Jul. 16-19, 2024
Denver, CO
Conference

AASCU 2024 Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders

Building Bridges: Educating, Leading, Understanding

Offering opportunities for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.

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AASCU Summer Meeting - July 16-19, 2024 - Denver

“Education is all a matter of building bridges.” –Ralph Ellison

The dominant narrative in today’s media is that we are a people, a nation, a world deeply divided on every front.  These divisions are playing out on our campuses, in classrooms, residence halls, campus quads, and university senates. Against this powerful narrative, campus leaders, faculty, and staff at regional public universities are finding ways to bridge the divides.

Who should attend?

  • Provosts/Chief Academic Affairs Officers
  • Assistant and Associate Provosts
  • Student Affairs Leaders
  • Assistant and Associate Vice Presidents
  • Deans and Directors
  • Assistant and Associate Deans
  • Department chairs
  • Program coordinators

Benefits of participation:

  • Attendees gain knowledge and tools and have opportunities to build skills that are immediately applicable to their jobs.
  • Attendees have valuable opportunities to reflect individually, collectively within their campus teams, and across institutions on their work and common successes and challenges.
  • Participants will hear from, and engage in conversations, with experts and peers pushing the boundaries of what is possible across higher education.
  • Sessions are focused on and calibrated to the successes and challenges of regional comprehensive institutions.
  • Sessions are anchored in AASCU’s commitment to advancing equitable student success and the key considerations (e.g. practices, mindsets, policies, and structures) of what it takes to be a truly student-centered enterprise.

Program highlights

We offer a rare opportunity for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.

AASCU’s Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders are a place of welcoming, acceptance, and belonging. Content presented celebrates and strives to advance the work accomplished at regional comprehensive institutions. Speakers, participants, and staff alike are committed to learning from and growing together.

The role of the university, especially in a contentious time, is all a matter of building bridges, to echo the great American writer Ralph Ellison.  AASCU’s Summer Meeting for Academic Affairs and Student Affairs Leaders will focus on the many ways, in multiple contexts, that regional public universities are modeling bridge building:

  • Between academic affairs and student affairs through collaborations to help students succeed
  • Among academic disciplines through transdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Between campus and community through experiential learning and applied research
  • Between the academy and industry through cooperative partnerships
  • Among students with differing political views through deliberative dialogues
  • Among cultures and faiths through interfaith dialogue
  • Among racial differences through intentional racial healing and transformation
  • Among nations through international agreements and exchanges
  • Among institutions through innovative alliances, collaborations, and mergers

This convening will focus on the many positive, impactful efforts to build bridges across differences. We tend to focus on the negative, the divides, ideological, political, social, cultural, geographical, socioeconomic, racial.

We will highlight the bridge builders on our campuses and in our communities.

Schedule at a Glance
12–5 p.m. Student Success Equity Intensive Lunch & Meeting
12–8:30 p.m. 2023-2024 Becoming a Provost Academy Programming
5:30–7 p.m. Reception for Learning Communities
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. 2023-2024 Becoming a Provost Academy Programming
8-11 a.m. Academy for New Provosts Meeting
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Grants Resource Center Private Consultations
8 a.m.-12 p.m. Academic Planning for Equitable Student Success Breakfast and Program
9:30–11:30 a.m.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Strategies for Leaders
Facilitated by Every Learner Everywhere

  • Karen Cangialosi, Director, Every Learner Everywhere
  • Norma Hollebeke, Senior Manager, Network Programs and Services, Every Learner Everywhere
Preparing for the Next Decade in Student Mental Health and Well-Being: Critical To Dos for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders
Facilitated by EAB

  • Angela Street, Director of Research Advisory Services, EAB
9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

PROVOST-ONLY WORKSHOP
(lunch included)

Assessing Academic Program Vitality in Challenging Times

  • Terry Brown, Vice President of Academic Innovation and Transformation, AASCU
  • Jay Johnson, Associate Provost, Academic Operations and Development, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Junius Gonzales, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Montclair State University (NJ)
  • Jamie Hooyman, Provost, Northwest Missouri State University
  • Charles L. Welch, President and CEO, AASCU
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30–2:30 p.m.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS

Building Campuses Where Hate Can’t Thrive: What Campus Leaders Should Know
Facilitated by Polarization & Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University.

  • La’Nita Johnson, Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University (DC)
  • Marylin Rodriguez, Senior Curriculum and Training Manager, American University (DC)
Smart Course Scheduling: Integrating Degree Maps, Advising, and Course Scheduling to Improve Student Outcomes
3:45–5:15 p.m. Opening Plenary

  • Rondall E. Allen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Elliot Felix, Student success author, speaker, and consultant
  • Scott R. Furlong, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, State University of New York at Oswego
  • Latoya Jenkins, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Experience, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Kathleen G. Kerr, Vice President for Student Affairs, State University of New York at Oswego
5:15–7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
8–9 a.m.

BREAKFAST & MEETINGS

Breakfast
Provost-only Breakfast
Supported by Ad Astra

  • Ashley Finley, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Morgan Taylor, AASCU
Focus Group: Optimizing Program Evaluation with Data & AI

  • Zachary Paz, Gray Associates
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Grants Resource Center Private Consultations
9–10:15 a.m. Plenary Session

  • Karin Fischer, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Joann Ng Hartmann, Senior Impact Officer, NAFSA
  • Jonah Kokodyniak, Executive Vice President, Institute of International Education
  • Heidi Manley, Chief of USA Study Abroad, U.S. Department of State
10:45–11:35 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Agents of Democracy: Showing Students Their Power at the Polls and Beyond

  • Elizabeth Bennion, Indiana University South Bend
  • Kara Dillard, James Madison University (VA)
  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Lead and They Will Follow: Strengthening Male Students to Excel in STEM Matriculation

  • Roderick Heath, Fayetteville State University (NC)
  • Erin White, Fayetteville State University (NC)
Student Mobility Between US and China to Enhance Campus and Community Understanding

  • Shen Xuesong, Embassy of People’s Republic of China in the United States of America
  • Julie Whitlow, Salem State University (MA)
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m.

