Thursday, February 6
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Morning Preconference Session: Familiarization with Military Training (Part 1)
12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Afternoon Preconference Session: Models for Providing Credit for Military Training (Part 2)
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Red Balloon Steering Committee Meeting
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Workshop for New Provosts (No charge for registered attendees, RSVP required)
4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Friday, February 7
7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
7 a.m. - 8 a.m.
7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Breakfast Meeting for Women Provosts
7 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
8:45 a.m. – 10 a.m.
10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Concurrent Session: Finding Success and Savings through Hybrid Course Delivery
University of Texas at Tyler initiated a program called Patriots Applying Technology for Success and Savings (PATSS) that employs the hybrid format and project-based learning to increase student learning, engagement, satisfaction, and retention; facilitate shortened time to degree; support core curriculum objectives of critical thinking, teamwork, and personal responsibility; maximize facility utilization; and reduce capital costs of building, maintaining, and operating new instructional space. UT at Tyler is finding learning gains and are studying engagement and savings as the program evolves. Ten degrees are being redesigned into fully hybrid programs. Costs will be $8 million over five years, while revenue from increased enrollment and savings is expected to be more than $4 million a year once the program is fully implemented.
Presenters: Alisa White, Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Scott Marzilli, Assistant Vice President for Academic Innovation and Student Success, University of Texas at Tyler
Concurrent Session: “Complete in Four": Changing the Campus Culture at Indiana University Kokomo
This session focuses on a series of retention efforts undertaken at the 100% commuter campus of a four year regional institution, Indiana University (IU Kokomo). These efforts have led to an increase in retention and a change in the campus culture to "complete in four". Many of IU Kokomo’s students have complicated lives and are often place-bound within the region it serves. These students are often first generation students and/or low income students and are at heightened risk of dropping out. Therefore, IU Kokomo’s efforts have helped an at-risk population move towards graduation.
Presenters: Kathy Parkison, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Michael Tulley, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Indiana University Kokomo
Concurrent Session: Leading with Learning—An Assessment-based Integrative Learning Model
The determination of quality in higher education has shifted from a focus on teaching to an examination of learning. Stakeholders are exerting pressure on institutions to address this new paradigm of evidence-based student learning in three significant ways: demonstrate greater explicitness regarding connections among learning goals, create more opportunities for students to pursue these goals and present evidence of success that students are indeed achieving these objectives. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has committed to providing instructional, co-curricular and personal development opportunities for students to acquire ten Essential Learning Outcomes (ELOs) that are critical to 21st century success. The presenters describe the procedural, conceptual and practical paths to setting up the ELO model and emphasize the central role that assessment has played in all the developmental phases.
Presenters: Harvey Kesselman, Provost & Executive Vice President. Susan Davenport, Vice Provost for E-learning and Sonia Gonsalves, Professor of Psychology and Director of Academic Assessment, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Concurrent Session: The U Project and Families First Program: New Pathways to Community Engagement
This presentation details two replicable programs underway at Fitchburg State University, both of which meet a central tenet of our mission by serving the larger community. The U Project dedicates resources to strengthen a non-profit community organization through a partnership with the university wherein faculty, staff and students share their skills and knowledge resulting in a true service learning experience. The community organization measures the effectiveness of practice and identifies emerging social treads that invite research and experimentation. The Families First Program provides parents of first-generation students the opportunity to access to higher education by offering a course free of charge to each parent.
Presenters: Robin Bowen, Executive Vice President and Provost and John Chetro-Szivos, Executive Director of Community Development and Civic Engagement, Fitchburg State University
Concurrent Session: Empowering Leaders: Professional Development for Department Chairs During Systemic Challenges and Transformational Change
On any campus, professional development is a necessary resource when transforming the learning environment. Professional development for faculty is generally the first priority identified, developed and implemented on a college campus. Such was the case at Jacksonville State University (Ala.), where systemic challenges forced transformational change that required professional development initially for faculty. Not far behind, however, was a plan to provide professional development for department chairs, both seasoned and new, in order to support them in their roles as administrators in a rapidly changing environment and to equip them with the tools needed to lead. Presenters share their year-long professional development experience with department chairs and discuss plans to sustain the focused meetings into the future. A departmental chair discusses how the professional development led to the implementation of a curriculum review and modifications to academic programs and a change in his approach to leadership.
