Thursday, February 14th: 8:45 – 10:15 am – Opening Session – Mt. Hood Ballroom
Becoming a Student Ready College
Dr. Susan Albertine is a senior scholar and former vice president at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U). She is a literary historian, poet/lyricist, and higher education leader with extensive experience in teaching and research. She has led institutions both as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences and as a vice provost. A multidisciplinary scholar, she writes about American literature, public/global health, and general education. Dr. Albertine recently co-authored, Becoming a Student-Ready College, which will form the basis for much of her interactive presentation. Drawing on the theory that we are all educators, Dr. Albertine will guide us through what it means to be a student-ready college. She will actively engage participants as they explore and understand their unique role and the institutional intersectionalities that hold the power to meaningfully support student success in a holistic way. She will also use the power of the spoken word and poetry to illuminate student success through creative expression.
Friday, February 15th: 8:30 – 9:30 am – Plenary – Mt. Hood Ballroom
Panel hosted by Nick Mathern, Gateway to College National Network
Straight from the Source: Candid Conversations about Creating Student-Ready Institutions
In this discussion with first-generation community college students and the staff members that serve them, we will explore the innovative efforts that make a difference in students’ ability to enroll and persist at college. From recruiting under-represented populations to providing personalized and culturally-specific services, panelists will share their first-hand experiences of learning how to create and succeed in student-ready institutions. Hear from students as they share what experiences increased their sense of belonging and what barriers remain. And, listen to staff share their lessons learned about what worked, what didn’t, and what comes next.