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2016 Regional Symposium for Student Success & Retention

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Welcome

Welcome to the online home of the 2016 Regional Symposium for Student Success & Retention at Texas Tech University.

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  1. Register to Attend(Registration Closed on 2/25)
  2. Propose to Present
  3. TTU: Apply for Innovation Grant
  4. Vendors:  Exhibit Your Product

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  • Feb29

    Check-In & Coffee Bar Open

    7:45 am

  • Feb29

    Symposium Begins

    TTU: 10:30 am; ALL: 12:00 pm

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Why a Symposium?

In a political, cultural, financial, and technological environment characterized by constant and increasingly rapid change, we recognize that accomplishing our respective institutional missions will rely more and more on innovation. We also know that innovation increases when catalyzed.

The Symposium will create an environment where success-oriented leaders from our various institutions can gather annually to discuss, consider, and create student success- and persistence-oriented solutions to the challenge we all face: developing environments that foster learning, create knowledge, and prepare our people to make a positive impact in each new day.

True, there are many national organizations that meet in faraway places to discuss these matters within their respective functions or organizational divisions. With constraints on travel budgets and time away from daily work, it is rare for cross-functional teams from our respective institutions to retreat together in an environment ripe for networking where the focus aligns with that of the team.

Where, nearer to our campuses, might we go to work together on these challenging issues? Let's meet here.

What is the Content?

On February 29-March 1, representatives of our leadership, faculty, enrollment, academic affairs, and student affairs teams will join together in Lubbock as we engage these challenging topics and hear from around the region. Our facilitators, panelists, and presenters will help us consider our own opportunities as we discuss the challenges and the variety of current innovative approaches happening in their respective domains and institutions.

As two particular highlights, we are pleased to announce Dr. Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education for the State of Texas, and Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning, have agreed to bring their remarks on these issues and opportunities in two keynote addresses.

Who are the Right Audiences?

We hope you will attend.  

Even better, consider leading a team of participants from your institutions. Ideally you will attend as part of a diverse team from your institution, with members ranging from senior executives to data analysts to front-line faculty, advisors, ... possibly including creative leaders from your undergraduate and graduate populations.  

Schedule & Logistics

Day 1 - February 29, 2016

Start Time Content Location 

7:30AM

Registration Check-In Opens

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bill & Peggy Dean Lobby

7:45AM

Art Exhibit Opens

Developing Visions of Success
by Hutchinson Middle School, Lubbock, TX


front sign at J.T. Hutchison Middle School (used with permission)

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Walls of Plains Capital - Wick Alexander - Robert Duncan Rooms (119D&E&F)

10:30AM

TTU:
Let's Think Campaigns.
Let's Look at EAB GradesFirst.  
Let's Talk about the Possibilities.

Working Session for TTU Teams -
Come & Go Participation
Facilitator

Joshua Barron, M.B.A.
Kasey Seeberger

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Technology Tools, Data-Driven Intervention, Campaign Oriented Communication.

11:50AM

Networking Break/Transition Time

12:00PM

Luncheon & Keynote

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Plains Capital - Wick Alexander - Robert Duncan Rooms (119D&E&F)

with Special Guests:
Greater Southwest Rotary of Lubbock

Introductory Remarks

Dr. Juan Sanchez Muñoz
Senior Vice President, Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity, & Community Engagement
Vice Provost, Division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs

portrait of Juan Munoz, Texas Tech University

Keynote

Dr. Mark David Milliron
Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning

portrait of Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning (used with permission)

1:20PM

Networking Break/Transition Time

1:30PM

Concurrent Series 1.1
Innovating via Experiences that Invest in Self-Efficacy

Fostering Resilience in Vulnerable Students: Creating Hope, Respect, and Self-Efficacy

Presenters

Lisa Viator, Ph.D.
Amanda M. Wheeler, Ph.D.
Shraddha Sundaram, M.A.

Abstract

University counseling centers report increasing numbers of students seeking treatment for severe mental health concerns (e.g. anxiety and depression). In 2016, CCMH reported that "the number of students treated by counseling centers grew at more than 5x the rate of institutional enrollment..." These increases in numbers and severity may be attributed to an absence of resilience in certain populations of emerging adults.

