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APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Day Three - Saturday, April 6


8:45 AM Tracks

The "Pathway" to Academic Success: The Role of Supplemental Instructional in the Camino Program

Time: 8:45 am 
Speaker: Dr. Katherine Aquino, Rosemary Osso, and 
Dr. Pamela Jimenez, Manhattan College

Moving from Panic to Purpose: Responding to Changes in Your Career

Time: 8:45 am 
Speaker: Amy Waninger, Lead at any Level, LLC

Your industry is changing more rapidly than ever before, bringing a barrage of discussions about disruption, agility, and resilience. Professionals who adapt quickly can seize new opportunities and manage their careers. This session will introduce various models for understanding personal and organizational change, as well as techniques for identifying and overcoming fear, resistance, and uncertainty. Participants will work through a guided exercise to prepare for a current or imminent change, and leave with an action plan that puts them in the driver’s seat.

Faculty Mentors and How They Can Help Suspended Students

Time: 8:45 am 
Tara Canfield, WSU Campus of Applied Sciences and Technology

While there is much research validating the effectiveness of informal faculty/student mentoring, structured mentoring programs can also be effective. During this session we will explore a formal faculty/student mentoring program that supports students who have been on financial aid or academic suspension. The challenges that students on suspension encounter will be discussed, in addition to the logistics, interventions, post semester data, and the future blueprint for growth and success of the program.

Restructuring the Path to Graduation with Credit for Prior Learning

Time: 8:40am 
Tracy Robinson,  Interim Director, Center for Academic Retention and Enrichment Services, University of Memphis

Recruiting adult students to higher education is not for the faint of heart, and retaining them to graduation is an even bigger task. With all the things that need to be juggled by this population, finishing the degree often drops to the bottom of the list. This presentation will describe the Finish Line Program, a degree completion initiative that was launched in fall 2013 at the University of Memphis to reach adult students who stopped attending just shy of earning their degree. To date, 575 students have graduated and more than 250 students are currently in various stages of degree completion plans. Over 70% of the credit hours generated through the program are awarded through Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) which reduce cost and time to degree.

PTSD in Higher Ed: How it affects learning and behavior

Time: 8:45 am
Darby Munroe, Trauma Informed Solutions, Indian River State College, and Nova Southeastern University

PTSD in Higher Ed will explore how PTSD affects learning and behavior. Neuroscience shows how trauma changes the brain. Students with PTSD may learn differently and have somatic responses in and out of the classroom making traditional classroom expectations unrealistic. Participants will learn how to recognize symptoms and make accommodations that can help all students.

9:45 AM- 10:45 AM Poster Presentations

Poster Presentation

Pathway Programs: A Framework for Non-Traditional Students 

Time: 9:45 am
Speaker: Dr. Kenneth Ott and Dr. Lynda Dee Davis Ott, Valdosta State University

This Presentation will provide an overview of the pathways programs at Valdosta State University. Specifically this session will focus on the pathway program initiative for non-traditional students. The ability to continue ones educational development may be a unique challenge for non-traditional students. Pathway programs and articulation agreements have come to the forefront of many colleges in the United States and specifically in the state of Georgia. Many universities in the state of Georgia now have articulation agreements with many of the technical colleges in the state. Valdosta State University has signed agreements with almost all technical colleges in the state. Highlighting these agreements are the pathways programs.

Towards Creating an Inclusive Campus Environment for Both Non-Traditional and Traditional Students

Time: 9:45 am 
Speaker: Lauren Remenick Maroon, 
University of Central Florida

Standardized tests are constantly evaluated to check for bias that may affect the students’ score, because testing bias would produce a score that does not represent students’ true knowledge. I propose we do the same with college campuses. Colleges and universities should continually evaluate the campus and learning environment to ensure that it allows all students to thrive equally. It should remove any component that is biased towards helping some students and hindering other students. In this poster session I review current literature on campus fit and cultural congruence for non-traditional students, propose a new way to evaluate college campuses, and discuss how colleges and universities might increase their support for all students.

