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Student Success Summit 2014

The 2014 Student Success Summit, sponsored by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, was hosted in Austin, Texas for invited participants on July 15-16, 2014.


Summit Information

The Student Success Summit offered invited teams of up to five members from institutions across Texas access to national and regional speakers and program resources in support of student success in higher education. Teams included institutional representation from faculty, academic affairs, student affairs, and administrators.  Participants were advised to bring a wi-fi enabled device.

The summit convened institutional and issue-based teams of higher education that engaged in sessions, panels and facilitated working groups while sharing evidence-based instructional and support strategies including: 

  • Peer and supplemental instruction
  • Flipped learning
  • Instructional engagement
  • Early alert systems

About Our Summit Presenter and Facilitator

Featured SpeakerVincent Tinto Vincent Tinto

Vincent Tinto is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. He has carried out research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth and attainment. His book, Leaving College, published by the University of Chicago Press, lays out a theory and policy perspective on student success that is considered the benchmark by which work on these issues are judged. His most recent book, Completing College, also published by The University of Chicago Press, lays out a framework for institutional action for student success, describes the range of programs that have been effective in enhancing student success, and the types of policies institutions should follow to successfully implement programs in ways that endure and scale-up over time.

He has received numerous recognitions and awards. He was awarded the Council of Educational Opportunity Walter O. Mason 2012 Award for his work on the retention of low-income students, the Council of Independent Colleges 2008 Academic Leadership Award, the National Institute for Staff Development International 2008 Leadership Award and was named Distinguished Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations. He has some 50 notable publications, including books, research reports, and journal articles, to his credit and has lectured across the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. From 1990 to 1996 he was associate director of the National Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.  He has worked with a number of organizations, foundations, and government agencies on issues of student success and sits on a number of advisory boards including the Community College Survey of Student Engagement and the Lumina Foundation.

Dr. Tinto received his B.S. from Fordham in Physics and Philosophy, his M.S. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Physics and Mathematics, and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Education and Sociology.

Working Groups FacilitatorJulieJulie Schell

Julie Schell is Director of OnRamps and Strategic Initiatives at The University of Texas at Austin’s (UT-Austin) Center for Teaching and Learning where she leads signature, dual-credit curricular innovations that extend the reach of the University. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at UT-Austin’s top ranked College of Education, where she teaches a new graduate course, Technology and Innovation in Higher Education. With UT, she currently holds a dual appointment as an associate in the Mazur Group at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard University, where she generates and tests ideas for scaling innovative teaching methods. She completed a three-year postdoctoral fellowship under Eric Mazur at Harvard University. She has over 15 years of experience in higher education, has written and presented widely on Peer Instruction, and has held positions at the nation’s top research universities including Stanford, Yale, Columbia, Harvard and most recently The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Schell is an expert in educational innovation and a recipient of a Longhorn Innovation Fund for Technology award in 2013. She was awarded the Dissertation of the Year from the American Educational Research Association, Postsecondary Education Division in 2010. She holds a doctorate in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and an M.S. in Counseling and Educational Psychology, with an emphasis in instructional technology, from the University of Nevada, Reno


Agenda

Participants were encouraged to bring a wi-fi enabled device.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 

8:00 AMParticipant Check-In and Continental Breakfast


8:30 AMWelcome, Introductions, and Keynote Address


9:30 AMBreakout Sessions I

Using Team-Based Learning to Improve Success in General Biology: A Technology-Enhanced, Flipped-Classroom Approach
Greg Dement and Rachna Sadana, University of Houston - Downtown
Presentation and Materials

Skits, Demonstrations, and Active Learning Activities in Introductory Biology Lecture Halls
Monique Ogletree, Ana Medrano and Larry Williams, University of Houston 
PresentationMaterials, and Video

Xtreme Academic Makeover:  Gateway Course Redesign and Embedded Learning Strategies
Amy Klohn, Rochelle Gregory, Crystal Wright and Brent Wallace, North Central Texas Community College
PresentationMaterials, and Video

Promoting Student Success in Standardized College-Level Math Courses
Pam Webster, Wendy Gruver, Darla Heath, Jodi Oelrich and Joshua Patterson, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Presentation and Materials

Course Assistants: From Start to Finish
Don Edwards, Bev Carlsen-Landy and Brandi Falley, Texas Woman's University
Presentation and Materials


10:45 AM - Break


11:00 AM - Facilitated Working Groups 

Institutional Action for Success, Persistence, and Completion
Facilitator: Vincent Tinto
For further information, questions, or suggested resources related to Dr. Tinto’s Keynote, presentations, or working groups, please  contact Dr. Tinto directly at vtinto@syr.edu.

How to Help People Learn: Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Student Success
Facilitator: Julie Schell
Presentation


12:30 PM - Lunch and Panel Discussion: Taking Action for Student Success


2:30 PM - Break


3:00 PM - Breakout Sessions II


Intrusive Intervention
Pam Webster, Wendy Gruver, Darla Heath, Jodi Oelrich and Joshue Patterson, Texas A&M University - Commerce
Presentation and Materials

Skits, Demonstrations, and Active Learning Activities in Introductory Biology Lecture Halls
Monique Ogletree, Ana Medrano and Larry Williams, University of Houston 
PresentationMaterials, and Video

Student Support Initiatives: Meeting the Needs of Students and Faculty with Peer-Instruction, Mentoring, and Support
Deborah Cole, Terry Garcia and Mauricio De León, The University of Texas - Pan American
Presentation

Xtreme Structured Support for Greater Student Engagement
Mary Martinson, Tracey Fleniken and Amy Klohn, North Central Texas Community College
Presentation

Collaborative Course Redesign to Enhance Strategic Learning
Greg Dement and Bill Waller, University of Houston - Downtown
Presentation and Materials

4:15 PM - Day I Adjourns, Dinner On Your Own


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

8:00 AM - Continental Breakfast


8:30 AM - Reconvening Address


9:00 AM - Breakout Sessions III

Xtreme Academic Makeover:  Gateway Course Redesign and Embedded Learning Strategies
Amy Klohn, Rochelle Gregory, Crystal Wright and Brent Wallace, North Central Texas Community College
PresentationMaterials, and Video

Using Team-Based Learning to Improve Success in General Biology: A Technology-Enhanced, Flipped-Classroom Approach
Greg Dement and Rachna Sadana, University of Houston - Downtown
Presentation and Materials

Student Support Initiatives: Meeting the Needs of Students and Faculty with Peer-Instruction, Mentoring, and Support
Deborah Cole, Terry Garcia and Mauricio De León, The University of Texas - Pan American
Presentation

Development of Curriculum and Training Materials for Peer Led Team Learning Recitation Sessions
Donna Pattison and Cathy Horn, University of Houston
Presentation and Materials

Course Assistants: From Start to Finish
Don Edwards, Bev Carlsen-Landy and Brandi Falley, Texas Woman's University
Presentation and Materials


10:15 AM - Break


10:30 AM - Facilitated Working Groups

Institutional Action for Success, Persistence, and Completion
Facilitator: Vincent Tinto

How to Help People Learn: Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies for Student Success
Facilitator: Julie Schell
Presentation


12:30 PM - Lunch and Panel Discussion: Innovating Classroom Instruction

Moderator: Julie Schell


2:30 PM - Closing Remarks

Vincent Tinto

3:00 PM - Summit Adjourns


Questions?
Contact the University of Houston: Heidi Kennedy, PhD THECB