This presentation will focus on three groups of students who are vulnerable to low resilience: "overparented" students, first-generation students, and transgender students. We will discuss ways for universities to develop an environment in which vulnerable students can flourish.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room (119A)

Keywords

Resilience, First Generation College Students, Transgender, Student Safety, Emerging Adulthood

Self-Efficacy ... and MORE ... via Easier Schedule Planning

Presenter

Alan Weeks

Abstract

With research indicating students' success is encouraged through experiences that confirm the ability to be successful, institutions stand to benefit from identifying and, wherever possible, eliminating unnecessary frustration with routine processes. By transforming the necessary act of schedule building into an easier experience, we have the opportunity to boost self-efficacy and, potentially, to encourage the creation of success-oriented schedules that meet the needs of the student and the institution.

This presentation will review the basis for tools that assist students in this way, and will offer a demonstration of how one tool, Visual Schedule Builder (VSB), is already facilitating schools’ efforts to capitalize on this knowledge.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Scheduling, Efficiency, Technology Tools

Vertical Transfer: Student Experiences During the Transfer Process

Presenters

Patricia Ryan, M.A.
Valerie Paton, Ph.D.

Abstract

Community colleges in the United States serve as access points to higher education. The presenters will discuss two studies that explored the experiences of transfer students in the southwest to determine the student and institutional factors that influence successful transfer to four-year institutions. Following a presentation of Paton et al.'s (2015) Transfer Phase Model and preliminary results from the current study, the presenters will open a discussion for session participants to discuss transfer and transition issues for students at their institutions in light of the model.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Community College, Transfer Student, Student Transition, Academic Success

2:20PM

Networking Break/Transition Time

2:30PM

Concurrent Series 1.2
Innovating through Academics & Advising & Assessment

Predisciplinary Humanities and the Disciplines You Love to Hate

Presenters

Dorothy Chansky, Ph.D.
Donald Lavigne, Ph.D.

Abstract

Predisiplinary humanities is an idea predicated on fostering the humanities "brand" rather than any particular discipline. Engaging first-year students of myriad backgrounds (and interests) in the study of the humanities broadly conceived aims to provide a set of analytic tools that crosses disciplinary boundaries even as it invites teamwork across traditional departmental divides.

This presentation describes the rationale for a first-year multidisciplinary humanities class, highlighting its possibilities with regard to student success, retention, confidence building, and communication in a global environment.

 

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Wick Alexander Room (119E)

Keywords

Humanities, First-Year, Multidisciplinary, Success, Integration

 

Motivational Interviewing in Advising

Presenter

Sarah Dingus, M.S.

Abstract

 Advisors working with at-risk students find Motivational Interviewing (MI) strategies particularly useful. MI is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with attention to change. Students need motivation to reach their goals, MI explores their argument for change and helps them to begin the process of understanding how to reach those goals.

This session will teach the four main principles of MI (expressing sympathy, supporting self-efficacy, rolling with resistance, and developing discrepancies) as well as reviewing skills, techniques, and strategies that advisors can take back to their campus and use with their students.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Academic Advising, Motivational Interviewing, Counseling, Interaction

The New Normal - Supporting Today's Post-Traditional Student for Success

Presenter

Cherron R. Hoppes, Ed.D.

Abstract

The profile of the 21st century student is remarkably different - nearly 80% of today's college population work more than 30 hours a week, are supporting dependents and are enrolled less than full-time. Creating support structures for this students can be a real challenge particularly when institutional policies and practices are designed for the full-time, residential, traditional student. This session will provide context for today's student, the impact of this profile on practices in measuring retention and graduation, and strategies that work including success coaching, advising models, and degree planning.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Post-Traditional, Adult Students, Student Success, Coaching

3:30PM

Concurrent Series 1.3
Innovating through Reflection, Research, & Reorganization

Luck Be a Lady: Promoting Persistence and Retention of Female STEM Students

Presenter

Maggie Gilchrest-Dunnam, M.A.

