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APRIL 4 – 6, 2019 | Orlando, Florida 

Day Two - Friday, April 5


8:45 AM Tracks

New Practices to Increase Academic Success of AAPI Immigrants & Refugees

Time: 8:45 am 
Phoumy Sayavong, Ph.D. and Mildred Lewis, Berkeley City College

Learn about the most up-to-date academic challenges facing new immigrants and refugees; Understand systemic change to improve the academic outcomes for ESL students; Implement effective teaching and student support strategies for ESL students. Often immigrants and refugees end up in the U.S. with limited resources and few readily transferable skills which forces them into low-wage, mostly manual labor jobs and traps families in low-income neighborhoods. Laney College’s Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program uses innovative strategies to address the gaps in retention and success of English language learning (ELL), AAPI immigrants who are seeking technical skills certificates, degrees and transfer pathways to universities.

Adult Learner Focused CBE – The WGU Model of 360-degree Student Support and Program Relevancy

Time: 8:45 am 
Speaker: Dr. Elke M. Leeds, Western Governors University

Today’s students need flexibility. Many are working parents, veterans, career changers and adults seeking to enhance their careers. To keep pace with the ever-evolving career landscape, it’s imperative higher ed institutions explore new strategies to support students as they work to achieve their educational and career goals. This session explores the need to transform the online student experience from a one-size-fits all model into one that offers more specialization within degree programs, targets unique learning and support needs, and helps students focus on what they need to learn, rather than on what they've already mastered. WGU’s CBE model is delivering on its promise of career and social mobility through customized student support and a program relevancy framework.

The Future of Academic Failure and Campus Violence: The Coddling of America

Time: 8:45 am 
 Javier Aguirre, BA, M.ED

There is a notable imbalance between reported successes of the educational system and the actual societal results. The journey from ESEA to No Child Left Behind has seen changes in curriculum, increased efforts at youth counseling, euphemistic distinctions between learning styles and teaching styles, and supposed innovations in teacher and administrative coaching. This paper takes an approach of identifying possible interventions that encourage strong positive changes, not immediately but in opposition of the American mentality of wanting instant results. Short term effects will be seen within 3-5 years, and the long-term results will be seen in the next 10 years. The investment covers Human Capital gains, not remodeling of infrastructure.

Check Your Ish at the Door: Inclusive Practices For Educating the Adult Learner

Time: 8:45 am 
 Rikketta Franklin, The University of Kentucky

The presenter will provide opportunities throughout the presentation for the audience to interact through guided research-based discussion related to how their institutions can include and support adult learners, especially those students of marginalized identities. The presenter will utilize open-ended questions to give members the opportunity to share professional and personal experiences. Program participants will recognize their own cognitive biases, develop techniques to overcome their biases, and be provided with the resources needed to further educate themselves and their colleagues. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore strategies for creating inclusive spaces and supporting adult learners through the challenges of cognitive biases incorporated within instruction.

The Bombing of American Government: A Qualitative Phenomenological Study of Student Veteran’s Academic Performance in POLS 1101-American Government

Time: 8:45 am 
 Wendy Anderson, University of Georgia

As an academic advisor I personally noticed a trend among student veteran that I advise and their academic performance in POLS 1101 – American Government class. Many of my student veterans are very good students and earn mostly A’s and B’s. However, I noticed that their grades in POLS 1101 were much lower, and in many cases failing compared to the grades they made in their other classes. I became curious if this was a trend that was only on my campus or was it a common problem. After speaking with many of my colleagues around the United States, I learned that they too were experiencing the same issue with their student veterans. Given that this issue seemed to be happening all over the country, I decided to conduct a qualitative phenomenological study to determine what student veterans’ lived experiences were in their American Government classes, and why those experiences challenged them to the point of making lower grades than the grades in the rest of their classes. I will present my study in detail.

