2014 NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference

June 19 – June 21, 2014
Hyatt Regency - San Antonio, Texas

The 2014 NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference is designed to promote student learning and success by strengthening assessment, improving educational quality, and developing intentional persistence programming.

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Institutional leadership must create an environment which builds capacity, as well as encourage an organizational culture that includes comprehensive assessment as part of strategic planning.  Similarly, institutional leaders have a unique role to play in providing an environment and education that encourages student persistence, especially for under-served, low-income, adult, part-time, and minority students. 

 The NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference has been designed to address these important issues in assessment and persistence, as well as to provide a forum for experienced professionals to advance their skills by discussing assessment and persistence with practitioners and policy-makers.

Attend this conference to:

  • Explore student learning in relation to institutional assessment and persistence practices
  • Build a culture of assessment on campus
  • Advance skills, build knowledge, and gain a depth of understanding in assessment practices
  • Facilitate student engagement and success through intentional persistence programming
  • Improve retention, persistence, and achievement for all students, especially minority, low-income, adult, part-time, and under-served students. 

Institutional Team Attendance

NASPA encourages institutional team attendance at this event.  By having a multidisciplinary team, colleges and universities increase the probability of successfully implementing improved assessment and persistence programs when they get back to campus.  The best assessment of student learning and outcomes requires collaboration from both academic and student affairs. The committee encourages campuses to send representatives from the following areas in order to allow for substantive conversations around how to create change on your campus:

  • Chief Student Affairs Officers
  • Student Affairs Educators
  • Provosts
  • Faculty Members
  • Academic Affairs Administrators
  • Educational Researchers
  • Institutional Researchers
  • Testing Officers
  • Assessment Professionals
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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • Chief Student Affairs Officer
  • Mid-Level
  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Faculty
  • New Professional

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Call for Programs

Conference Themes and Tracks

The conference planning committee is seeking proposals under both the assessment theme and the persistence theme. Presenters for both the assessment and persistence theme will be asked to identify the intended audience for their session; beginner, intermediate and advanced. Additionally, given the strong practical connection between assessment and persistence, the conference planning committee will select programs that demonstrate the integration of assessment and persistence for student learning and success.

Assessment Theme

The NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference has been designed to address emerging issues in assessment, provide the fundamentals to those who are new to the field as well as a forum for experienced assessment professionals to advance their skills by discussing assessment with practitioners, scholars, and policy-makers.  The conference planning committee will select programs that relate to the conference themes and that relate to persistence and retention.   

Persistence Theme

 The NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference has been designed to address current issues in student persistence in higher education and connect the assessment of student learning to persistence and completion.  The conference planning committee will select program proposals from various institutional types from community colleges to small colleges as well as large universities that provide institution-wide, proven interventions that connect student learning to persistence.  The committee also seeks to highlight programs that share persistence strategies for first generation, low-income, minority, adult, part-time, transfer, veteran and other often under-served students.  

Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Fundamentals of Assessment

    Effective assessment becomes easier to understand and manage when it is based on a solid foundation of knowledge.  Sessions in this theme provide"primer" sessions that teach basic concepts and provide a foundational understanding of outcomes assessment.  Sessions in this theme may include the following topics:

    • What is the philosophical purpose of assessment and common terms used in assessment practice?
    • How does one write institutional, departmental and activity level learning outcomes?         
    • What are the ethical, institutional, and political issues in assessment method implementation, analysis and reporting?
    • How does a student affairs division begin an assessment process?
    • What can be done to engage and train staff in quality assessment implementation?

  • Assessment Methods and Measurements

    Determining the mode or method appropriate for the assessment process depends on many factors: the purpose of the project and the intended use of the results; the relative importance and sensitivity of the learning experience being assessed; and the resources available. Proper implementation of the method chosen to measure an outcome is of vital importance.  The sessions in this learning theme should focus on the following topics:

    How do you create and design institution-specific surveys?