Abstract

Despite the increase in numbers of female students enrolling in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs, research indicates that many females are not completing their STEM degrees. Clearly there is evidence that college experiences and degree completion in STEM fields differ between men and women (Gayles, 2011).  As institutional personnel better understand the issues relevant to interacting with female STEM students, we will be better equipped to adjust appropriately, better addressing their specific needs in order to increase persistence, satisfaction, and retention of women within STEM programs.

This presentation will highlight theories on college gender development and persistence, and will discuss current issues in the engagement of female STEM students. Backed by theory, participants will walk away from this session with tips and strategies to put to immediate use in their own interactions with students in the classroom, via policy creation, and when advising, mentoring, and coaching female STEM students.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Wick Alexander Room (119E)

Keywords

Collaboration, Supplemental Instruction, Student Success, Academic Support

 

Implementing Proactive Advising to Improve Enrollment, Retention, and Graduation Outcomes

Presenter

Amanda Jones, M.Ed.

Abstract

This presentation will discuss the current advising landscape, freshman first year experience, how to capture sub-groups to increase retention and completion rates through the use of assessment and advising techniques. Presentation segment will include open discussion of challenges in process of enrollment through graduation and best practices on advising to impact retention and graduation outcomes.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

College-Readiness, Student Success, Intrusive Advising, Developmental Education

 

The HSU Experience: Wheels in Motion

Presenter

Stacey Martin, M.Ed.

Abstract

Retention numbers were bleak for a decade, resources were dwindling, and morale was low. Since changes were clearly necessary. HSU began to recognize that retention is a by-product of an experience and the student experience needed scrutiny. As a result, HSU has recently focused on organizational structure, the use of data and other tools, and the high-impact practices that impact student success.

This session will show the upward flight of a school moving from surviving to thriving.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Engagement, Collaboration, Retention, Experience, and Thriving

 

4:30PM

"Celebrate Success" Reception Begins

with Mariachi Los Matadores

Logo for Mariachi Los Matadores de Texas Tech

Provided by
TTU Center for Active Learning & Undergraduate Engagement

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room, Alumni Lounge, and Barnhart Courtyard

6:00PM

Day 1 Concludes

Day 2 - March 1, 2016

Start Time Content Location

7:30AM

Registration Opens

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bill & Peggy Dean Lobby

7:45AM

Breakfast Opens

Provided by
Helix Education

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Helix Hallway, Alumni Lounge, Kent Hance Room, & Barnhart Courtyard

8:30AM

 

Concurrent Series 2.1
Updates from 2015 Recipients of the Provost's Innovation Grants for Student Success & Retention

TTU College of Arts & Sciences

Presenters

Stefanie Borst, Ph.D.
Colleen Sisneros, M.A.
Audra Day, Ph.D.
Kumudu Witanapatirana

Abstract

In Fall 2015, the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) was awarded an Innovations in Student Success & Retention Grant. With this grant, we implemented a student success initiative in the Dean's Office, as well as in the departments of Chemistry and Math.

We believe that we can make a significant impact on retention, for both the College of Arts & Sciences and TTU, by paying attention especially to two groups: at-risk students (centrally, via the success advisors in the Dean's Office), and students in high-enrollment, core courses that show a historically high rate of earned D, earned F, and students who drop/withdraw from the course (high-DFW).

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Arts & Sciences, Retention, Student Success, Academic Advising, Bottleneck Courses

 

TTU College of Visual & Performing Arts

Presenter

Bob Chanda, Ph.D.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Student Leadership, Organizational Change, Targeted Outreach

 

9:20AM

Networking Break/Transition Time

9:30AM

Concurrent Series 2.2
Innovating through Targeted Programming

Collaboration: The Foundation of Supplemental Instruction's Student Success and Retention

Presenters

Corie Hernandez, M.Ed.
Patrick Bohn, M.S.

Abstract

Supplemental Instruction offers peer-led review sessions for courses that show historic difficulty.

This session will evaluate the program's data driven achievements and how various elements of collaboration among stakeholders enforce the programs mission toward student success and retention. Various efforts of collaboration among SI Staff, TTU Faculty, SI Leaders, and participating students will be discussed throughout the presentation.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room (119A)

Keywords

Collaboration, Supplemental Instruction, Student Success, Academic Support

Developmental Education:
Is it Wasting our Time?

