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Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference

2018 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
hosted by Oakland University

February 15-16, 2018
  Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI
Conference Theme
& 2018 Presentations

Closing the Gap

Closing the gap between college access and college completion for all students is the number one priority of higher education for this decade.  Post-secondary institutions are facing significant challenges to achieving this goal.  Colleges are enrolling a larger and more diverse population that is less prepared.  The diversity of our student populations has increased with underrepresented minorities, first generation students, students with disabilities, and immigrant students seeking college degrees at higher rates but completing with less success.  

Many of these students come from backgrounds that make college more challenging on many levels and completion is less successful.  The demand for college education to compete in current and future labor markets has spread to all segments of our society while public budgetary support for higher education has declined.  

This year’s conference brought together experts and practitioners who focused on how we can close the gap and provide all students with the opportunity for social mobility through education:

Day One: 2/15/18
Keynote Dr. Tim Renick:
Creating a Student-Centered University Through Data and Analytics
Session 1:
Applying Threshold Concepts of Professional Learning
Motivational Interviewing-Conversations to Improve Retention and Success
Student Success by Racial Subgroup in Michigan Colleges
Session 2:
Celebrating the Academic and Cultural Differences Internationals Bring to Class
What is Understanding by Design?
Understanding & Engaging with First Generation, Underserved, Under Resources College Students
Session 3:
Emergency Aid Programs: Closing the Gap for Students in Crisis
Supporting Justice-Involved College Students
Universal Design for Learning: Closing the Gap in the Classroom
Session 4:
Closing the Gap: Through a Holistic Advising Monitoring Process
Closing the Gap: Understanding the Link Between Majors and Careers
Maximizing Student Success Through Initiative Linking-the G2C Nexus Project
Rethinking Student Success at Indiana University Kokomo
Day Two: 2/16/18
Keynote: Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire:
Metacognition: The Key to Closing the Gap!
Session 5:
Building and Institutional Network for Student Success
From the Office of Struggling Students to the Office of Student Success
How USF Closed the Race-Based Achievement Gap
Mind the Gap: Serving Students with Mental Health Concerns
Trans*Forming Pedagogy and Practice with Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Students
Session 6:
Help Students be Bad A** with Assessment
Improving Transition to College
Partnerships Create Community
STEMstart-Summer Math Bridge Program
Session 7:
Bridging the Gap: Building a Network of Support for Students Experiencing Homelessness
Crossing the Finish Line: Reading Across the Curriculum for Student Success
The Power of Partnerships and Creating a Network of Support
To Get Your Students to Graduate, Do This
Fees & Parking Information

August 1, 2018
October 1, 2018
March 4, 2019

Registration & Hotel Reservations Open
Presentation Proposal Deadline
Online Registration Closes

Faculty and Staff$185
Oakland University Faculty and Staff$100
Graduate Students$50
**No refunds will be given after February 22, 2019.
**You may register only one person per checkout process for this conference.

Parking Options:

Posting Concurrent Session Presentations Soon!

Wednesday, February 14

4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.Registration/Check-in
Thursday, February 15
7:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.Registration/Check-in
7:30a.m. - 9:00a.m.Networking Continental Breakfast
9:00a.m. - 9:15a.m.Welcome and Opening
9:15a.m. - 10:15a.m.Keynote: Dr. Timothy Renick
10:15a.m. - 10:30a.m.Transition
10:30a.m. - 11:30a.m.Concurrent Session 1
11:30a.m. - 1:00p.m.Lunch Keynote: Dr. Sanford Shugart
1:00p.m. - 1:15p.m.Transition
1:15p.m. - 2:15p.m.Concurrent Session 2
2:15p.m. - 2:30p.m.Transition
2:30p.m. - 3:30p.m.Concurrent Session 3
3:30p.m. - 3:45p.m.Transition
3:45p.m. - 4:45p.m.Concurrent Session 4
4:45p.m.Free Time to Explore Detroit!
Friday, February 16
8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.Registration/Check-in, Poster and Sponsor Displays
8:00a.m. - 8:45a.m.Continental Breakfast, Day 2 Welcome
8:45a.m. - 9:45a.m.Concurrent Session 5
9:45a.m. - 10:00a.m.Transition
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.Concurrent Session 6
11:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.Transition
11:15a.m. - 12:15p.m.Concurrent Session 7
12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m.Networking Lunch
1:15p.m. - 2:15p.m.Keynote: Dr. Saundra McGuire
2:15p.m.Closing Remarks
Saundra Yancy McGuire 
Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the LSU Center for Academic Success and Retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. Prior to joining LSU in 1999, Dr. McGuire spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her latest book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015 and is a Stylus Publications best seller that is now in its eleventh printing.

Dr. McGuire’s most recent accolades include the 2017 American Chemical Society (ACS) Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences, the LSU Women’s Center 2017 Esprit de Femme Award, and induction with the 2017 class into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction. She also received the 2015 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Lifetime Mentor Award and the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE). She is an elected Fellow of the ACS and the AAAS. In November 2007 the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring was presented to her in a White House Oval Office Ceremony.

Dr. McGuire received a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, magna cum laude, from Southern University, a Master’s degree from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in chemical education from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Promise. She is married to Dr. Stephen C. McGuire, a professor of physics at Southern University. They are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the doting grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.

Tim Renick
Dr. Tim Renick is Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Vice Provost, and Professor of Religious Studies at Georgia State University. He has served as Chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Director of the Honors Program. Since 2008, he has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level.  Dr. Renick has testified on strategies for helping university students succeed before the U.S. Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House.  His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and CNN and cited by President Obama. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly and was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation. He currently is principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant to study the impact of proactive, predictive- analytics-based advisement on 10,000 low-income and first-generation students nationally. A summa cum laude graduate of Dartmouth College, Dr. Renick holds his M.A. and Ph.D. in Religion from Princeton University.

Sanford Shugart
Dr. Sanford “Sandy” Shugart has served since 2000 as the fourth president of Valencia College in greater Orlando, Florida. As winner of the first Aspen Prize for Excellence, Valencia is one of the most celebrated community colleges in America. Serving some 70,000 students per year, Valencia is known for high rates of graduation, transfer, and job placement and has become something of a national laboratory for best practices in learning-centered education. Prior to Valencia, Sandy served as president of North Harris College and as Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of the North Carolina Community College System. In 2015, he was named by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the ten most innovative college and university presidents in America. He earned his Ph.D. in Teaching and Learning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to his career in education, Dr. Shugart is a published poet, musician, and songwriter and author of Leadership in the Crucible of Work: Discovering the Interior Life of an Authentic Leader.