Presenters: Becky Turner, Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs; Alicia Simmons, Executive Director, Planning & Research and Institute for Research & Collaboration; and Bill Scroggins, Head, Department of Finance, Economics and Accounting, Jacksonville State University (Ala.); Alice Taylor-Colbert, Campus Dean, University of South Carolina Union
Concurrent Session: Transforming Faculty and Student Narratives for Success in the First Year—Northern Arizona University's First Year Learning Initiative
Northern Arizona University’s First Year Learning Initiative (FYLI) challenges conventional wisdom about motivating faculty to implement best practices across the first year. FYLI also challenges conventional wisdom about promoting success by asking more, not less, from students. Over 55 courses completed FYLI course redesign, with 96% of the first year cohort (+4,500) participating in at least one FYLI course. FYLI courses increase student success, embody best practices in design/delivery, increase the use of institutional early warning alerts and early semester student assessment, and increase the extent and quality of course coordination. This session explores how faculty are powerfully engaged in this initiative, how choices in design and delivery affect student success, and how FYLI can help you change the narrative at your institution.
Presenters: Blase Scarnati, Director, First and Second Year Learning; Co-Director, First Year Learning Initiative and Michelle Miller, Professor of Psychology and Co-Director, First Year Learning Initiative Northern Arizona University
Concurrent Session: Disruptive Analytics—Using Data to Challenge Myth and Legend and Catalyze Institutional Change In the last few years, data analytics has received significant attention as a mechanism to improve campus operations and student learning and success. In this session, presenters describe one campus’ approach to using data analytics to challenge long-held beliefs about students and their academic performance on campus and the mechanisms that support, (or it turns out, don’t support) student learning and success. This session covers the organizational approach to data analytics and how it is positioned within and outside the institution to influence institutional policy and engage campus groups.
Presenters: Lisa Foss, Associate Provost, Strategy, Planning and Effectiveness and Miguel Martinez-Saenz, Dean, University College, St. Cloud State University (Minn.)
11:15 a.m. – Noon
Concurrent Session: Institutional Consolidation: Opportunities and Challenges
Presenters: Patricia Donat, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of North Georgia
This session provides a first-person account of opportunities and challenges during the consolidation of North Georgia College & State University, a Level V institution of 6500 students, and Gainesville State College, a Level II institution of 8700 students. Practical tips and lessons learned for academic leaders who may be leading institutional consolidations or similar significant institutional changes.
Concurrent Session: Chasing the Sun—Innovative Use of an International Partnership in Globalization of an Honors Program
The presenters share an overview of the journey taken by Jacksonville State University (JSU) to provide faculty and students with a more global perspective, with highlights from the globalization of its Honors Program. The development of international partnerships has been integral to advancing JSU’s strategic decision to internationalize and has allowed JSU to develop cost-effective international exchanges. In addition to sharing strategies from JSU’s approach to globalization and best practices for building international partnerships, the presenters also provide practical information about developing and leading cultural exchange visits between students and faculty from JSU and one of JSU’s Chinese partner universities, Taizhou University in Linhai City, PRC.
Presenters: Gena Christopher, Instructor of English and QEP Chair and Lisa Williams, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Jacksonville State University (Ala.)