Presenter

Bonnie Cordell, M.A.

Abstract

You have heard the question from students and parents, or maybe you have even asked it yourself: "Is Developmental Education wasting our time?" Administrators and politicians are focused on the high cost of college education and hurrying students toward graduation. Meanwhile, thirty-four percent of first-time-freshman will require at least one developmental course.

This session explores how developmental education can help universities achieve their goals of keeping costs down while improving retention and graduation rates. Learn why developmental education matters to today's students eager to graduate and begin their careers and what practices influence student success in developmental education and beyond.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

College-Readiness, Student Success, Intrusive Advising, Developmental Education

Begin with the End in Mind: Strategies to Build or Improve your Student Leader Program

Presenter

Megan Ohlmann, M.S.
Rachel Jackson, Ph.D.

Abstract

Are you building a student leader training program but don't know where to start? Do you want to take your existing program to the next level? Student leaders can be a viable component of a university's efforts to retain and motivate students by identifying, supporting and developing outstanding student leaders and then directing their skills toward improvement of the academic and social life of the institution.

Attendees will be given practical advice, including how to set goals for the organization, how to structure interviews to find candidates with the most desired qualities, and suggestions for how to structure student leader training.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Student Leaders, Training, Programming Outcomes

 

10:20AM

Networking Break/Transition Time

10:30AM

Concurrent Series 2.3
Innovating in Academics & Advising

Building a Holistic Approach to Retaining At-Risk Students

Presenters

Kate St. Clair

Abstract

Effective student retention in higher education requires the use of a multi-pronged advising and instruction system. Addressing the negative stigmas associated with developmental education, utilizing holistic advising methods in conjunction with student-driven learning in the classroom, and implementing early-intervention systems for students in academic crisis are integral to promoting retention.

This presentation will review Programs for Academic Development and Retention's (PADR) student success rates with regard to persistence and overall GPA improvements and will analyze what factors have most substantially impacted these successes.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room (119A)

Keywords

Retention, Integrative Advising, Early Intervention

 

Spring Training: How Orientation Prep Sets a Winning Lineup for Student Success

Presenter

Zach Manning, M.S.
Rachel Jackson, Ph.D.

Abstract

Experts generally agree that orientation experiences are as much recruiting events as they are informational, and even educational. Orientation has the potential to contribute to a student's successful first terms and timely graduation outcomes, even more when all campus partners are working from to the same coordinated playbook.

At this session, we will discuss how Texas Tech created a "Spring Training" series to prepare the campus team for creating a "World Series experience" where all stakeholders understand their importance in fulfilling the complex mission of orientation programs.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Academic Advisors, Orientation, Recruitment, Training, Campus Collaboration

 

Assessing Student Success & Retention

Presenter

Jennifer Hughes, Ph.D.

Abstract

Assessing, reporting, and improving upon the effectiveness of our efforts is potentially as important as our planning, implementation, and follow-through. This presentation will examine a variety of ways institutions are measuring their efforts for the purpose of finding continual improvement and promoting innovation.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Assessment, Effectiveness, Accreditation, Accountability

 

11:20AM

Networking Break/Transition Time

11:30AM

Lunch Keynote

Raymund A. Paredes, Ph.D.
Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Texas
Portrait of Raymund Paredes, Commissioner of Higher Education, State of Texas

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Plains Capital - Wick Alexander - Robert Duncan Rooms (119D&E&F)

1:00PM

Artists' Dialogue 

Developing Visions of Success
by Hutchinson Middle School Students
logo for J.T. Hutchinson Middle School in Lubbock, TX

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Plains Capital - Wick Alexander - Robert Duncan Rooms (119D&E&F)

 

1:30PM

 

Concurrent Series 2.4
Updates from 2015 Recipients of the Provost's Innovation Grants for Student Success & Retention

TTU College of Human Sciences

Presenters

Mitzi Lauderdale, J.D., CFP®
Ashlee Brown, M.S.

Abstract

Significant research and focus has been placed on first year retention programs but universities are beginning to realize the "middle children" going through the "sophomore slump" are under-served. Second year students face unique transition challenges academically, socially and emotionally. Research also shows areas of concern and interest for second year students include internship/work experience advice, financial issues, career planning, major changes, tutoring/grade concerns, social and housing transition/concerns, and overall time management/study skills.

