2017-06-19

2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference

May 31 – June 02, 2018
Hilton Columbus Downtown | Columbus, Ohio

The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will focus on how student affairs practitioners can develop effective approaches to support students who struggle to complete their degree.

This year, the 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will be co-located with the 2018 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being. As a registered participant for this conference, you will receive access to attend sessions for both programs.

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The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference will focus on how student affairs practitioners can develop effective approaches to support students who struggle to complete their degree. Further, the conference programs will elaborate on how to address factors woven into students’ experiences which may impact their success and completion, such as being a member of an underrepresented student population; being low income; first generation; living with a disability; DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status; experiencing homelessness or food insecurity; or work and family obligations.

Attend this conference to:

  • Expand knowledge about students who struggle to complete their degree and initiatives that seek to engage/re-engage students in their own persistence and retention;
  • Understand the various support systems and relationships required for persistence, retention, and degree completion of traditionally disenfranchised student populations;
  • Learn about economic barriers for low income students;
  • Recognize the role of technology in serving these student populations; and
  • Recognize mental and emotional stressors that may impede students from degree completion.

Check back often, as the website will change as programmatic details are confirmed. To view the last conference's proceedings, take a look at the website or the program book


Conference Benefits

The 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference is an incredible opportunity to engage with professionals within student affairs, academic advising and many other functional areas to discuss effective approaches to support students' degree attainment. In addition, being co-located with the 2018 Symposium on Collegiate Financial Well-Being provides registrants with a two-for-one conference experience.


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Audience

This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Graduate
  • Mid-Level
  • New Professional
  • Senior Level
  • Vice President for Student Affairs

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Call for Programs

The call for programs is now closed.

The Conference content advisory committee seeks proposals that effectively advance the understanding of closing the achievement gap for underrepresented and historically disenfranchised students. Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.

Presenters will be asked to identify the content level of their session; foundational, intermediate, or advanced. Additionally, the content advisory committee will select programs based upon their relationship to the Conference's learning outcomes.


Conference Themes & Suggested Topics

  • Expand knowledge about students who struggle to complete their degree and initiatives that seek to engage/re-engage students in their own persistence and retention:

    • How do student affairs professionals create and sustain cross-campus student success initiatives that are culturally relevant to students? What support models offer compelling results for acclimating students to college life (peer mentorship, etc.)
    • What are effective retention methods programs and technologies that have been implemented to retain students who the institution identifies as students of promise from departing the institution? How is the success of these programs and technologies being measured?
    • What initiatives exits or are being created to ascertain why students stop persisting or drop out? What interventions exist or are being created to effectively address those causes? How are institutions assisting student of promise in re-engaging with the campus if they have had to drop out?
    • How are parents or other caring adults engaged in the student retention and persistence process?

  • Understand the various support systems and relationships required for persistence, retention, and degree completion of traditionally disenfranchised student populations:

    • What pre-college and transition programs are most effective in preparing students for success in college? What relationships with postsecondary institutions are necessary to facilitate degree attainment? How is success in these programs measured?
    • With research suggesting most first generation student attend institutions within 100 miles of home, what approaches can institutions take to recruit local students? What tactics are institutions using to engage and support the families of students?
    • What training and supporting measures can colleges and universities use to best work with undocumented students, DREAMers, and DACA stats students?
    • How do colleges and universities eliminate barrier for non-traditional students including students who wish to re-enroll after separation, transfer students or veterans to a higher education environment?
    • How do colleges and universities facilitate opportunities for equitable access and resources for students with disabilities?
    • What support models are effective at retention and persistence of first generation, men of color and other underserved student populations?