    How to use different methods to measure outcomes including:

    • Case studies
    • Reflection sessions
    • Portfolios
    • Interviews/Focus Groups
    • National Datasets / Institutional Research Data

    How to use different data analysis techniques, including:

    • Quantitative
    • Qualitative
    • Content Analysis
    • Rubrics

  • The Role of Data in Institutional Decision Making

    The assessment cycle far too often ends at the point of collection or analysis of data;  the purpose of the process is to make decisions based on data collected. The sessions in this learning theme are advanced concepts that will focus on the following topics:

    • How does data change decisions on policy, procedures and staffing?
    • How does the assessment process change the way faculty and student affairs educators document learning?
    • What are the best and most effective ways to develop, collect, analyze and act upon evidence of student learning?
    • How do faculty and student affairs administrators develop information about the achievement of learning outcomes? How it is communicated to internal and external stakeholders?

  • Institutional Persistence & Retention Initiatives, Financial Aid, & Enrollment Management

    This learning theme highlights institutional efforts to support persistence and student retention initiatives from a variety of institutional types to showcase specific, successful programs.  Session topics may include:

    • How do programs and services improve student retention/persistence? (e.g Orientation, First year and transfer students; Advising and Academic Support programs; Honors programs for high achieving students)
    • What early alert/early intervention programs have proven successful in student persistence?
    • How does strategic enrollment management affect or influence student persistence and completion?
    • How do faculty and student affairs educators provide engaging experiences for all students in order to improve persistence and completion?
    • What are the ethical, political and institutional challenges of managing a culture that encourages an institution-wide focus on persistence?

  • Persistence of Special Student Populations

    This learning theme highlights institutional efforts to support persistence and student retention initiatives for specific and diverse student populations including first generation, low-income, minority, adult, part-time, transfer, veteran and other often under-served students.  Session topics may include:

    • What programs/services have demonstrated improvement in persistence for diverse student populations?
    • What collaborations exist with athletics, Greek life, international students, or other special student populations?
    • How do collaborations between administrative functions support institution-wide persistence and completion efforts? (Examples might include TRIO, NCAA, Student-at-Risk programs and other administrative units.)
    • What programs or services are in place for assisting the completion rate for students with disabilities? 

  • Integrated Assessment, Persistence, and Retention Practices

    Higher education leaders must create an infrastructure that can support an integrated assessment and persistence practices. The session in this theme connect assessment and persistence in a variety of ways:

    • How have assessment efforts improved student learning, persistence and completion?
    • What are the best and most effective ways to develop, collect, analyze and act upon evidence of student learning and persistence?
    • How do educators document learning in the curriculum and co-curriculum?
    • How can assessment data be used to improve student retention and persistence?



Submission Timeline
  • November 13, 2013
    Call for Programs Opens
  • January 17, 2014
    Call for Program Reviewers Closes
  • February 10, 2014
    Call for Programs Closes
  • March 10, 2014
    Program Notifications Sent
  • March 17, 2014
    Program Confirmation Required
  • March 28, 2014
    Schedule Posted Online

Writing Tips

Looking for tips on writing an effective NASPA proposal? See sample submissions and formatting tips in our Program Submission Guidelines.

Questions?

Please contact NASPA if you have any further questions about submitting a program proposal for the 2014 NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference.

Lucy Fort
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: (202) 719-1171
Email: lfort@naspa.org

Schedule

Click here to download a PDF version of the schedule. PLEASE NOTE: This schedule is updated as of 5/30/2014 and is subject to change. 