Additional poster presentations will be available.

11:00 AM Tracks

Bringing awareness on Mental Health issues that many Afro and Latino immigrants face due to lack of information and misconceptions surrounding Mental Health

Time: 11:00 am 
Mrs. Agata Domond, Domond Leadership Institute and Domond Immigrant Adult Learning Center

Bringing awareness to Mental Health issues facing Afro and Latino immigrant students. Provide support strategies for educators to facilitate discussions and improve learning environments. An interactive dialogue focus on my personal path living with Clinical Depression and journey to recovery. Highlighting the signs and symptoms of depression. Creating an atmosphere to discuss mental health and decreasing the stigma in adult learners. Using steps in "Breaking through Clinical Depression - Journey To Greatness" to gain insight on how recovery is possible.

A self-awareness personality can help educators better relate to non-traditional students

Time: 11:00 am 
Lori Huertas

Non-traditional students have different learning styles that are reflected in different academic strengths, weaknesses, skills, and interests. Given the almost unlimited variety of job descriptions within different college majors, it is safe to say that students with every possible learning style have the potential to succeed. Understanding learning style differences is an important step in designing balanced instruction that is effective for all students.

Complete 2 Compete Year One: Implementation, Lessons Learned, and Successes of an Adult Degree Completion Initiative

Time: 11:00 am
Speaker: Drs. Carlos Wilson, Millard Juette Bingham, and Gloria Smith, Jackson                     State University

This presentation will provide an overview of Complete 2 Compete (C2C), which is a statewide program focused on encouraging Mississippi adults who have completed some college, but no degree, to return to college and complete the requirements necessary to earn their degrees. We will discuss the benefits of this program, discuss how it has been implemented, and share the successes of the Jackson State University program specifically.

A Study in Persistence: The weekend college student experience

Time: 11:00 am 
Dr. Ellen C. Miller, Hofstra University

With older students being the new majority on campus today, it is imperative to understand the experience of adult learners who decide to return to school to complete their degree. The reasons for this surge of older students enrolling in undergraduate degree programs include the need for a more educated workforce as well as the national initiative of increasing college degree completion. This qualitative study examined the experiences of graduates of a specialized adult degree program and the ultimate impact it had on their lives.

The 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success

Time: 11:00 am 
Speaker: Dr. Bryan Forsyth, Colorado Technical University, ANTSHE Veteran's Officer

Over the next several years, the number of service members transitioning from military life to civilian life (as veterans) is expected to increase significantly. A growing number of these veterans will be enrolling at America’s colleges and universities as they seek to become career-ready and improve their future prospects for employment. For these veterans, access to higher education is important, but it is not enough; we must help our veterans obtain a degree, certificate, or license. These credentials are valued by employers and serve as a key milestone to future career success. America’s colleges and universities play a critical role in ensuring that veterans have access to high-quality educational experiences and post secondary opportunities. The 8 Keys to Veterans’ Success (8 Keys) highlight specific ways that colleges and universities can support veterans as they pursue their education and employment goals. 

12:00 Pinnacle Honor Society Sponsored Lunch with Nontrad Student    Panel Discussion: Dr. John Bannister, Johnson C. Smith University and ANTSHE Scholarship Officer, will moderate a panel of nontraditional students who will join us for an open mic discussion about their experiences and will answer your questions in order to help you and your university/organization better understand the needs of nontraditional students and gain insights. 

1:40 PM Tracks

The Problem in Our Textbooks: Encouraging Simplified Grammar

Time: 1:40 pm 
Speaker: Mandie Bauer, ASC English

This workshop focuses on breaking down and simplifying the overly-complicated grammar explanations found in ESL textbooks, especially in the integrated skills. The objective of this workshop is to prove that grammar struggles in the classroom stem from a lack of foundational knowledge often assumed every student has. Our students come from different educational backgrounds, yet they sit in a classroom together with the same materials, which assume students have the same understanding of the language and use the same vocabulary to express it. This workshop asks attendees to look at specific grammar examples and discuss methods to effectively teach them. Placing a student in a specific level of English is not good enough. We need to do our best to ensure that they are also on the same page.