  • Learn about economic barriers for low income students:

    • How do student affairs professionals, particularly those in enrollment management, train staff and support students in understanding the financial responsibility of college (cost of attendance, financial responsibility post-graduation, and financial crises)?
    • How do student affairs professional help student stay engaged while working part-or full-time to meet their financial basic needs?
    • How are student affairs professionals and institutions assisting students who are experiencing economic crisis?
    • What tactics are career counselors and academic advisors using to support students' post-graduation success? (Efforts to support job attainment etc.) How do such efforts differ for students who are at-risk of not completing college?

  • Recognize the role of technology in serving these student populations:

    • How can the development of online engagement and support strategies be applied to the retention and persistence of students of promise?
    • What are "high-tech, high-touch" intervention measures that can create an efficient approach to increase student achievement?
    • How are technologies utilized to measure engagement, learning outcomes, program assessment, and student persistence? How can this data be leveraged to support future initiatives?
    • How do student affairs and academic affairs engage with information technology to coordinate technologies and resources?

  • Recognize mental and emotional stressors that may impede students from degree completion:

    • What health and wellness efforts do campuses offer to help any student wit personal care (such as getting adequate sleep, managing stress levels, and healthy eating)?
    • What are the best practices student affairs practitioners are implementing for partnerships with faculty and/or academic affairs to support the mental health needs of students or promise?
    • What programs and resources do campuses offer to specifically meet the mental health and wellness needs of students of color, queer students, foster youth, non-majority religious students, native students, low socioeconomic status students and students with disabilities?



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

Submission Timeline
  • February 9, 2018
    Call for Programs Deadline EXTENDED
  • February 16, 2018
    Program Reviews Completed
  • March 2, 2018
    Presenter Notification Emails Sent
  • March 9, 2018
    Presenter Confirmation Deadline
  • March 12, 2018
    Program 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 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference.

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext 1177
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Schedule

The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. As details are finalized, this schedule will be updated.

Full Schedule

Thu, May 31

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Open
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Creatively Addressing Financial Wellness: Research, Education, and Beyond
Small, Medium and Large Institutions: Tailored Interventions for First-generation and Underrepresented Student Success
Smoothing out the Path: Leveraging Emergency Aid to Support Student Success
12:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.
Exhibitor Tables Open
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Welcome and Opening Keynote
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Extended Learning Sessions
Attendees can select to either attend one 2-hour session or two 1-hour sessions between 2:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Collaborative Efforts: Maximizing Opportunities for Student Success
“You Deserve To Be Here”: Findings from a National Landscape Analysis of First-generation Student Success Programs at Four-year Institutions
2:45 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
Gently Nudging Faculty Along to Participate in Student Success Initiatives
Out of the Shadows: Creating a Supportive Environment for Suicide Prevention
The Impact of Social Networks on First Year Student Persistence
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
A Collaborative Approach to Improving the Experience of Students with Disabilities
Beyond a Deficit View: Reconstructing a Strength-Based Identity for First-Generation Students
Parent Involvement Factors from the Perspectives of Academically Successful College Black Males
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Opening Network Reception (Light Fare Provided)

