Symposium on Transforming the Foundational Postsecondary Experience
Innovation And Design So Every Student Can Graduate
June 12-13, 2023
Doubletree- Biltmore Asheville, NC
Gain New Knowledge to Apply to your Work!
The symposium is in-person experience focused on gaining new knowledge that you can apply to your work immediately. Participants will join plenaries, concurrent sessions and have the option to select one of four deeper learning tracks, led by experts from the Gardner Institute.
Choose One Focus Track to impact Student Success at your institution:
Teaching and Learning – Gateway Course Experience™
This track is designed to support faculty and staff who teach or will be teaching gateway courses. Gateway courses, once termed barrier courses, are, by definition, often foundational (lower-division or developmental courses that serve as a pathway to credit-bearing courses); high risk (courses that yield higher rates of D, F, W, or Incomplete grades); and have high enrollments within, as well as across, sections (as defined by the institution) (Koch, 2017). Participants will be guided to apply what they learn in the track, as well as in the related concurrent sessions, to create a personal plan for course (re)design.
Want to “transform” how the foundations for undergraduate student success are laid?
Participants can expect to learn the concepts and practices that underpin a successfulfirst year comprehensive plan in higher education. They will also explore not only time-tested strategies but how those strategies can be adapted and implemented to meet the needs of today’s diverse student population. The participants will be guided to apply what they learn from the entire experience to create plans for action(s) that they will pursue at their own institutions.
Drawing on scholarship from the Gardner Institute’s recently published book, The Transfer Experience A Handbook for Creating a More Equitable and Successful Postsecondary System, as well as other national sources, track participants will deepen their understanding of ways to create and sustain transfer receptive cultures at their own institutions. The participants will be guided to apply what they learn from during the track, as well as the intentionally connected concurrent sessions, to create a set of plans for one or more innovative transfer transformation actions that they will pursue at their own institutions following the event.
Analytics, Assessment, and Evaluation
Participants in the Analytics, Assessment, and Evaluation track will gain an understanding of different methodologies to utilize data analytics and visualizations to create the environments that lead to more equitable student outcomes. We plan to engage with participants around use of IPEDS Data, Curricular Analytics, development of leading measures of student success, and other forms of innovative and immediately useful data practices in postsecondary systems.The participants will be guide to apply what they learn from this track, as well as the connected concurrent sessions, to create a set of plans for one or more data analytic transformative action(s) that they will pursue at their own institutions.
Early Bird Price (Ends March 31, 2023)- $545
Regular Price: $595
Room Rates – $149 a night. Book early to avoid disappointment.
Refund Policy: There will be no refunds given after April 15, 2023. All refunds will be subject to a 5% processing fee. Registration can be transferred to another participant before May 31st, no transfers will be allowed after that. Participants can switch tracks prior to April 15th pending availability, requests must be made in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.