Thu, Jun 19

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-conference Workshops
Details
Assessment Revolution: A How-To Guide for Jumpstarting a Culture Change
Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Details
A Persistence Focused Student Concerns System: A Next Generation Behavioral Intervention Team
Vince Diller, Assistant Dean of Students, Belmont University
Details
1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Kevin Kruger, President, NASPA
1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Opening Plenary Session
Using Assessment to Promote Student Development
Dr. Alexander W. Astin, Ph.D., Allan M. Carter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education , University of California, Los Angeles
Details
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Keeping Score: Establishing Meaningful Accountability in Student Center and Academic Affairs
Randall Brumfield, Director, Undergraduate Advising Center, University of Kansas
Details
How Can Student Affairs Professionals Support Working-Class Women to Achieve Degrees at Elite Institutions?
Jennifer O'Connor Duffy, Dissertaiton Chair Manager, Northcentral University
Details
Driving Student Success
Renee Delgado-Riley, Program Planning Officer, The University of New Mexico
Tim Schroeder, Director, STEM Gateway, The University of New Mexico
Carolina Aguirre, Director, STEM UP, The University of New Mexico
Vicky Morris-Dueer, Senior Institutional Researcher, The University of New Mexico
Rosa Cervantes, Director, El Centro de La Raza, The University of New Mexico
Kiran Katira, Director, Community Engagement Center, The University of New Mexico
Details
Towards a Socially Just View of Student Affairs Assessment
Daniel Newhart, Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation and Planning, Oregon State University
Sophie Tullier, Research Analyst, The Ohio State University
Details
More Than a Respondent: Engaging Students in Conducting Assessments
Paulina Abaunza, Associate Director, Student Resource Center, New York University
Sonia DeLuca Fernandez, Director, Research and Assessment for Student Affairs, New York University
Details
Using Rubrics to Assess Student Learning: A Tool for Student Affairs Professionals Too!
Emily Langdon, Coordinator, Assessment, Research, & Evaluation, University of California, Merced
Laura Martin, Coordinator, Institutional Assessment, University of California, Merced
Kristin Hlubik, Coordinator, Health Promotions, University of California, Merced
Hector Sambolin, Assistant Director, Bright Success Center, University of California, Merced
Details
Data Driven Decision-Making: Using Assessment Data to Support Persistence of Underrepresented Students
Marjorie Dorime-Williams, Director of Academic Assessment, Baruch College
Michael Williams, Doctoral Candidate/Graduate Research Associate, The Ohio State University
Details
Reframing Retention and Persistence as a University-wide Initiative
Tom Fritz, Engagement Director, Michigan State University
Details
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
CSAO Only Reception
Details
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Beyond Benchmarking and Satisfaction: Using NASPA Consortium Surveys to Examine Learning
Kristyn Muller, Apartment Coordinator, University at Albany
Details
Using Data to Increase Student Persistence
Kathleen Karran-McCoy, Student Services Manager, Palm Beach State College
Karline Prophete, Student Services Manager, Palm Beach State College
Penny McIsaac, Dean, Student Services, Palm Beach State College
Details
Promoting Learning and Persistence of URM Students in STEM through Dynamic Assessment Frameworks
Hannah Whang, Research Analyst, University of California Los Angeles
Brit Toven-Lindsey, Research Analyst, University of California, Los Angeles
Michael Soh, Research Analyst, University of California, Los Angeles
Casey Shapiro, Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of California, Los Angeles
Marc Levis-Fitzgerald, Director of Survey Research and Curriculum Assessment, University of California, Los Angeles
Details
Transformative Progressive and Intentional: Supporting the Persistence of Students of Color through Integrative Assessment Practices
Dametraus Jaggers, Associate Director for Retention and Student Engagement, Office of Multicultural Student Life, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Details
Study Simpler: A Holistic Approach to Study Skills Development
Mitchell Colver, Retention Specialist, Eastern Washington University
Details
Retention Coordinators: Unifying Academic and Student Affairs to Improve Student Outcomes
Derrick Bullock, Retention Coordinator, College of Professional Studies, Bowie State University
Nichole Mason, Retention Coordinator , College of Business, Bowie State University
Corey McKinney, Retention Coordinator, College of Arts and Sciences, Bowie State University
Jennifer Johnson, Retention Coordinator, College of Education, Bowie State University
Tamisha Jackson, Transition and Retention Specialist, Division of Student Affairs, Bowie State University
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Beyond The Classroom Matters: Structuring data to assess and improve student involvement
Pam Bowers, Associate Vice-President for Planning, Assessment and Innovation, University of South Carolina
Claire Robinson, Associate Director, Student Success Center, University of South Carolina
Amber Fallucca, Director of Assessment for University Housing, University of South Carolina
Elizabeth White-Hurst, Assessment Coordinator, Department of Student Life, University of South Carolina
Details
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Evening Panel Discussion
Creating Conditions for Diverse Students to Thrive
Edward Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, NASPA
Lester Manzano, Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs, Loyola University Chicago
Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Texas at San Antonio
Dr. Samuel D. Museus, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Denver
Details
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Opening Reception

