Date: January 30-31, 2014
Facilitators Daryl G. Smith and Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen will lead this two-day workshop to support institutions in enhancing their student success efforts. The format blends brief presentations with interactive team exercises, inter-team discussions and individual team mentoring to engage each participant fully in the work. Participants will be guided through a series of topics and exercises that can be applied to their particular institutional context, culture and student population. There will also be lots of time for teams to work on their campus-specific projects. After registering, teams will be asked to submit information about the challenges they face, the strategies they are currently using, and the action plan they will focus on at the workshop. This will help teams to get the most benefit from the retreat and help mentors more effectively guide their work.
Registration fees: $485 per team member. Registration Deadline: January 9, 2014
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Network for Academic Renewal Conference
Date: February 27 — March 1, 2014
Location: Portland, Oregon
General Education and Assessment: Disruptions, Innovations, and Opportunities will examine how emerging disruptions in higher education are leading to positive opportunities for innovation in general education and assessment to improve the undergraduate experience for all students. Questions to be addressed include: How can the increasing movement toward online learning lead to more effective uses of technology for all students with special emphasis on high-quality multi-modal learning for post-traditional and underserved students? How can higher education move from monitoring seat time as a measure of achievement to assessing outcomes as measures of success, particularly as new modes of learning are taking students out of seats and into communities? How are institutions promoting collaboration across campus among faculty and other educational professionals to align quality improvement efforts, especially as campuses have grown more reliant on adjunct faculty and less reliant upon additional resources?
The meeting will explore how individual programs, campuses, consortia, and collaboratives have been working to create new opportunities for student learning throughout general education. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss innovations that go beyond a single program or campus, pedagogy or practice, and that show how tenure-track and contingent faculty, other educational professionals, community partners, and students are developing expanded paradigms for learning that matter for students, the workforce and communities both local and global.
Please join colleagues from across the country to re-envision new opportunities in general education and assessment through discussions about:
Date: April 23-25, 2014
Location: JW Marriott Hotel, LA Live, Los Angeles, CA
The 2014 WASC Academic Resource Conference (ARC) is dedicated to supporting insitutions of higher education as they identify their challenges, explore their alternative scenarios, demonstrate results and plan for a meaningful future. This year's conference focuses on outsider perspectives, what higher education can learn from them, and ways we might adapt current practices to respond to regional and national needs. Join us at the western region’s pre-eminent meeting place for vision, values, and networking as we explore questions, weigh options, and plan for the future.
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