9:45 AM Keynote Speakers: Dr. Robert Hill, Professor Emeritus (Nova Southeastern University) and Dr. Maria Gambuzza, Assistant Vice-Provost, Academics (Strayer University) Want to Succeed in the Adult Learner Market? Stop Chasing the Next 'Big Thing' and Rededicate Your Institution to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


11:00 AM Tracks

Taking the Creative Leap in Your Courseroom

Time: 11:00am 
Speaker: M
olly Molnar, Ashford University

Learn how to leverage different technologies to bring your online courseroom to life. Increase student engagement and success through the use of videos, social media, and futuristic technology (what is coming next!). Take the reins in your classroom as you become the creator and visionary to successfully increase student learning, satisfaction, and End of Course Survey results through the targeted use of digital tools and technology. Through the use of visuals, demonstrations, self-study techniques, in class learning, on the job training, contextualization, and illustration will move students to see their learning through a practical. 21st century lens. Join us and take away your own novel ways to engage your students.

Technology for Lifelong Learning: Engaging adult learners both in and out of the classroom

Time: 11:00 am 
 Darby Munroe,Trauma Informed Solutions, Indian River State College, and Nova Southeastern University

echnology for Lifelong Learning will cover different ways educators can engage adult learners with technology for success both in and outside the classroom. Topics discussed will include learning and feedback, organization and productivity, motivation styles, professional branding and career development. The goal is to brainstorm ways students can learn and use tools and systems in class that they can benefit from in their personal and professional lives.

An Analysis of Adult Degree Completion Programs: Best Practices and Impact

Time: 11:00 am 
Speaker: Drs. 
Millard Juette Bingham and Jie Ke, Jackson State University

This session will discuss adult degree completion programs and their impact upon nontraditional student success. In particular, (1) lessons learned regarding strengths and weaknesses of programs; (2) exemplary principles of good practice; (3) the impact of the programs on the broader educational activities of institutional providers and the higher education community in general.

Managing conflict online...or online conflict?

Time: 11:00 am 
 Dr. Tricia Berry, Purdue University Global

Relationships in the online environment are very different from those in a face to face classroom. Communication errors are more likely in the online environment. Individuals also tend to feel more anonymous and may be more likely to say things they may not say in a face to face environment. This session will explore research related to managing conflict within the online environment in order to establish a framework for developing a toolbox of techniques that can be applied both in and outside of the classroom. Participants will examine case studies and work together as a group to craft responses/solutions.

The Unspoken Silence

Time: 11:00 am 
Dr. John D Sheuring, Wake Technical Community College

The nontraditional student today is faced with more challenges than a typical student who transitions from high school into a college or university. The complexities that are part of a nontraditional student’s life is fraught with many different issues that can push them into removing themselves from school. With families, work, mental and physical health being some of the largest of concerns for nontraditional students, the need to address each of these complexities is critical to the success of nontraditional student. One of the key issues out of the four addressed is mental health. With the steady increase in military veterans returning back to a civilian environment, individuals who have found themselves out of resources which require them to gain new knowledge to face an ever growing population to compete in a work force that is becoming far more technology based and for families who have had either a job loss, loss of a loved one or for separation and divorces; we are in need of new ideas to help address the staggering increase in mental disorders that have come about from challenges that were not foreseen in the past.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Purdue University Global Sponsored Lunch Keynote: Dr. Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education - Dr. Thompson is a nationally recognized leader in higher education with a focus on policy, student success and organizational leadership and design.

1:40 PM - 2:30 PM Tracks

Teaching Truth & Care to the Ethnically-Diverse Adult Student: Culturally-Responsible Instruction

Time: 1:40 pm 
Speaker: Dr. Janet Barber, 
Independent Scholar - STEAM Research writer / Behavioral ScientistHigher Education Leadership

The presenter is a behavioral social scientist, professor, and higher education administrative leader. She researches, writes, and teaches in the area of cultural andragogy (adult pedagogy), positive psychology and mindfulness. She shares stories of diversity and teaching and how students experience the classroom differently. Dr. Barber looks at the multiplicity and complexity of being able to teach from desk to desk, student to student. Culturally-responsive teachers and professors must be quick witted and above average critical thinkers. Your EQ must be intact and your Ear-Q must be a strong equally important contender. Where’s your skill set? How do you utilize these skill sets in the higher education classroom with students of diverse backgrounds? Come learn and practice. How to help our non-traditional students from diverse cultures and backgrounds will be discussed. The presentation will also teach strategy and principals of culturally-responsive instruction, the necessity of positivity, and brief mindfulness techniques.