Fri, Jun 20

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Conference Registration
7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
Details
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Roundtable Discussions
Learning Communities to Recruit and Retain Students in STEM Majors
Anu Gokhale, Professor, Illinois State University
Kenton Machina, Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University
Details
Student Crisis Intervention: Policies, Procedures, and Persistence
Vince Diller, Assistant Dean of Students at Belmont University
Details
Building the Bridge: Connecting Strategic Planning and Assessment
Tim Kresse, Director, Student Affairs Budget and Technology, Miami University
Gwen Fears, Associate Dean of Students, Miami University
Details
A Practical Guide to Training Student Staff to Assess Their Programs
Whitney Brown, Coordinator of Student Affairs Research, Assessment and Staff Development, University of Alaska Anchorage
Details
No Pain, No Gain: Moving from Learning Outcomes to Results
Wallace Southerland, Associate Dean of Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Details
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
NASPA Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community Award for Innovation Presentation
Morning Plenary Session
At the intersection: Improving Student Persistence through Effective Student Affairs Assessment
Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration, Texas A&M University
Details
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mini-Institutes
Beyond Demographics: Developing, Using, and Analyzing Surveys to Improve Persistence
Rishi Sriram, Assistant Professor and Graduate Program Director, Baylor University
Details
Student Assessment Driving School: Applying Student Affairs Assessment to Student Persistence
Dr. Luis Ponjuan, Associate Professor, Higher Education, Texas A&M University
Details
Assessment 2.0 – What’s Next?
D'Arcy Oaks, Associate Director for Assessment, and Evaluation, The Ohio State University
Mike Christakis, Assistant Vice President for Student Success, SUNY University at Albany
Ted Elling, Associate Vice Chancellor Student Affairs, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Darby Roberts, Director of Student Life Studies, Texas A&M University
Details
Using Partnerships and Case Strategies to Improve Co-Curricular Student Learning
Marguerite Bonous-Hammarth, Director of Assessment, Research and Evaluation for Student Affairs, University of California-Irvine
Lua Hancock, Assistant Provost for Student Success, Stetson University
Susan Platt, Director of Program Review and Assessment, California State University-Long Beach
Randall Brumfield, Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center, University of Kansas
Details
Toward a More Engaging Campus for All Students: Assessing and Transforming Institutional Environments to Maximize Success among Diverse Populations
Sam Museus, Associate Professor of Higher Education, University of Denver
Details
The Why, How, and Other Secrets of Conducting Successful Direct Assessments
Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment, University of Missouri–Kansas City and Stan Dura, Director, Student Affairs Assessment and Research University of Oregon
Details
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Conference Break (Lunch on Own)
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Intrusive Advising: The Holy Grail of At-Risk Student Retention?
J. Vincent Nix, Assistant Vice President of Instruction & Student Services, Dawson Community College
Details
What Story Tellers Know that Assessment Committees Can Learn
Rebecca Murray, Client Services Manager, EBI MAP-Works
Details
The Roles of Social and Academic Engagement and Perceptions of Belonging in a Model of Student Persistence
Jean Starobin, Associate Director of Administrative Services, University of Florida
Details
Assessing Sense of Community in Residence Halls