Fri, Jun 01

7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration & Exhibitor Tables Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast Available
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Concurrent Session III
CARE: An Expansive Approach to Support First-Generation & Underrepresented Students
Early and Often: Postsecondary Education Support for Former Foster Care Youth
Examining Non-Traditional Student Degree Achievement Through a Support System Lens
How to Raise Retention Rates Through Proven Peer Mentoring Programs Designed for Generation Z
Innovative Reflections and Learning of College Student Success and Resiliency Among Students with Learning Disabilities in Postsecondary Education
Leveraging Student Affairs' Strengths to Address Mental Health and Promote Student Success
Strategies for Student Success: Cultivating Impactful Programs for First-generation and Underrepresented College Students
9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Concurrent Session IV
Caring at Scale: High-Impact Success Coaching at ASU
Educating Ourselves to Reduce Barriers to Career Development Success of Under Resourced Students
Engaging First-generation Students to Graduation
Exposing the Map: Campus Partnerships and the Advanced Degree Path
Strengthening the Financial Well-being of Your Student Success Program
What a Bunch of B.S.: The Influence of Institutional Jargon
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Plenary Keynote Speaker
12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions V
A Summer Bridge Model: Influencing a Smooth Transition from High School and a Sense of Belonging for First-generation College Students
Achieving Through Co-Curricular Success: Exploring the Intersections of Mentorship and Leadership
Preparing Advisors for the 21St Century Student: A Community-Driven Advising Training Model
Soup for the Soul: Spiritual Formation as a Means of Retention
Work Works! Student Success Through a Co-Curricular Work-Based Learning Model
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VI
Advising the Whole Student: Exploring how Intersectional Advising can Support Marginalized Students
Connecting Learning to Opportunity With Digital Badging Pathways
Examining Four- And Five-Year Graduates: Ways to Support Timely Graduation and Close the Achievement Gap
Nudging Our Students to Succeed: Applying Behavioral Insights to Student Success
One Form, One Story, One Time: The SESE One Form at Northwestern University
Opportunity Scholars: It Takes a Village and a Whole Lotta Love!
Student Success Partnerships Focused on Underrepresented and Underserved Students
Wrapping Students in Success: An Integrated Approach of Community Referral and Assistance
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Networking Break
4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Toolbox Session I
Bonding Faculty Behaviors Predicting Student Commitment to Learning
Creating Cost-Effective Mental Health Outreach Events Targeting At-Risk Student Groups
Examining the Experiences of Alumni of a Minority Research and Training Program
Improving Student Mentoring Relationships
Moving from Transactional Academic Advising to Transformational Holistic Student Success Coaching
Juggling Multiple Responsibilities: First-generation College Students Providing Family Care
5:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Toolbox Session II
Integrating Theory and Practice: Successful Models for Underserved Student Populations
It Takes A Village: A Collaborative Approach that Leads to College Graduation for Low-Income First-Generation College Students
Student Impact: The Role of Strategic Thinking and Technology
The Invisible Suitcase
4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
VPSA & SSAO Reception - By Invitation Only

Sat, Jun 02

7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Closing Keynote
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions VII
Assessing And Improving LGBTQIA+ Student Persistence Retention And Academic Success
Fostering Champions: Supporting Foster Youth in Higher Education
Institutional Strategies to Encourage Poor & Working Class Students' Sense of Belonging
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions VIII
Academic Success in the Minority Male: Structured Success Models from High School to Institutions of Higher Education
First-generation Learning Communities: Opportunities to Create Impact with Service Learning
Utilizing Blackboard as a Comprehensive Retention Tool for Underrepresented Students
Learning in the Round: Diversity and Completion

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

We're thrilled to offer a selection of pre-conference workshops at an additional cost. These programs are meant for attendees with varying professional experiences so please review the description to determine which one to select at the time of registration.

Additionall pre-registration is required to attend.

Creatively Addressing Financial Wellness: Research, Education, and Beyond

Thursday, May 31st • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Presenters will examine the current financial wellness culture on campuses across the country by sharing results of an extensive literature review. In addition, presenters will share preliminary results of the 2017 Study on Collegiate Financial Wellness. An overview of innovative strategies used to address financial well-being will be shared, followed by a facilitated, interactive panel of staff from a variety of different institutions sharing their approaches to encouraging financial wellness on their campuses.

Small, Medium and Large Institutions: Tailored Interventions for First-generation and Underrepresented Student Success

Thursday, May 31st • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

This pre-conference workshop will offer theoretical framing, introduce programmatic approaches, lead interactive exercises for considering your own institutional needs, and offer key takeaways for advancing persistence and retention programs from initial student transition through post-completion.

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Student affairs professionals from a small, rural college, a midsize, suburban university, and a massive, metropolitan institution will discuss interventions, programming, funding, and best practices on how to allocate resources and best serve first-generation and underrepresented students depending on fit, setting, and demographics. Specifically, we will explore the intersections of first-generation and marginalized students and the support systems needed to empower them.