Concurrent Session: Leveraging Social Media for Recruitment and Retention Outreach
Today’s students are smart, creative, tech-savvy and accustomed to having information at their fingertips. In 2013, Facebook alone reached more than one billion active users, the majority of which reside in the coveted 18-24 demographic. It is estimated that 84% of today’s students own a smart phone. Why then are so few institutions using real-time social and mobile communication tools for student recruitment and retention outreach? Establishing strong relationships during the recruitment cycle encourages students to enroll. Maintaining them encourages students to graduate. You can create a cost-effective, real-time, student-centered outreach program using dedicated staff members and social media tools. Learn how Enrollment Management offices can leverage the use of social communication technology to forge crucial relationships with students that carry measurable results
Presenters: Corie Martin, Manager of Creative Web Services and Barbara Burch, Provost Emeritus, Western Kentucky University
Concurrent Session: Students First—Re-organizing Academic Affairs to Ensure Work-ready Graduates
For any organization to function effectively and efficiently, systems and processes must be aligned and fine-tuned to ensure robust, nimble and dynamic functionality. A major objective undertaken within academic affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been an evaluation and analysis of its organizational structure. The purpose of this process was to determine how academic affairs could become more functionally vibrant, thus capable of ensuring that "Students First" is a fact and is integrated into every facet of our academic affairs functions. The outcome resulted in major changes that are having transformational effects on alignment of processes and procedures and on assessment and measureable learning outcomes.
Presenter: Jerald Ainsworth, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Concurrent Session: Academic Master Planning in an Age of Disruption
Georgia is moving to performance-based funding for universities and colleges beginning in 2015. This "new normal" necessarily creates a sense of urgency requiring a shift of focus and resources to retention, progression and timely graduation. Inherent in this shift is the need for a disruptive academic master plan that is developed, implemented and assessed by deans, department chairs, and faculty. Presenters share a blueprint for a disruptive academic master planning process that is based on an adaptation of the work of Linda Ackerman Anderson and Dean Anderson (2010). This process was implemented at Middle Georgia College, a 5-campus college with close to 8,000 students and 300 faculty. Challenges, outcomes and next steps are discussed.
Presenters: Marti Venn, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Middle Georgia State College
Karla Hull, Professor, Curriculum, Leadership, & Technology, Valdosta State University (Ga.)
Concurrent Session: Nurturing Leadership
With extensive hiring and retirement it is likely that within 2 years 25% of the faculty at Cal Poly Pomona will have served less than 4 years. While this may contribute to academic vibrancy, it may also create a leadership vacuum, at the department chair level and beyond. We are undertaking multiple steps to strengthen Cal Poly’s leadership pipeline. The university Faculty Center for Professional Development offers a seminar series on departmental leadership and there are mentoring programs and workshops for new chairs. Chair evaluation processes have been strengthened to foster growth. Supported by external funding, a faculty learning community to promote department leadership will be established. The presenters support participation of promising department chairs and faculty in junior leadership roles in external leadership development programs such as HERS.
Presenters: Marten denBoer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Shanthi Srinivas, Associate Vice President, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Concurrent Session: Creating the Master Academic Plan to Change the University Culture
If student learning is at the center of higher education, then master academic planning should be at the center of all college/university planning. Bemidji State University faculty purposely created a Master Academic Plan during the 2012 fall semester, prior to the creation of a new university strategic plan, engaging the entire campus community to set the beliefs, values, vision and goals for academic programming. The process, lessons learned and recommendations are shared.
Presenters: Martin Tadlock, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Jeanine Gangeness, Dean, School of Nursing, Bemidji State University (Minn.)
Noon – 2 p.m.
Noon – 2 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own
Lunch for Provosts of Color
Noon – 2 p.m.
2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
4:15 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, February 8
7 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Working Breakfast Sessions
Breakfast Session: Preparing for the Presidential Search: Immediate Considerations as well as the Long View
Presenter: Ann Die Hasselmo
Breakfast Session: Academic Leadership Challenge—Fitting the Square Peg (Teacher Education) into the Round Hole (University)
Colleges and universities need to do a better job recruiting and training good teachers. This demand, while not new, is widespread, immediate and challenging. Strengthening the position of universities in teacher preparation will depend on responses to this need. Success will depend principally on (1) programs focused on clinical experiences, research-based professional practices, and partnerships with P-12 schools and (2) changes in some organizational and administrative structures and processes of institutions that restrict the capacity for teacher education to function efficiently or effectively. Teacher education must function as a professional school with flexibility to realize its unique identity within the context of the university. This session presents ways for academic leaders to achieve university-based teacher preparation that meets needs of schools and students, while also enhancing the status of the university.
