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Call for Programs

In his keynote address at our inaugural conference on Student Engagement in 2012, Dr. George Kuh shared a set of educational practices that he called high impact, because of their known relationship to student success and persistence in the university setting. It was clear in the discussions that followed that many of us utilize these practices in our instructional methods, programs, and services we offer our students, and that it would be valuable for us as a community to have a means to share these ideas with our colleagues in other departments and divisions of the university on a regular basis. For more information, see the Enrollment/Retention Management Committee website located here: http://www.fgcu.edu/Provost/enrollmentcommittee.html

Proposals are Invited

As a means of sharing the innovative work we are doing across campus, concurrent session, roundtable discussion, and poster session proposals are invited on topics that address the ways that you are applying one or more of the following high impact educational practices in your work:

· First Year Seminars and Experiences

· Common Intellectual Experiences

· Learning Communities

· Writing-Intensive Courses

· Collaborative Assignments and Projects

· Undergraduate Research

· Diversity/Global Learning

· Service Learning, Community-Based Learning

· Internships

· Capstone Courses and Projects

High Impact Educational Practices

For a complete description of these high impact practices, click here.

Proposals will be selected based on appropriateness of session topic, adherence to proposal guidelines, and overall quality of the proposal. Detailed proposal guidelines and selection criteria for each session type appear below.

Proposal Deadline

The proposal deadline is Friday, November 29, 2013. You are strongly encouraged to submit proposals as soon as possible. Since the conference program must be finalized and presenters notified in time for preconference coordination, it may not be possible to accept late proposals.

Session Types

Selection Criteria for each session type:

  • Appropriateness to session type
  • Relationship to high impact educational practices
  • Importance of the topic as a perennial/emerging trend or issue
  • Soundness of study design/assessment design and analysis (if relevant)
  • Implications/adaptability for practice
  • Demonstration of expertise by presenter(s)

Concurrent Sessions

These 50-minute sessions allow for 35-40 minutes of formal presentation and 10-15 minutes of discussion. These session types are best for those wishing to make formal presentations with subsequent questions and interaction. There are three types of concurrent sessions:

Research
These sessions are appropriate for presentations of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies on students' transition to college, learning, development, performance, retention, and other relevant issues.

Assessed Institutional Initiative
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/ initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful on our campus.

Trends & Issues
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing emerging trends, current issues, and broad concepts. For example: college completion, characteristics and needs of special student populations, campus civility, global citizenship, teaching and learning, innovative instructional strategies, etc.

Bottom Poster Sessions

These sessions allow for 60 minutes of informal interaction with a large number of conference participants during the afternoon reception. Poster sessions are presented in the form of an exhibit and delivered primarily through the use of visual display and handout materials. The poster session host should expect to make brief remarks, share information, and answer questions about the presentation topic. Numerous poster sessions will be scheduled concurrently, and conference participants will be free to move from one poster session to another. There are two types of poster sessions:

Assessed Institutional Initiatives
These sessions are appropriate for presentations addressing and highlighting specific programs/ initiatives that have been instituted, assessed, and shown to be successful on a particular campus.

Research Findings
These sessions are appropriate for presentations of quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method studies on students' transition to college, learning, development, performance, retention, and other relevant issues.

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Facilitated Discussions
These sessions are designed to promote open discussion around a significant issue or theme. Rather than making a formal presentation, session facilitators will encourage and maintain substantive discussion. Facilitated discussions should not emphasize any one program or institutional initiative, but rather give all session attendees an opportunity to share ideas and learn from one another's experiences. This session type is best for those presenters wanting to share ideas and gain information from other conference participants in an open forum.Top of Form