Developmental Education and Student Success Conference – February 15-16, 2012
Campus teams across our system will be convening at the Hilton Garden Inn in St. Paul City Center on February 15-16, 2012. February 15, 2012 will be a half day conference which will focus on improving developmental education effectiveness both at an institution level and systemwide. It will continue to build upon efforts from the previous two years, the Promising Practices for Student Success Conference from 2011 and the plenary session for Building Student Success from 2010 to promote efforts to scale promising high-impact practices.
February 16, 2012 will be a daylong conference focusing on scaling promising practices to promote student success. These practices include using data to drive decisions, first year experience programs, supplemental instruction models, learning communities, service learning and undergraduate research. The venue will feature a keynote address by Jillian Kinzie on the research around high-impact practices for student success. Jillian Kinzie is the associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the NSSE Institute through Indiana University. Her expertise is in understanding how institutions use student engagement data and other assessment results to inform improvement efforts in undergraduate education; difference in student engagement by gender, race-ethnicity, and first generation status; and assessing the impact of programs and practices designed to support student success. The professional development opportunities align with the Strategic Framework priority of dramatically increasing student success including: retention, transfer and degree completion.