Presenters: Barbara Burch, Provost Emeritus and Pamela Petty, Director, WKU Center for Literacy and Professor of Literacy, School of Teacher Education and Kandy C. Smith, Instructor, School of Teacher Education, Western Kentucky University
Breakfast Session: Planning Maps and Revenue Rivers—Reinventing Strategic Planning and Fiscal Management to Thrive amid a Changing Landscape
Responding to fiscal challenges and the need for innovation precipitated by the changing context around higher education requires a rethinking of traditional approaches to strategic planning and fiscal management. The purpose of this presentation is to describe one university's work to change both its strategic planning process and fiscal management philosophy, and to connect the two in order to drive fiscal sustainability and invest in academic priorities.
Presenters: Kay Norton, President, Robbyn Wacker, Provost and Senior Vice President and Michelle Quinn, Senior Vice President for Administration University of Northern Colorado
Breakfast Session: Revising the Core Curriculum—an Inclusive and Collaborative Approach to Developing a New Outcomes-Based General Education Curriculum
Salem State University is completing the first comprehensive revision of its general education curriculum since 1975. While the directive for developing the new general education curriculum was initiated by the university’s academic leadership, the committee tasked with this work developed a process that would engage many stakeholders, anticipate and respond to campus concerns, and consider the revision in light of a range of other campus initiatives and external demands. The session will be of particular interest to universities with collective bargaining models of shared-governance and those looking for strategies to ensure a transparent, inclusive and collaborative process that includes the voices of multiple stakeholders from the time revision is identified as necessary until a new model has been presented to the community.
Presenters: Kristin Esterberg, Provost and Academic Vice President; Elizabeth Duclos-Orsello, Associate Professor;
Emerson (Tad) Baker, Professor; and Neal DeChillo, Associate Provost and Dean, College of Health and Human Services, Salem State University (Mass.)
Breakfast Session: Excellence in Community Engagement & Community-Engaged Scholarship
This session focuses on how The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) has designed a series of initiatives and projects to advance its identity and image as a community-engaged university. A diverse array of strategies used to advance UNCG's identity and reputation are shared, including revisions to promotion and tenure policies, the use of consultants and external speakers on campus and the development of institutional- and system-level metrics. The development of an innovative website and online database system that provides essential data to inform and assist with strategic directions, fundraising, research development, curricular and academic program foci, and the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students is also presented.
Presenters: David Perrin, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and Emily Janke, Associate Professor and Director, Institute for Community and Economic Engagement, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Breakfast Session: Transforming Leadership Development through Training, Mentoring and Experiential Learning
As part of a National Science Foundation grant, the University of Texas – Pan American (UTPA) has developed the ADVANCE Leadership Institute, a comprehensive and integrated leadership development program to prepare the next generation of academic leaders at UTPA and beyond. The Institute curriculum includes a series of workshops on strategic topics such as the role of the leader, decision making, problem solving, negotiation, conflict management and strategic planning. The Institute incorporates mentoring by pairing each participant with an experienced leader or administrator. The semester-long Institute experience is complemented by a subsequent year-long administrative fellowship in a key University office. Graduates of the first cohort, in 2013, reported that the Institute changed their narratives about administration and inspired them to take leadership roles.
Presenters: Marie Mora, Vice Provost Fellow for Faculty Affairs and Ala Qubbaj, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Texas-Pan American
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Plenary on Teaching Demos
9:30 - 10, 10:15-10:45, 11-11:30; 11:45- 12:15
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Lunch and Featured Sessions
2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Session: Comprehensive Enrollment Management Fosters Student Success
Enrollment management requires the integration of many actions. Done effectively, it promotes the successful progress of students to graduation. Academic Affairs at Cal Poly Pomona, in collaboration with other units on campus, has developed a set of programs and processes that include the work of admissions, scheduling, registration and instruction. Admissions recruit students in order to align admits to available instructional capacity. Scheduling allocates seats according to student demand for major and support courses. Registration is structured to enable students to meet both academic and financial constraints. Instruction advances pedagogy that ensures student learning and minimizes repeats. Presenters share their experiences, successes and plans for the future.