Accordingly, in its own effort to support the success of the college's second and third year collegians, the Texas Tech College of Human Sciences has, using seed money from the 2015 Provost's Grants for Innovation in Student Success & Retention, finalized plans to establish the HS Peer Support Center. The Peer Support Center will provide students the opportunity to meet with other students who have likely experienced similar struggles, with the goal offering students the opportunity to experience meaningful dialogue regarding their current status and to match needs with existing resources.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room (119A)

Keywords

Peer Support, Freshman Transition

 

TTU College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

Presenters

Cindy Akers, Ed.D.
Savannah Leonard Chambers
CassiDe Street, Ph.D.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C)

Keywords

Faculty Advisor Academy, Spring Outreach & Support Event

 

TTU College of Education

Presenter

Fanni Coward, Ph.D.

Abstract

Except for Service Learning, the College of Education has a long history with high-impact student success strategies including Study Abroad, Internship, and a Senior Capstone course.  In each case, these practices focus intensely on junior and senior college students.  To support the success of it freshmen and sophomores the CoE, with seed money from the 2015 Provost's Grants for Innovation in Student Success & Retention, determined to implement two additional high-impact practices: (a) Learning Communities, and (b) Student/Faculty Research.

Consistent with research by Kuh (2008), the preliminary results show that the more cohesive high-impact practices student participated in the more students' perceived gains in learning and perceived engagement in deep learning.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Bob L. Herd Room (119B)

Keywords

Freshmen, Sophomores, Faculty Mentoring, Learning Engagement, High-Impact Practices, Learning Communities, Undergraduate Research

 

2:20PM

Networking Break/Transition Time

2:30PM

 

Concurrent Series 2.5
Innovating with Special Populations

Bright Lights, Big Campus: Understanding and Supporting Rural Students

Presenter

Andrew Koricich, Ph.D.

Abstract

Rural populations in the United States collectively represent a large share of the population, and this is especially true in the Southwest. However, residents of these communities have long experienced postsecondary education participation rates that are lower than those of non-rural residents, and even those who do enroll in college often find the transition to be difficult. This presentation explores the postsecondary educational challenges that face rural populations and makes recommendations for ways to promote persistence and completion for rural students on campus.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Kent Hance Room (119A)

Keywords

Rural Education, College Transition, Community Diversity

Disabilities in Higher Education: Listening to The Whole Student

Presenter

Blayne Alaniz, M.S.

Abstract

Supporting a student with disabilities is much more than granting accommodations. Texas Tech Student Disability Services (SDS) strives to support the whole "student as they work to achieve their goals while attending Texas Tech. We provide exceptional support by asking questions, gaining trust, and providing unwavering support for our students as they experience the ups and downs of attending a major university."

Using a virtual tour of the SDS approach, this presentation will reveal connections between theory and practice, offering participants the opportunity to identify and consider points of connection between their own work and the work of their institutions' SDS personnel.

Location

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Dan Law Room (119C) 

Keywords

Disabilities, Student Support Support, Listening Strategies, Holistic Counseling

 

3:20PM

Networking Break/Transition Time

3:30PM

Concluding Keynote

Dr. Ed Venit, EAB

Portrait photograph of Dr. Ed Venit, courtesy of the federal government.

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Plains Capital -
Wick Alexander -
Robert Duncan Rooms
(119D&E&F)

 

4:15PM

Awarding of 2016 Innovation Grants

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
Plains Capital -
Wick Alexander -
Robert Duncan Rooms
(119D&E&F)

4:30PM

Institutional Debriefing Sessions (Optional)

5:00PM

Day 2 Concludes

Hotel, Parking, etc.

We want to help make your stay in Lubbock a pleasant and enjoyable one. The following links provide more information about visiting the city of Lubbock, Texas.  Better still, the interactive map below should assist in choosing a hotel and travelling to the Symposium site.  

General Information about Lubbock, Texas

Our goal is to make searching for a hotel easy for all of the visitors to our city. We believe this information will make your travel much easier as you join us for the Symposium for Student Success & Retention.

