is a time-tested strategy proven to significantly impact the success of new students. The Intensive on the First-Year Seminar is a two-day experience consisting of sessions designed to help you enhance an existing or develop a new first-year seminar. Led by national first-year seminar experts, the experience will focus on proven practices and policies associated with improved and more equitable first-year seminar success. The intensive will provide practical strategies aimed at improving the success and retention of first-year students through teaching and learning that occurs in the first-year seminar course. Whether you are starting from scratch, or refining a long-standing first-year seminar course, this experience is for you.
Designed in collaboration with Houston Community College and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.
Fee per participant:
Early Bird: $585, April 5th, 2024
May 27, or until sold out.
Registration fee includes, two breakfasts, two lunches, refreshment breaks, and conference materials.
Refund Policy: There will be no refunds given after April 1, 2024. All refunds will be subject to a 5% processing fee. Registration can be transferred to another participant before May 15th, no transfers will be allowed after that. Requests must be made in writing to email@example.com.
Betsy Barefoot was Co-Director for Research and Publications for the University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She has extensive university teaching experience at undergraduate and graduate levels. Her special area of expertise is the scholarship of efforts to improve the beginning college experience. She is widely published and is universally regarded as a leading scholar in her field.
She is also highly regarded for her editorial and management skills in the production of higher education publications. She has twenty-five years of experience working on issues of first-year student success at the national level.
Dr. Dan Friedman is the Assistant Vice President of University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience at the University of South Carolina. This is an integrated unit that focuses on helping students thrive through their transitions into, through, and out of the University. In his role with University 101 Programs, Dan provides leadership for six academic courses, including 350 sections of the nationally renowned first-year seminar taught by over 300 instructors and 300 peer leaders.
John Gardner is an educator, university professor, and administrator, non-profit organization founder, author, public speaker, consultant, public intellectual and thought leader, change agent, student retention specialist, first-year, sophomore, transfer, and senior year students’ advocate, and initiator and scholar of multiple undergraduate education reform movements. He serves as Founder and Executive Chair of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. The Institute was founded by John and his wife, Betsy O. Barefoot, in October 1999.
Dr. Koch is a child of immigrants who came to the United States in pursuit of a better life. His first language was not English, and postsecondary education was valued by his family as a means for realizing the American Dream. A recipient of need-based aid while in school, Koch is a staunch advocate for and leader of efforts that increase student access to and, ultimately, completion of postsecondary education. He has worked in and with higher education institutions for over 30 years. He has done so since 2010 at the Gardner Institute where he was named Chief Executive Officer in 2021.
Kimberly Koledoye is a professor and the program coordinator of the Academic Student Success/First Year Experience program at Houston Community College. During her tenure at HCCS, she has also served as the Program Coordinator and Discipline Chair of Integrated Reading and Writing and Guided Studies and Developmental Reading. Kimberly possesses over 20 years of experience working in academia. Her extensive teaching background in literacy, English, education, and student success spans both the K-12 and post-secondary arenas. She specializes in course design and has led development teams in creating courses for college success, Developmental English, Integrated Reading and Writing, and accelerated co-requisite models. Dr. Koledoye served as the president of the Texas Association of Developmental Education and was instrumental in launching accelerated remediation programs both statewide and at Houston Community College. She is passionate about student success, equity, instructional technologies, social justice, and providing professional development. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Education Administration, a Graduate Certificate in Rhetoric and Composition, and a Doctorate of Higher Education Executive Leadership. Her research examining college success, women in leadership, and underrepresented minorities in STEM has led to multiple scholarly presentations at numerous conferences including the Association for the Study of Higher Education, Achieving the Dream, First-Year Experience, National Conference on Acceleration in Developmental Education and the College Academic Support Programs conference. Her work can also be seen in several textbooks, blogs, websites, and scholarly publications. Dr. Koledoye is proud to have been awarded numerous accolades such as Claughton Middle School Teacher of the Year, Spring ISD first runner-up Teacher of the Year, Houston Area Alliance of Black School Educators Award Nominee, the HCC ASPIRE Award, and the HCCS Outstanding Faculty Award.
Sara Stein Koch‘s current work with the Institute involves advising in the various processes connected with institutional transformation to increase equitable student success. She advises institutions in Excellence in Academic Advising, Foundations of Excellence First-Year and Transfer, Gateways to Completion, and Retention Performance Management processes. She also coordinates the curriculum for the Symposiums. Sara was involved in the development of the Gateways to Completion process, the Excellence in Academic Advising Process, development and administration of the two year National Survey on Student Success practices, and strategic planning for the Institute.
Conference Location Information:
Asheville, North Carolina.
Asheville offers robust cultural offerings through its large array of independent businesses that serve up an eclectic mix of food, art, tours, music, and goods all in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. The city caters to foodies and art lovers!
Embassy Suites – Beautiful Asheville Downtown – 192 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801
Asheville is served by both its own regional airport (AVL), 15 miles from the hotel, and by the nearby (about 50 miles) Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP). Airlines providing service directly into AVL are: Allegiant, American, Delta, Jet Blue, Sun Country, and United