Yanmei Zhang, Coordinator Research Programs and Services, University of Florida
Kim Fugate-Roberts, Director, Academic Advising, Career, and Counseling Center, Santa Fe College
Diane Porter-Roberts, Director, Student Personnel in Higher Education Graduate Program, University of Florida
Details
Assessment is Your Friend:Developing a Divisional Assessment Plan and Culture
Marsha Jackson, Associate Vice President for Student Services, Erie Community College
Nathan Wallace, Assistant Project Coordinator, Erie Community College
Details
Zero to Sixty: Jumpstarting a Divisional Assessment Roadmap
Robert Snyder, Executive Director of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs, The George Washington University
Adam Bethke, Presidential Administrative Fellow, Division of Student Affairs, The George Washington University
Toby Davidow, Coordinator of Planning and Outreach, Division of Student Affairs, The George Washington University
Colby Moss, Area Coordinator, Center for Student Engagement, The George Washington University, Anne Scammon, Managing Director of Curricular and Strategic Initiatives, Center for Career Services, The George Washington University
Details
Measurement of First Generation College Student Success: Acknowledging Diversity, Shared Experience, and Intersectionality
Margot Saltonstall, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Assessment, Northern Arizona University
Details
Student Engagement and the Updated NSSE: Exploring Leadership, Learning Support, and Persistence Results
Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University
Details
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Methods and Instrumentation for Assessing Development in Student Employees
Timothy Salazar, Data Analyst, Texas A&M University
Susan Fox-Forrester, Assessment Coordinator, Texas A&M University
Christina Athas, Research Analyst, The Ohio State University
D’Arcy Oaks, Associate Director for Assessment and Evaluation, The Ohio State University
Details
Good to Great: Improving an Award-Winning Undergraduate Retention Program
Marcelo Vazquez, Associate Dean of Students, University of Nevada, Reno
Jennifer Lowman, Coordinator, Student Persistence Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Araceli Martinez, Assistant Director, The Center for Student Cultural Diversity, University of Nevada, Reno
Details
Effective Summer Bridge Programs: Assessment, Action, & Results
Tamara Johnson, Executive Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Northwestern University
Louie Lainez, Director, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, Northwestern University
Details
Better Together: Strategic Assessment Partnerships Between Academic and Student Affairs
Susan Platt, Director, Testing, Evaluation, & Assessment, Student Services, California State University, Long Beach
Sharlene Sayegh, Director, Program Review & Assessment Academic Affairs, California State University, Long Beach
Details
Hitting the Bull's Eye of Missing the Mark: Ensuring the Effectiveness of First-Year Courses
Jordan Humphrey, Associate Director for Civic Engagement, Adjunct Instructor, St. Mary's University
Timothy Bessler, Dean of Students, St. Mary’s University
Details
College Mental Health and Academic Success: Findings from The Healthy Minds Study
Blake Wagner III, Creative Director/Research Associate, University of Michigan
Daniel Eisenberg, Associate Professor, Director, University of Michigan
Details
Understanding the Impact of Social and Academic Integration on Multiracial Student Persistence
Ashley Spicer-Runnels, Leadership Institute Coordinator, Texas State University
Details
Shaping Student Persistence: First Year Retention Strategies Using a Predictive Indicator Model
Jason Meriwether, Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Indiana University Southwest
Amanda Stonecipher, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management & Student Affairs, Indiana University Southeast
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
