With the increased calls for accountability, community colleges are collecting more information than ever before on our classes, programs, and students. But how do we use this information once we have it? Are we measuring the right things and can we translate the numbers into actionable improvements?
The Strengthening Student Success conference provides a unique opportunity for a wide cross-section of community college professionals to gather and brainstorm ways to leverage assessment to strengthen institutional effectiveness and student learning. The 2009 conference, being held in San Francisco from October 7-9, will explore using evidence to improve practice, as well as the integration of curriculum with basic skills, student services, and career technical education.
Keynote presentations will feature Joyce Romano of Valencia Community College, a Florida college with a successful model for meeting the needs of basic skills students, and Jeff Duncan-Andrade of the Educational Equity Initiative at San Francisco State University’s Cesar Chavez Institute, on using critical pedagogy to engage low-income urban students. Sample sessions topics include:
a.. High Expectation and High Support: How Colleges Are Changing the
Formula for Student Engagement and Success
b.. What To Do With Assessment Data
c.. Sustaining Pilot Programs: Lessons from the Field
d.. Assessing Creative Thinking
e.. Will This Be On the Test? Creating a Campaign to Build Students’
Habits of Mind
In keeping with the lean budget times, registration fees for the three-day event are just $375. Hotel rooms are available at a discounted rate of $140. The hotel offers a free shuttle to the San Francisco Airport, which also provides low-cost BART access to the City.
Find out more about the sessions, read up on ways to get funding to attend,
and register at: http://www.rpgroup.org/events/sss09.html