Interactive Symposium Parking Map

This map, when clicked, will take the user to an interactive mymaps.google.com map of the Symposium locations.

Hotels Offering Special Symposium Rates

  • Click this button or call (806-776-7000) and mention the "Symposium for Student Success & Retention" to receive a special rate of $129 on standard rooms. Rooms must be booked before February 16 to receive the group rate. $129 at Overton Hotel

Attending

Please submit attendee registration here.

 

Presenting

For our inaugural gathering, please join to discuss student success as POSSIBILITIES THROUGH INNOVATION.
We invite proposals highlighting innovative and effective research-based programs that schools have implemented to engage, equip, support, and retain their current students. How have you worked to better understand the needs of different student populations? How has your institution adapted to better address these needs? What institutional outcomes have been supported by your efforts? How have you collaborated with other institutions to maximize your efforts? What has been a success? What has been a failure? What are your plans as you look forward to the next round of possibilities?

Timeline for Proposal Submissions

Deadline for Proposal submissions is 8:00 on February 15, 2016.

Guidelines for proposal submission

All proposals must include the following information:

  • Contact information and brief biographical summary for primary presenter and each co-presenter
  • Presenter Institution Type: Technology Center/2-Year/4-Year
  • Presentation title (no more than 10 words)
  • Preferred presentation type: Paper/poster presentation/No preference
  • Audience Track: Advisors/Administrators/Student Organizations
  • Presentation abstract: no more than 100 words; suitable for inclusion in the Conference Program
  • Presentation description: Please provide a detailed outline of your presentation (theory, approach, program goals, program details, and program assessment). Don't forget to include references, desired participant learning outcomes, and assessment methods.
  • 5 Keywords: The selected keywords should be the five most important words in your presentation.
  • Areas of Emphasis: Designate one or two preferred topic emphases. Topics (and examples) include:
    • Emphasis I: Success Through Understanding & Addressing Student Characteristics
      • Supporting a particular student population (e.g., first-generation, under-represented, single parent, STEM majors, non-traditional, distance, veteran, probation/suspension, LGBTQ students)
      • Supporting the Whole Student
    • Emphasis II: Success Through Coaching/Mentoring/Tutoring
      • Within the Curriculum
      • Beyond the Curriculum
    • Emphasis III: Success Through Student Advising/Counseling
      • Career Services and Development/Working toward Success
      • Internships and Service Activities for Adult or Traditional Learners
      • Financial Aid Issues and Support
      • Academic Advising
    • Emphasis IV: Success Through Technological/Data-Driven Approaches
      • Using technology to better support a programmatic outcome
      • Using data analysis to better support a programmatic outcome
  • Audiovisual needs: Please indicate required AV equipment—LCD projector, external audio speakers, internet connection, flipchart with markers. Wireless internet access will be available throughout the conference space.

Submission of Proposals

Click to Propose

 

2016 Innovations Grants for Student Success & Retention Grant

Grant Purpose & Amounts

This March the Office of the Provost will award up to a total of $50,000 (unlimited matching grants of up to $10,000) to the TTU organizations, colleges, and programs proposing to innovatively enhance their student success and retention in 2016.

Matching Requirements

All awards must be matched 1:1 by the proposing entity as a condition of receiving the award. No “in-kind” matching proposals can be considered.

Submission Materials

To be considered for the 2016 Innovations in Student Success & Retention Grant submit the following:

  1. Cover sheet (see below for required format). Cover sheet is not included in page limit.
  2. Narrative (not to exceed 5 typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman, 12 point pages), to include
    • a description of the entity’s retention efforts,
    • evidence of undergraduate student retention effectiveness over the last five years,
    • an outline and timeline of how this innovative effort will be implemented and assessed in 2016,
    • a sustainability plan for this and the entity’s other sophomore/second year retention efforts, and
    • responses to the criteria below.
  3. Detailed Budget (one page maximum)

Criteria

  1. What contribution does the entity make to overall undergraduate student retention at Texas Tech?
  2. In what ways will the proposed effort improve student success and retention at Texas Tech?
  3. How does/will the entity measure and assess undergraduate student retention?
  4. How does/will the entity apply its assessed findings to advance the “effectiveness” of each effort?
  5. How will the entity’s innovations/enhancements make use of or collaborate with the student success programs at Texas Tech University (e.g., Learning Center, Writing Center, Campus Life, etc.)?
  6. What is the researched and/or data-driven basis for this approach?
  7. How are entity faculty and staff involved in the entity’s undergraduate student retention efforts?

