Fall Student Success Conference

Leadership for Student Success
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
8:30am - 5:00pm
Hulman Memorial Student Union

Breakout Session handouts found under each session description below

Schedule at-a-glance


8:30 - 9:00am Conference Check-in and Continental Breakfast - HMSU Gallery
8:30 - 5:00pm Poster Session: Goals 1-3 of the ISU Strategic Plan - HMSU Gallery
9:00 - 9:50am 50 Minute Breakout Session Block I - HMSU 307, 321, 407, 421
10:00 - 10:50am 50 Minute Breakout Session Block II - HMSU 307, 321, 407, 421
11:00 - 11:50am 50 Minute Breakout Session Block III - HMSU 307, 321, 407, 421
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch & Public Policy Panel Discussion - HMSU Dede I
1:30 - 2:00pm Dessert Break - HMSU Gallery
2:00 - 4:00pm Presentation Workshop: What the Best Students and Best Faculty Do HMSU Dede I (overflow Dede II)
4:00 - 5:00pm Attendee Reception - HMSU Dede III

9 - 9:50am Breakout Session Block I

Session 1
HMSU 307
Personality, Identity, and the African American Student Experience

Kandace Hinton, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership
Ryan Donlan, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

The session will engage faculty and staff on issues that underlie student achievement in the African American community, in part inspired by a Summer 2013 campus-wide book study on the works of Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu and Dr. Ruby Payne who have competing philosophies on how to meet the needs of students.

Handout:

Personality, Identity, and the African American Student Experience

Session 2
HMSU 321
Creating a Culture of Success Using MAP-Works

Lindsay Peck, Area Director, Department of Residential Life

The MAP-Works system not only provides significantly relevant information about freshmen, but also provides tools to address student issues and barriers to success. The purpose of this session is to briefly describe the MAP-Works system, to define the ways in which the system is used on ISU’s campus, and to engage in discussion surrounding the Fall 2013 data and its implications for informing practice throughout the institution.

Handouts:

Creating a Culture of Success Using MAP-Works
Survey //MAP-Works: Fall Transition
Faculty/Staff Conversation Guide: Using MAP-Works Factors as a basis for outreach to students


Session 3
HMSU 407
Student Perspectives on Teaching Techniques

Logan Valentine, President, Student Government Association
Panel of Students

This session will involve a diverse panel of students speaking to their observations of classroom teaching and learning. They will speak of both good and frustrating experiences that they have experienced. The students will also reflect on their own perceived learning styles in relation to the instructional approaches experienced in the classroom and engage the audience in a conversation about teaching and learning at ISU.

Handout:

Student Perspectives on Teaching Techniques


Session 4
HMSU 421
The 3R’s of Loan Indebtedness at ISU: Red Tape, Repayment, and Reciprocity

Crystal Baker, Director, Office of Student Financial Aid

This session attempts to debunk the mystery of student loans, from application to disbursement to repayment, and how the institution is a critical component of the student loan cycle. Follow the cash flow from start to finish, and see how the relationship between borrower, lender, and institution is mutually impactful.

Handout:

The 3 R's of Loan Indebtedness at ISU: Red Teape, Repayment, and Reciprocity

10 - 10:50am Breakout Session Block II

Session 5
HMSU 307
LEAP: Assisting High-Risk Students in the Transition from High School to College

Roberta Allen, Director, Center for Student Success & LEAP Coordinator
Jim Pond, Assistant LEAP Coordinator

This session will provide an overview to ISU’s summer bridge program called LEAP and the goals and processes that facilitate the re-invention process for students that struggled academically in high school. Attendees will learn insights on how to support under-prepared and sometimes less motivated students to reach their potential and achieve academic success.

Handout:

LEAP: Assisting High-Risk Students in the Transition from High School to College

Session 6
HMSU 321
Love it? Hate it? Freshmen Perspectives on College Life at ISU: A Content Analysis of Qualitative MAP-Works Data

Tina Kruger, Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences
Kathryn Berlin, Assistant Professor, Applied Health Sciences

Among the questions posed in the freshmen MAP-Works survey, two open-ended questions ask, "What do you like most about college?" and "What do you like least about college?" In this workshop, we present responses to both open-ended questions but focus specifically on the successes mentioned by students (i.e., the "what works" responses). In addition, we will present suggestions for improving student success based on this qualitative data.

Handout:

Love it? Hate it? Freshmen's perspective on college life at ISU: A content analysis of qualitative MAP-Works data

Session 7
HMSU 407
ISU’s Climate for Diversity: Results of 2013 Diverse Learning Environments Study

Chris Childs, Research Analyst, Office of Student Success
Elonda Ervin, University Diversity Officer

This session will present the results of a diversity climate study of ISU students conducted in the Spring of 2013 and sponsored by the Council on Diversity. The findings will be discussed and benchmarked with other institutions that used this nationally normed instrument this past year while also comparing our results with the findings from the last comprehensive study done among the ISU student body in 1995. The audience will be invited to reflect upon the implications for the learning environment at ISU.

