Hear Achieving the Dream at Upcoming Conferences

Achieving the Dream’s leaders are participating in Educause, the annual conference for higher education IT professionals. Our colleagues will be presenting on leveraging adaptive courseware to improve student outcomes, streamlining student data, and how the OER degree initiative enabled improvement in educational experiences for students.

Our President and CEO, Dr. Karen Stout will be presenting at the ACCT Leadership Congress on October 17th. Her presentation will have support from ATD Network colleges Bay College and Diné College, and will focus on how boards can support reform efforts.

Educause Conference

IT: Transforming the Student Experience Through an Equity Lens
Tuesday, October 15, 1:15pm – 2:15pm CT

Celeste Schwartz, Vice President for Info Tech & Chief Digital Officer, Montgomery County Community College
Laurie Heacock, Senior Advisor of Data and Analytics, Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Description: IT influences campus culture. Student success should be at the core of every decision about technology challenges or potential investments. Transforming the student experience requires a systems-thinking approach with cross-functional collaboration across the institution—students, faculty, staff, and other key stakeholders—through a lens of people, process, and technology.

Outcomes: Participants will learn: Topics and areas to consider prior to investing in technology. Tips for technology integration. Strategies on how to use technology to optimize the student experience through alignment with pathways. Examples of how colleges have implemented student-centered solutions.

Supporting OER Programs at Scale at Your Institution
Wednesday, October 16, 10:45am – 11:30am CT
Francesca Carpenter,Director, Equity Initiatives Achieving the Dream (ATD)
Donna Desrochers, Associate, rpkGROUP
Rebecca Griffiths, Principal Education Research, SRI
Richard Sebastian, Director, Open and Digital Learning, Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Description: Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative enabled 38 U.S. community colleges to lower costs and improve educational experiences for students by building pathways of courses using freely available, openly licensed instructional materials. Achieving the Dream and evaluation partners SRI and rpkGROUP will share the academic and financial outcomes of this ambitious project.

Outcomes: Gain insight into the potential benefits and challenges of OER degree implementation.  Identify effective strategies for implementing these programs. Understand the overall costs and ROI of OER degree programs.

Answering the Call for Better Student Data
Thursday, October 17, 8:30am – 9:15am CT

Michelle Blackwell, Manager Data Partnerships, National Student Clearinghouse
Eric Godin, Associate Vice President, SHEEO
Laurie Heacock, Vice President, Data, Technology and Analytics, Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Description: Institutions, systems, and states want postsecondary data with comprehensive outcomes for all students. The Postsecondary Data Partnership (PDP) streamlines and enhances data gathering, reporting, and research to support a data-enabled institution. Learn about the role of IT in this national effort to help institutions gain a fuller picture of student success.

Outcomes: Learn about the importance of collaboration between IT and IR staff for PDP data submission, analysis, and visualizations. Understand the significance of the PDP in supporting institutional decision-making for student success. Explore opportunities for future PDP technology innovations.

Strategies for Success: Leveraging Digital Learning Technologies to Improve Teaching and Learning
Thursday, October 17, 9:30am – 10:15am CT

Donald Carter, Director, Academic & Research Technology Services, ITS, Northern Arizona University
John Fritz, Associate VP, Instructional Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Megan Tesene, Associate Director, Personalized Learning Consortium, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Karen Vignare, Executive Director Personalized Learning Consortium, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)
Susan Adams, Instructional Designer, Achieving the Dream (ATD)

Description: APLU and ATD, supported by Every Learner Everywhere, will lead a session for institutions interested in leveraging adaptive courseware in foundational courses, with the ultimate goal of improving student outcomes, especially those of first-generation college students, low-income students, and students of color.

Outcomes: Understand the implementation process for adaptive courseware. Hear about the potential for adaptive courseware to support course redesign and equitable student outcomes. Learn about tools that can help universities and colleges adopt courseware. Examine the difference scale has on impact.

Association of Community College Trustees Conference

The Board as a Critical Partner in Institutional Transformation and Building Equity-Minded Institutions
Thursday, October 17, 2:00pm – 3:00pm ET

Greg Bigman, Board Chair, Diné College,
Laura L. Coleman, President, Bay College
Charles (Monte) Roessel, President, Diné College
Karen Stout, President and CEO, Achieving the Dream
Joy Hopkins, Trustee, Bay College

Description: Small, rural colleges and tribal colleges and universities can face significant financial and capacity issues when undertaking major reforms aimed at increasing equity and student outcomes. Join two Achieving the Dream institutions, Dine College in Arizona and Bay College in Michigan, in a conversation about how their boards are supporting reform efforts through creative resource development and targeted support to evidence-based reforms. Take away strategies will be applicable to any institution serving low income students and students of color.

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