Cover Sheet Format

Title, centered:   2016 INNOVATIONS IN STUDENT SUCCESS & RETENTION GRANT
Name of entity, centered:        NAME OF ENTITY
Name of senior-most leader, with signature line, centered:   ENTITY HEAD

Submission Process & Contact Information

  • Electronically deliver the Proposal Submission Materials (including signed cover sheet) no later than
    5:00 PM on February 11, 2016, to success@ttu.edu.
  • For additional information please contact Joshua Barron, Director for Student Success & Retention, at joshua.barron@ttu.edu.

Exhibitors & Event Sponsors

Student Success & Retention (SSR) at Texas Tech University invites you to participate in its inaugural Regional Symposium on Student Success & Retention. This event offers many opportunities for Exhibitors and Sponsors to connect with motivated and in-touch individuals while also demonstrating support for education's efforts to improve student success, retention, persistence, and graduation.

Exhibitor

Exhibitors receive the following: an exhibit booth with one representative; company name, logo, and contact information listed in the symposium bulletin; one electronic copy of the attendee list; and one copy of the Symposium Proceedings per company (if desired). Representatives will have full access to all sessions.

  • Exhibit Booth - $300 (Required; Includes One Representative)
  • Additional Representatives - $100 per person

Exhibitor and Sponsor

TTU Office of the President
TTU Office of the Provost
TTU Division of Undergraduate Education & Student Affairs
Civitas Learning
TTU Center for Active Learning & Undergraduate Engagement
Townsend Communications
Pharos Resources
Visual Schedule Builder
Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Exhibitors have the opportunity to sponsor an event at the Regional Symposium on Student Retention. As a sponsor you will receive all of the above, plus signage and acknowledgement during the sponsored event, one quarter page ad in the conference program and one electronic attendee list. You will receive either a list before the conference that includes all participants who have signed up through the Early Bird Registration deadline or a final attendee list post-event. Sponsorship opportunities include:

  • Day #1 Keynote Luncheon - $2,000
  • Day #1 Mariachi Social - $1,500
  • Day #2 Plenary Session - $1,000
  • Day #2 Keynote Luncheon - $2,000
  • Day #2 Innovation Grant Awards Ceremony - $500
  • Day #2 Continental Breakfast (1 spots available) - $250
  • Networking Breaks (2 spots available) - $100

Additional Exhibitor Options

Exhibitor Presentations

Company representatives may apply for a presentation time block which occurs during the concurrent sessions. These spaces are very limited.

Bulletin Advertisements

Promotional ads in the event handout bulletin are also be available.

  1. ¼ page - $50
  2. ½ page - $100
  3. Full page - $150

Additional Details

Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration

To ensure your booth space, all registrations for exhibits at the Regional Symposium on Student Retention must be received by February 15, 2016.

In addition, you must sign and return the Rules and Regulations to the SSR office at success@ttu.edu.

Payment Terms

Payment of the balance is due at the time of registration. Upon receipt of both the completed registration and payment, the information for Exhibitors/Sponsors will be reviewed for acceptance by Student Success & Retention (SSR) at Texas Tech University (TTU), the sponsor of the Regional Symposium on Student Success & Retention.

Registrations are reviewed for acceptance on a first-paid, first-come, first-reviewed basis. Acceptance of the registration as an Exhibitor/Sponsor is at the sole discretion of the SSR. Exhibitors/Sponsors will be notified of the status of their registration within 3 business days of the completed application.

Notice of Cancellation

The SSR office must receive notification of cancellation of approved Exhibitor/Sponsor space or participation in writing by February 20, 2016 in order to receive a refund of the initial deposit or full payment, less a $50 processing fee. No refunds will be granted after February 20, 2016.