The First Scholars Experience: A National Model for First-Generation Success
Wade Leuwerke, Associate Professor, Department Chair, Drake University
Tracie Lowe, Assistant Director, Campus Relations and Programming, The Suder Foundation
Details
Exploring Academic Resiliency: Theory, Study, & Practice
Rebecca Murray, Client Services Manager, EBI MAP-Works
Details
Enhancing Your Assessments Through the Use of Mixed Methods
S. Jeanne Horst, Assistant Professor and Assistant Assessment Specialist, James Madison University
Walter Ghant, Assistant Director of Community Service Learning, James Madison University
Devon Whetstone, Graduate Student, James Madison University
Details
All for One: Assessing a Single Student Learning Outcome Across a Division
Shannon Faris, Assistant Dean of Students for Research and Assessment, Loyola Marymount University
Details
Program Review in Years 1-5: The Benefits of Using and "Incubation" Model to Assess Growth, Impact, and Scalability
Rudy Jackson, Director, Co-curricular Assessment, Georgia Gwinnett College
Details
Exploring Provosts' Views of Campus-Wide Assessment: Generating Ideas for Student Affairs Educators Roles and Practice
Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University Bloomington
Details
Building a Culture of Assessment: How to Use it to Mitigate Risk and Increase Persistence and Retention
Ghenet Weldeslassie, Interim Assistant Director of College Housing, Stony Brook University
Gina Vanacore, Associate Director of Residential Program, Stony Brook University
Details
Sharing the Wealth: Developing a Platform for Successful Integration and Persistence for First-Generation/Low-Income Students
James Beattie, Assistant Director, Center for Student Engagement, University of Nevada, Reno
Sandra Rodriguez, Director, Center for Student Engagement, University of Nevada, Reno
Bill Thornton, Associate Professor, Educational Leadership, University of Nevada, Reno
Details
Don’t Want No Satisfaction: Assessing Learning in Student Affairs Programs with Rubrics
Jeremy Penn, Director, Student Affairs Assessment, North Dakota State University
Bunnie Johnson-Messelt, Director, Disability Services, North Dakota State University
Details
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Assessment as the Generation of Actionable Knowledge
John Hathcoat, Assistant Professor/Assistant Assessment Specialist, James Madison University
Jerusha Gerstner, Graduate Assistant, James Madison University
Details
A Model of Assessment Coaching: Next Steps
D’Arcy Oaks, Associate Director, The Ohio State University
Sophie Tullier, Research Analyst, The Ohio State University
Details
Driving Effective Change through the Departmental Review Process
Gwen Fears, Associate Dean of Students, Miami University
Christina Carrubba-Whetstine, Interim Director, Rinella Learning Center, Miami University
Tim Kresse, Director of Student Affairs Budget and Technology, Miami University
Details
"Story of a Student:" Advancements of a Holistic Student Database
Amber Fallucca, Director of Assessment, University Housing, University of South Carolina
Rebecca Goldstein, Graduate Assistant for Assessment, University Housing, University of South Carolina
Sean Sukys, Graduate Assistant for Assessment, University Housing, University of South Carolina
Details
Extended Orientation Program Persistence Rates: Texas A&M’s Ten-Year Longitudinal Assessment
Timothy Salazar, Data Analyst, Texas A&M University
Kelly Cox, Texas A&M University
Details
Creating Your SPA! The Evolution of a Student Affairs Strategic Planning and Assessment Team
Amanda Drum, Executive Director of Strategic Engagement Initiatives, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Details
Broadening Participation in Assessment Activities on Your Campus
Margot Saltonstall, Director of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Assessment, Northern Arizona University
Jared Hopkins, Research Analyst, Northern Arizona University
Details

