The 2018 NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference

Student affairs professionals from all across the country gathered in Baltimore, MD last week for the 2018 NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference. Designed to promote student learning and success by strengthening assessment, improving educational quality, and developing intentional persistence programming, #APC18 was a place for those specializing in assessment to connect, and learn from those excelling in the field.

The Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community (AERKC) recognized Endicott College with the Innovation Award, and Ted Elling for his contributions to the field  with the AERKC Distinguished Service Award.

#APC18 Highlights

Dr. Tia Brown McNair, vice president of the office of diversity, equity & student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, kicked off the conference with her opening keynote "Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Advancing Assessment and Persistence."

After a busy day of pre-conferences and conference sessions, participants were able to get to know each other a little more as they took in the poster sessions at the reception. Those who chose to join the Dinner & Dialogue groups then left the hotel to explore Baltimore.

Stephanie Marken, chief methodologist at Gallup spoke about ____ in her morning plenary, “Consumer Reflections: U.S. Adults Reflect upon their Education Expectations, Decisions and Experiences,” cosponsored by the Center for First-generation Student Success.

Dr. Stephanie Gordon, vice president for professional development at NASPA helped to end the conference on a high note with her closing plenary “What’s Next? The Role of Student Affairs Assessment in the Completion Agenda.”

Thank you to the Assessment, Evaluation, and Research Knowledge Community, and to our conference sponsors, Skyfactor, Oohlala and Campus Labs for making this professional development event possible.