This preconference workshop will offer theoretical framing, introduce programmatic approaches, lead interactive exercises for considering your own institutional needs, and offer key takeaways for advancing persistence and retention programs from initial student transition through post-completion.

Smoothing out the Path: Leveraging Emergency Aid to Support Student Success

Thursday, May 31st • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

In this pre-conference session, participants will learn what it takes to create a robust emergency aid program at their institution. Session facilitators will present the essential components of an emergency aid program, highlight implementation and program management best practices that institutions have taken, and share new tools and resources that institutions can use to support their efforts.

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Research has shown that finances is a one of the primary reasons that students either stop or drop-out of college. Emergency aid is an effective tool that institutions use to retain those students who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis. Resources such as housing or food assistance, emergency loans, and grants can help alleviate the financial strain a student may face on their path to a degree. However, for emergency aid programs to make the most impact, institutions must partake in a highly collaborative, well-coordinated effort.

In this pre-conference session, participants will learn what it takes to create a robust emergency aid program at their institution. Session facilitators will present the essential components of an emergency aid program, highlight implementation and program management best practices that institutions have taken, and share new tools and resources that institutions can use to support their efforts.

Registration

Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242.

For questions about membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

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Registration Fees

Early-Bird
before 03/30/2018
Regular
03/30/2018 to 04/27/2018
Late
after 04/28/2018
NASPA Member
$450
$500
$575
Pre-Conference Workshop
$85
$90
$95
Non-Member
$650
$700
$775
NASPA Student Member
$155
$185
$230

Questions?

Tonya Murphy
Member Services Coordinator
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Robert Valderrama
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Phone: (202) 719-1177

Policies

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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is April 6, 2018 less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to [email protected]. This program may be cancelled or postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, 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 or travel related problems and will not reimburse registration fees for these issues.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting theView Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to [email protected].

Speakers


  • Louis Soares

    Louis Soares

    Vice President for Strategy, Research, and Advancement
    American Council on Education

    Speaker Bio

  • Stella M. Flores, Ed.D.

    Stella M. Flores, Ed.D.

    Associate Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity; Associate Professor of Higher Education; Director of Access and Equity, Steinhardt Ins
    New York University

    Speaker Bio

  • Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.

    Andrew Nichols, Ph.D.

    Senior Director of Higher Education Research and Data Analytics
    The Education Trust

    Speaker Bio

Sponsors


If you would like to exhibit at or sponsor the 2018 NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to [email protected] by April 27, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at [email protected]

Venue

Hilton Columbus Downtown


Hilton Columbus Downtown
Columbus, OH

All conference activities will take place at the Hilton Columbus Downtown.

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Hilton Columbus Downtown starting at $189/night (not including 17.5% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate is Thursday, May 16, 2018. Rooms in the conference block may sell out prior to the cut-off date, so please make your reservation as soon as possible.

BOOK YOUR HOTEL ROOM NOW

Hotel Room Rate/Night
Hilton Columbus Downtown
401 North High Street, Columbus, OH 43215
614-384-8600
$189 - Single/Double
  • Travel

    Columbus is serviced by John Glenn Columbus International Airport (CMH). The hotel is approximately 8 miles from the airport.

  • Transportation

    Shuttles
    For more information regarding shuttle providers to and from CMH, please visit the Shuttles, Buses & Limos section of the CMH website.

    Taxis
    For more information regarding taxi cab service, please visit the Taxis page of the CMH website. Taxi fare from CMH to the Hilton Columbus Downtown is approximately $30 one-way.

    Rental Cars
    For more information on available rental car companies and contact information, please visit the Rental Cars page of the CMH website.

  • Weather

    Temperatures in Columbus in May-June are around 80 degrees F during the day and 60 degrees F in the evening. As the conference gets closer, please visit the Weather Channel for more information.

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