The Language Misnomer: Traditional versus Nontraditional: Reality?

Time: 1:40 pm 
Dr Caroline Westerhof, Colorado Technical University and Benedictine University

What is the new normal in higher education? Most enrollees are over 18 years old; some are in their seventies and eighties. Very few high school students are jumping immediately into higher education. Some may take a course or two, hopefully working towards a degree; some may seek a certificate so they can be employed as quickly as possible. The traditional student, labeling as such, is diminishing. Students, over 18, are physically considered "adults." It is all in the definition - we need to change our academic language -let us call "a spade, a spade" Adult higher education is where it is today... Higher education is an interrelated interwoven experience in continuity and purpose. The realization of that truth, and its long-range purpose is "Adult Higher Education." Let us not segregate our academic truths with language that colors negatively the positive learning, personal environments. within adult higher education.

Activity-based Learning in Online Education

Time: 1:40 pm 
Speaker: Dr. David G. Gliddon, 
Dr. Bryan Forsyth, Dr. Trenessa Williams, and Dr. Renee Brent Hotchkiss, Colorado Technical University

This presentation focuses on activity-based learning in an online teaching environment. It will discuss the benefits of activity-based learning and its linkage to critical thinking. Samples of activities used in classes will be shared with attendees. Participants will have the opportunity to gain knowledge from these examples and to brainstorm activity-based learning approaches for their own classrooms. Activity-based learning utilizes student-driven activities such as interactive dialogue, simulations, role plays, games, and other similar techniques to lead students through the learning process.

Holistic Approach to Working with Military Students

Time: 1:40 pm 
Molly Molnar and Ashley Kirwan, Ashford University

The presentation will cover how to best support military students both within and outside the online classroom. You will leave with a comprehensive overview of the current resources that your organization might offer our service members and their families as a military friendly institution. The presentation will offer real student scenarios with ideas on how to approach each one based on best practice. We will also provide practical tools and unique ideas to support our military community by leveraging outside resources and incorporating instructional best practices.

Untapped Leadership: New Strategies That Improve Faculty Engagement of Non-Traditional Learners

Time: 1:40 pm 
Dr. Michael Parsons, Morgan State University

2019 - a watershed year? Two intersecting issues make it likely that higher education faculty have a unique opportunity to improve their leadership in aiding non-traditional learners. First, the League for Innovation in Community Colleges released the results of a survey indicating that non-traditional learners are becoming the majority in community colleges. The league provides a series of strategies designed to aid faculty in increasing learner success. Concurrently, the Association of educating the"whole student." These articles reinforce the need for change that meets the needs of a changing clientele.

The presenter will engage the participants in learning a design including identity, belonging, mattering and resiliency that prepare them to adapt to new clients. Finally, the activity will conclude with an assessment of individual resilience as a strategy for change management

2:40 PM - 3:40 PM Closing Keynote: Dr. Elmore D. Lowery, Fayetteville Technical Community College 

3:40 PM Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony including: Awards, Scholarships, and Announcement of Jackpot Winner $500 Visa Gift Card (must be present to win)! 

5:00 PM Complimentary Shuttle to Disney Springs! Don't forget your free coupon booklet and ANTSHE Discounts

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For the Camino student taking non-remedial English classes, the use of supplemental instruction(SI) assists to decrease the rate of attrition and offer the academic support necessary for retention. The use of SI provides tutor-led sessions for students to compare notes, discuss readings and concepts, and solve difficult problems. Holistically, research indicates that students develop critical thinking and reasoning skills through the SI approach to learning. This presentation presents a case study of SI within a nontraditional academic program and provides best practices on how to incorporate SI for the nontraditional student.


April 1 - October 31

  • Early Registration
May 15
  • Call for Proposals Open
February 18
  • Call for Proposals deadline extended to February 25th.
March 1
  • Deadline for Presenters to Register to be included in Program
April 4-6, 2019
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