PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: SAVE THE DATE – Midwest First-Year Conference on 9/25/15

Educators committed to student success are continuously looking for ways to improve the college experience. What can we do to better engage students’ curiosity and interest in learning? How can we make choices for academic programs and student services that increase students’ chances for success? What factors matter most in planning for the success of new students?

The keynote speaker, Vincent Tinto, is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. His most recent book, Completing College,also published by The University of Chicago Press, lays out a framework for institutional action for student success, describes the range of programs that have been effective in enhancing student success, and the types of policies institutions should follow to successfully implement programs in ways that endure and scale-up over time.

This regional one-day drive-in conference provides a forum for academic and student affair professionals to share ideas, resources, and engaging pedagogy to enhance their instruction of first-year students. For more information, visit http://www.mfyc.org. The conference will be held at Waubonsee Community College.

If you have questions about the upcoming drive-in conference on September 25, please contact Joy Sanders, Conference Planning Chair at 630-466-2938.