Handout:

ISU's Climate for Diversity: Results of 2013 Diverse Learning Environments Study

Session 8
HMSU 421
NSSE 2013 – Overview of Results

Joshua Powers, Associate Vice President for Student Success
Jerre Cline, Reporting Analyst, Office of Institutional Research

In Spring 2013, ISU freshmen and seniors completed the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), an instrument deployed every three years at ISU to assess the kinds of activities in which students engage that research shows is linked to positive student outcomes. This session will provide an overview to the NSSE and our results, followed by a discussion of its meaning and how the data might be optimally used to inform policy and practice.

Handouts:

NSSE 2013 - Overview of Results
From Benchmarks to Engagement Indicators and High-Impact Properties
NSSE 2013 Snapshot--Indiana State University

11 - 11:50am Breakout Session Block III

Session 9
HMSU 307
On How to Reach Them to Teach Them

Beth Whitaker, Interim Director, Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence

Connecting with students in the classroom is a critical element for building a strong learning environment. This session will focus on ways in which faculty might establish strong connections with students through teaching style approaches as well as through the use of some unique tools that facilitate student engagement. The session is also an opportunity for attendees to share ideas that have worked effectively for them.

Handouts:

On How to Reach Them to Teach Them
You Have to Reach Them to Teach Them

Session 10
HMSU 321
Helping Sycamores Grow Strong Roots: Using Mattering to Anchor Freshmen

Catherine Tucker, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Abby Wolfe, Graduate Student, Clinical Mental Health Counseling

In this session, we will define the construct of mattering, how people know they do or don’t matter, and why it’s important to student retention. We will discuss how students internalize relational patterns from different settings they encounter and how positive or negative relational expectations can impact learning. Participants will learn about concrete ways to encourage mattering in their teaching practice.

Handouts:

Sycamore Retention: Helping Students Root Themselves at ISU

Session 11
HMSU 407
Beyond Retention Rates: Perspectives on Persistence

Linda Ferguson, Associate Director, Office of Institutional Research
Patty McClintock, Director, Office of Institutional Research

Beyond traditional retention and graduation rate reporting, data has been gathered and analyzed to gain additional insight into the persistence issue. The results of three studies will be presented. The first is a study of entering student academic preparation and course load impact on student success. The second is a study of student transfer behavior out of ISU to other institutions. The third is a study of college completers and their characteristics. The results are designed to stimulate audience discussion of implications and opportunities.

Handouts:

Beyond Retention Rates: Perspectives on Persistence

Session 12
HMSU 421
Student vs. Faculty Perception on Student Engagement: ISU NSSE & FSSE Result 2013

Dan Clark, Associate Professor, History
Ruth Cain, ISU Assessment Coordinator

This presentation will discuss key findings from the 2013 National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) as well as its counterpart, the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE). The session will focus on areas of perceived weakness and strength on such issues as whether students feel that ISU professors sufficiently challenge them academically or how students perceive the quality of faculty interactions vis-à-vis findings at peer institutions.

Handout:

Student vs Faculty Perception on Student Engagement: ISU NSSE & FSSE Result 2013

12 - 1:30pm Lunch & Public Policy Panel Discussion:
Student Success and the Future of Higher Education
HMSU Dede I

This panel of public policy makers and experts will discuss the student success related issues and challenges that confront higher education and their impact on colleges and universities. They will discuss topics at the state and national levels, as well as within the accreditation communities.

Dennis Bland Dennis Bland is a member of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. He is also President of the Center for Leadership Development in Indianapolis, Indiana, that focuses on the development of youth leadership within the African American community.
Rhonda Rhoads Rhonda Rhoads is the Vice-Chair of the House Education Committee in the Indiana Legislature. A retired school teacher, Rhonda is also an alum of Indiana State University. She resides in Corydon, Indiana.
Gloria Rogers Gloria Rogers is a senior consultant to the Higher Learning Commission, one of the six regional accrediting organizations in the United States. Her current work focuses on issues of assessment as it relates to student persistence and completion.

Moderator: Greg Goode

Greg Goode Greg Goode serves as the ISU Executive Director of Government Relations. In this role, Greg serves as the liaison with state, local and federal government officials to garner financial and programmatic support for the University. Greg also serves as an advisor to the president on policy development and has major responsibilities related to the biennial budget process.

1:30 - 2:00pm Dessert Break - HMSU Gallery

The student related initiatives associated with the ISU Strategic Plan (Goals 1-3) will have poster displays describing the projects, assessment of progress, and plans for 2013-14 in the Gallery. These are open for browsing throughout the conference.

2:00 - 4:00pm Presentation and Workshop:
What the Best Students and Best Faculty Do
HMSU Dede I (overflow Dede II)

Dr. Ken Bain Dr. Ken Bain is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of History and Urban Education at the University of the District of Columbia. He has been the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University. Dr. Bain is internationally recognized for his insights into teaching and learning and for a 15-year study of what the best educators do.

The Ken Bain event is cosponsored with the Student Government Association and the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence. Students are also invited to attend this session.

4:00 - 5:00pm Attendee Reception - HMSU Dede III

With deep appreciation to the many faculty, staff, and students who helped to make this first Student Success Conference possible.