Sat, Jun 21

7:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Conference Information
7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m – 8:15 a.m.
Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community Open Meeting
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Closing Plenary Session
Morning Plenary: It Takes Courage to Succeed
Dr. Belle Wheelan, President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Details
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Graduation Rate of Low Income Students - In One Year
John Laws, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Ivy Tech Community College
SeanMcCan, Accelerated Degree Program Coordinator, Ivy Tech Community College
Details
Mixed Methods Assessment: The Odd Couple or a Match Made in Heaven?
Jeremy Penn, Director, Student Affairs Assessment, North Dakota State University
Details
An Untapped Assessment Treasure: Using Focus Groups for Collecting Richer Data
Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Darby Roberts, Director of Student Life Studies, Texas A&M University
Dan Stroud, Graduate Assistant for Assessment, University of Missouri-Kansas City
Details
Creating Divisional and Departmental Level Learning Outcomes: One Institution’s Journey
Cindy Long Porter, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Quinnipiac University
Sean Kalagher, Associate Dean of Student Affairs, Quinnipiac University
Details
Invisible Population: Considering Ways to Help Formerly Incarcerated Students in Higher Education
Terrence McTier, Masters Student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Details
Success and Persistence Factors for Transfer Students of Color
Julie Law, Graduate Student, Azusa Pacific University
Details
iPeer: Commuter & Transfer Communication/Engagement Plan
Carol Galladian, Associate Director, Georgetown University
Details
Bringing Research and Policy into Assessment: an Organizational Philosophy
Anne McDaniel, Associate Director for Research and Data Management, The Ohio State University
Krystynse Savarese, Associate Director for Policy and Planning, The Ohio State University
D’Arcy Oaks, Associate Director for Assessment, and Evaluation, The Ohio State University
Details
10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions
Creating a Culture of Evidence for Adult-Learners in Student Affairs
Adam Green, Senior Director of the Division of Student Success & P-20 Initiatives,West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission
Katie Busby, Assistant Provost for Assessment and Institutional Research, Tulane University
Sarah Beasley, Director of Statewide Academic Initiatives, West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commmission
Details
Holistic Assessment: From Research to Application
Ross Markle, Senior Research & Assessment Advisor - Higher Education Division, Educational Testing Service
Renée Delgado-Riley, Program Planning Officer, University of New Mexico
Details
Living On-Campus and Student Learning: Steps to Developing a Housing Assessment Plan
Theresa Brown, Director of Student Affairs Research, University of Kansas
Chris Sowa, Assistant Director for Residence Life, University of Kansas
Jacque McKenna, Assistant Director for Residence Life in Student Housing, University of Kansas
Details
Student Affairs: Planting the Seed of Critical Thinking for FTIC Students
Barbara June Rodriguez, District Director, Quality Enhancement Plan, Broward College
Janice Stubbs, Dean, Student Affairs, Broward College
Details
Reflections on Student Involvement: A comprehensive co-curricular approach
Kelly Cox, Assistant Director, Texas A&M University
Timothy Salazar, Data Analyst, Texas A&M University
Details
Generating Post-Hoc Comparison Groups for Persistence Research
Jennifer Lowman,Coordinator, Student Persistence Research, University of Nevada, Reno
Details
Assessment and Accreditation: Making a Cogent Argument
Brandon Griggs, Dean of Student Affairs, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
Troy Courville, Assistant Vice President for Academic Enhancement and Institutional Effectiveness, Texas A&M University - Central Texas
Details
Developing Homegrown Assessments: Practical keys to success
Stan Dura, Director of Student Affairs Assessment and Research, University of Oregon
Details

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Assessment Revolution: A How-To Guide for Jumpstarting a Culture Change

Thursday, June 19th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Location: Rio Grande East

Presenter:
Nathan Lindsay, Assistant Vice Provost for Assessment, University of Missouri-Kansas City

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In response to accreditation standards, institutional mandates, and heightened student needs, many institutions are struggling to initiate best practices for assessment on their campus.  This pre-conference will feature the key elements needed for an assessment culture change, provide practice in the essential skill of writing good learning outcomes, and then highlight several data collection methods.  If you are seeking to develop a game plan for energizing or re-energizing your institution’s assessment initiatives, then this is the right session for you!