Presenters: Marten denBoer, Provost and Vice President for Academic Studies and Claudia Pinter-Lucke, Associate Provost, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Concurrent Session: Stuck in the Middle with You—Moving Forward under Transitional Leadership
Serving as an academic leader is never easy, and those who agree to serve in transitional roles find themselves faced with challenges of moving forward with initiatives in uncertain times. These challenges include dealing with past problems, stabilizing the current environment, navigating campus politics and personalities and gaining buy-in for new projects. This session explores those challenges from the perspectives of two academic administrators who agreed to lead during an unexpected leadership change, and how they work with other administrators, faculty, staff and students to navigate the challenges. Even during times of transition, initiatives to improve student learning and engagement can still progress.
Presenters: Pamela Fly, Acting Vice President, Academic Affairs and Thomas Jackson, Assistant Vice President, Academic Affairs, Northeastern State University (Okla.)
Concurrent Session: How to Establish and Build a Successful Undergraduate Program in Nonprofit Leadership Studies
Dramatic shifts in the support and delivery of critical community programs and services across the country and the globe have been taking place since the early 1980s. From government devolution to increased public scrutiny and from economic pressure to globalization, the nonprofit/nongovernmental sector has steadily emerged as the primary source of commitment and capacity to effectively respond. Higher education is an essential part of the social capital focused on insuring that the sector’s response meets the ever-changing challenges of advancing civil society. This session explores the current reality in nonprofit leadership studies and offers a strategy for building a comprehensive academic system.
Presenters: Jay Morgan, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Robert Long, Professor, Former Vice President of the Kellogg Foundation, Murray State University (Ken.)
Concurrent Session: iPad, You Pad, We All Pad
California State University, Northridge has deployed an iPad and eTextbook project with 1,500 students, 70 faculty and 7 departments. Presenters in this session discuss the theory of change behind the roll-out and illustrate tablet uses in teaching and learning. They also share implications for scaling and financing, and lessons learned through assessment of the initiative.
Presenters: Harry Hellenbrand, Provost; Hilary Baker, Vice President for Information Technology/CIO; Deone Zell, Business Faculty and Senior Director, Academic Technology; and Mary-Pat Stein, Biology Faculty and Academic Technology Fellow, California State University, Northridge
Concurrent Session: Aligning Student Success with Quarter-to-Semester Conversion
Semester Conversion offers an exceptional opportunity to redefine the educational experience at Cal State L.A. and to strengthen our institutional commitment continually to align our curriculum, pedagogy, and services with our educational values and goals. Faculty have a rare chance to develop a curriculum that reflects the distinctive mission of the university, evolving disciplinary concerns, emerging best practices for teaching and learning—all which at the same time address important student success needs. This opportunity allows for a comprehensive reexamination of what has worked—and what hasn’t—in order to better prepare our graduates for entry into professional and civic life. This session presents efforts underway to facilitate and incentivize this important work.
Presenters: Ashish Vaidya, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Philip LaPolt, Associate Vice President, California State University Los Angeles
Concurrent Session: Housemates or Family? Using New Metaphors to Rethink the Library, Student Success, Writing Center Collaboration
Pittsburg State University is responding to changing campus dynamics by rethinking relationships between academic and support units. Nationally, a common reorganization creates new relationships among university libraries, student success programs and writing centers. Shared space does not necessarily produce the kind of synergistic symbiosis that generates new academic ecosystems. While the benign neglect of courteous housemates can go a long way toward easing tensions inherent in space reallocations, simply being nice to each other is not a strong enough response to justify the significant investments made in new library-learning-lifestyle spaces. If synergy is to happen, it must come from a mutually interdependent way of life and shared vision for the future. This presentation illustrates possibilities and obstacles when three units commit to becoming family instead of merely housemates.
Presenters: Lynette Olson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Randy Roberts, Interim Dean, Library Services; Janet Zepernick, Director, Writing Center; and Heather Eckstein, Director, Student Success Programs, Pittsburg State University (Kan.)
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.