Roadmap Career Connection in the Classroom

Time: 1:40 pm 
 Dr. Melissa A Goodson and Andrea Chartier The College of St.                                 Scholastica

The Value of Community: Creating Non-Traditional Student Campus Organizations

Time: 1:40 pm 

Speaker: Glynis Boyd Hughes, Founder/President, Retro Rams, Virginia Commonwealth University

A meaningful collegiate experience for non-traditional students (NTS) has several components, from engaged professors to accessible learning supports. One of the most important aspects of this experience is the NTS' need for community, the sense of belonging influencing everything from student participation on campus to being a supportive member of alumni after graduation. Due to factors such as full-time work and family commitments, NTS may not connect as easily with the campus community when student activities and resources are typically designed for and targeted to the needs and interests of the traditional student. We will examine how being in community supports NTS success overall, ensuring their needs and interests are addressed, and engaging this unique group of students.

Becoming a Student-Ready Institution for Students Experiencing Financial Insecurity

Time: 1:40 pm 
  Dr. Jan Lloyd-Lesley, Seminole State College of Florida, Keren Rohena,  Heart of Florida United Way, and Amy Geist,  NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education

Developing a Community of Learning at a Distance

Time: 1:40 pm 
Dr. Ruby Cain, Lamaiya Lancaster, Molly McGuire, Ball State University

As the transition from classroom to online delivery of adult and community education continues, online group and problem-based learning becomes a more critical necessity. Challenges are presented along with strategies for successful online group engagement, combining collaborative and critical emancipatory inquiry with community development theory.

2:40-2:55 ANTSHE Drop-In Center located outside on the Cypress Patio (weather permitting) - Topics: Student/Veteran services, nontrad student engagement, academic support, organizational leadership. Lead by ANTSHE Board Members.

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Plenary Session: Academic Leadership Panel Discussion with Dr. Aaron Thompson (President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education), Dr. Elke Leeds (Western Governors University), Dr. Keith Smith (Purdue University Global), Dr. Luz Randolph (University of South Florida) and special guest panelists and moderated by Dr. Robert HillProfessor Emeritus (Nova Southeastern University) 

4:40 PM Silent Auction Closes (Silent auction items must be picked up by the end of the conference on Saturday).

5:00-6:30 PM Painting Party (must sign up in advance by selecting this option when registering for the conference. No additional cost, included with full conference registration. No experience necessary [instructor led]). 

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Institutions across the country cultivate campus and community partnerships to remove or reduce barriers for students. Financial insecurity is a reality for students who may be adult learners, veterans, parents, first-generation, or low-income. Institutions must become student-ready, rather than expecting students to be college-ready. Presenters will share about Destination Graduation (Seminole State College of Florida and Heart of Florida United Way resource of Emergency Persistence funding to address a financial crisis), and (examples of institutional emergency aid efforts and resources to assist institutions in implementing aid). 

Participants will identify on- and off-campus partners and begin to chart a path forward as a non-traditional college that is student-ready.

It is necessary for faculty members to find data that can inform his or her teaching methods and collaboratively explore continuous improvement of curriculum in academic programming with other staff members. This session will share practical tips for staff and faculty in connecting skills, experience and learning with the career exploration process inside and outside of the classroom. There will also be opportunity for audience feedback and sharing as we discuss a best practice model for our small private institution in collecting data, developing a road map by program major and implementing it in an academic department.


April 1 - October 31

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