A Persistence Focused Student Concerns System: A Next Generation Behavioral Intervention Team

Thursday, June 19th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Location: Rio Grande West

Presenter:
Vince Diller, Assistant Dean of Students, Belmont University

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An innovative shift from a centralized “student at risk” intervention plan, to a University retention and persistence system highlighting high-touch, student centered advising and resourcing. This model’s architecture and philosophy provide a safe and efficient assessment of safety concerns and academic risk, then timely referral to the best relationship capable of assisting the student concern. This highly interactive workshop will review participating institutions’ and Belmont University’s experience in building retention and persistence programs and compare/contrast benefits of the presented model.

Registration

Registration as a member is based on individual membership status. If you are employed by a college or university that is an institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate. This gives you the conference registration and a year of membership for less than the non-member registration fee.  If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242 and then you can pay the individual member rate for conference registration.  Visit the Membership section of the NASPA website to learn about membership types.

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Registration Fees

Registration Type Early-Bird before 04/18/2014 Regular 04/19/2014 to 05/23/2014 Late after 05/23/2014
Full Registration
NASPA Member $410 $460 $535
Non-Member $610 $660 $735
NASPA Student Member $115 $170 $220
Pre-Conference Workshop $65 $85 $85

Questions?

Jennifer Vaseleck
Meeting Planner
Email: jvaseleck@naspa.org
Phone: (202) 719-1189

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Group Registration:
NASPA offers discounts for attendees registering in groups of two or more individuals. To apply for this discount please contact NASPA at office@naspa.org. Please include in the email your name, the conference you're registering for, your institution name, and how many individuals you're registering. Our membership department will contact you once they've received this information.

Purchase Orders: 
Purchase orders will NOT be accepted for registration. There is now a Bill Me option online if you need to submit paperwork to your accounting office to have a check cut for your registration payment. Please use that option when registering online.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds will be given for cancellations, received in writing by May 23, 2014, less a $50.00 processing fee. In addition, a processing fee of $50.00 per registration will be charged for credit cards declined.  We are unable to change payment methods after the initial payment is processed. With prior approval, anyone registered but who cannot attend may send a substitute. Substitution information must come in writing from the registered participant. The membership status of the substitute must be the same as the registrant in order to have the same registration fee applied. Additional charges may apply if the membership status is not the same. The conference may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, registration fees will be refunded; however, NASPA will not be responsible for additional costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines, hotels, and/or travel agencies.  NASPA is not responsible for weather-related travel delays or other issues in regard to personal travel and no refunds will be given due to these occurrences.

NOTE: All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing to refund@naspa.org. Due to our food and beverage requirements, no refunds will be granted after May 23, 2014.  Registration Questions? Contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail at events@naspa.org.

Speakers


  • Alexander W. Astin, Ph.D.

    Alexander W. Astin, Ph.D.

    Allan M. Cartter Professor Emeritus of Higher Education
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Speaker Bio

  • Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D.

    Luis Ponjuan, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration
    Texas A&M University

    Speaker Bio

  • Belle Wheelan, Ph.D.

    Belle Wheelan, Ph.D.

    President
    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

    Speaker Bio

Sponsors

Venue


Hyatt Regency San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

All conference activities will take place at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio.

  • Travel

    San Antonio is serviced by San Antonio International Airport (SAT). The Hyatt Regency is approximately 9 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Shuttles
    For more information on airport shuttles, please visit the Shuttle page of the SAT website.

    Taxi
    For more information on taxi service, including fares and location information, please visit the Taxi page of the SAT website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in San Antonio in June are around 90 degrees F during the day and in the low 70s at night. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel website for the most up-to-date weather information.

Additional Info

We hope that you will explore San Antonio, when not busy with the institute or if you arrive in the city before the program begins. There are plenty of things to do and see if you are a first-time visitor or even if you have been to San Antonio many times. The official tourism website for San Antonio is one of many online resources available to visitors.

Parking
The Hyatt Regency San Antonio has been able to provide discounted self-parking of $18 per night (regular $25 per night) for all NASPA attendees.  Currently, overnight valet parking with in and out privledges is $35 per night. 

Attire
The dress for NASPA events is business casual.

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