Registration Available for ASA Fall Virtual Conference: October 26-28, 2022

ASA Fall Virtual Conference

October 26-28, 2022

Please join us for this year’s Academic and Student Affairs Fall Conference, which will focus on Minnesota State Guided Learning Pathways (GLP), our board-endorsed student success framework. Rather than hosting a traditional conference, we are planning focused time together that will provide time for engaging in a shared learning experience with colleagues from your college or university, as well as the opportunity to learn from other colleges and universities. We hope that will result in action-oriented strategies for implementation in two key areas of our guided learning pathways framework: holistic advising and comprehensive student support; and comprehensive orientation and first-year experience.

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bridget Burns

We are thrilled to host two keynote speakers to inspire and support your work. Our first keynote speaker is Dr. Bridget Burns, CEO of the University Innovation Alliance (UIA). Named one of the “16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Burns has helped the UIA campuses increase their low-income graduates by 46%, and increase graduates of color by 85% since 2014. Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, 60 Minutes, and was featured in the documentary “Unlikely.”

Dr. Melinda Anderson

Our second keynote speaker is Dr. Melinda Anderson, Executive Director of the Global Community for Academic Advising (NACADA). Prior to her recent leadership role at NACADA, she served as the Interim Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina. Previously, she served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, Director of Pre-Health and Pre-Law Advising at Virginia Commonwealth University, and Associate Director of Academic Advising at the College of William and Mary.


In addition to our keynotes, Dr. Sean Bridgen and Dr. Karen Sullivan-Vance from NACADA will lead three workshops:

  • How Understanding the Change Process Helps Support Advisors
  • Optimizing Advising for Student Success
  • Leading the Charge to Develop an Assessment Plan for Academic Advising


While not required, we encourage you to convene teams or use your existing student success teams to work collaboratively during the conference to reconnect or continue building strategies around Guided Learning Pathways.

Given this approach, we encourage you to invite the following campus roles to participate in this conference:

  • Senior Academic Officers
  • Senior Student Affairs Officers
  • Enrollment Management Professionals
  • Academic Deans
  • Faculty
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion staff
  • Academic Advising staff
  • Career Services staff
  • Orientation/First-Year Experience staff
  • Others you believe would be benefit from and contribute to this collaborative effort


For more information related to the conference and to register, please visit the ASA Fall Conference SharePoint site. Please register by Friday, October 21, so that we can plan the sessions accordingly.

We are excited to reimagine the fall conference in order to develop and scale strategies for Guided Learning Pathways to achieve our Equity 2030 goals.


Contact Nate Hallanger.

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