LUNCH & ROUNDTABLES

Lunch
Lunch Roundtable 1
Lunch Roundtable 2
Chinese Embassy Lunch Meeting
1–1:25 p.m.

PROMISING PRACTICES

Unexpected Benefits of a Hiring-Focused Diversity Project

  • Grady Dixon, Fort Hays State University (KS)
Water Connects Us All: Water as an Interdisciplinary Education Opportunity

  • Mia Pino, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Bridging Academic and Student Affairs: The Academic Recovery Program Experience in Supporting Scholars to SOAR!

  • Kennybel Peña, City University of New York, York College
A Transdisciplinary Degree Integrating STEM, Social Science, and Humanities to Nimbly Address Workforce and Societal Needs in Emerging Technologies

  • Brian F. Martensen, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Molly Schaefer, Minnesota Polytechnic and Applied Learning Institute (MinnPoly)
1:35–2:25 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

“ACEing” Student Success: Campus-Community Bridges to Support Career Readiness

  • Drew Miller, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Lee M. Miller, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Taylor Morrison, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Michael T. Stephenson, Sam Houston State University (TX)
Creating a Culture of Wellness: How Student and Academic Affairs can Collaborate in Support of Students

  • Vernon J. Hurte, Towson University (MD)
  • Melanie Perreault, Towson University (MD)
Getting to Distributed Leadership: The Imperative to Re-Imagine Professional Development in An Era of Resource Constraints

  • Junius Gonzales, Montclair State University (NJ)
Optimizing the Course Schedule to Improve Student Success

  • Laura Hunter, Ad Astra
  • Molly Kerby, Western Kentucky University
  • Samantha Raynor, AASCU
  • Duane Williams, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
2:35–3 p.m.

PROMISING PRACTICES

Navigating Program Currency: A Data-informed Approach to Enhancing Relevance and Workforce Preparedness

  • Kim Purdy, University of South Carolina Upstate
  • Pamela Steinke, University of South Carolina Upstate
Innovative Approaches to implement Advising Redesign
The 13th Year as a Bridge to College Success

  • Michelle Pierce, Salem State University (MA)
Building Bridges: How to Adapt and Use Mentor Maps to Support the Success of Academic Leaders and Create More Inclusive Leadership Pipelines

  • Lisa Hanasono, National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD)
Building Bridges to Circle In on Student Success
3:15–4:05 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Advancing Inclusive Excellence with Undergraduate Teaching Assistants: Connecting Support for Faculty and Student Success

  • Hediyeh Arasteh, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Michael Benitez, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Rebecca Forgash, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
When Change is Overwhelming: Designing an Incremental Change Model

  • Laura Hunter, Ad Astra
  • Samantha Raynor, AASCU
Bridging Student Success and Lifelong Learning: The Critical Role of Strategic Systemwide Partnerships

  • Michael T. Stephenson, Sam Houston State University (TX)
Career Readiness & Income Opportunities for Undocumented Students

  • Gregor Mieder, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
4:15–5:30 p.m. Plenary Session

  • David Birdsell, Provost, University (NJ)
  • Lynn M. Gangone, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
  • Ashley Finley, Vice President of Research and Senior Advisor to the President, American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
  • Renise Walker, Assistant Director of Systems Innovation, Colorado Workforce Development Council
  • Martin Van Der Werf, Director of Editorial and Education Policy, The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
5:30–6:30 p.m. Reception and Poster Session
7:30–8:30 a.m.

BREAKFAST & MEETINGS

Breakfast
Breakfast Roundtable 1
Breakfast Roundtable 2
Focus Group
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Grants Resource Center Private Consultations
8:30–9:20 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Chess or Tic-Tac-Toe: Strategies to Build Bridges in Civic Engagement

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Timothy K. Eatman, Rutgers University Newark (NJ)
  • Ioana Hulbert, Ithaka S+R
  • Steven Koether,
    Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Elizabeth Parmelee, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Willie Redmond, Southeast Missouri State University
Harnessing Data for Equitable Student Success: Weber State’s Journey

  • Ivana Fredotovic, Weber State University (UT)
  • Ravi Krovi, Weber State University (UT)
Institutional Collaborations for Student Success Beyond Academic Affairs

  • Chaudron Gille, University of North Georgia
  • David Jenks,
    Middle Georgia State University
  • Costas Spirou, Georgia College & State University
9:30–9:55 a.m.

PROMISING PRACTICES

MADE for Success: Creating an Environment to Support the Needs of Minority Students

  • Kristy Lee, University of Montevallo (AL)
  • Jason Perry, University of Montevallo (AL)
A Bridge to a Healthier Life: Implementing a Campus-Wide Wellness Program

  • Tracey Matthews, Jacksonville State University (AL)
  • Joshua Robinson, Jacksonville State University (AL)
Apprenticeship to Degree Pathways to Workforce through Industry Partnerships at 4-year Universities

  • Leamor Kahanov, Alvernia University (PA)
10:15–11:05 a.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Building a University/K12 Collaborative Partnership

  • Andrea Barber, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Bryan Bohanan, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
  • Meghan MacNeil, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)
Bridges: A Seamless Pathway from Community College to a Four-year Degree

  • Kathleen McAteer,
    Washington State University Tri-Cities
Leveraging Leading Indicators for Student and Institutional Success

  • Bonnie Becker, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Melanie Hulbert, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • Samantha Raynor, AASCU
  • Eugene Van Sickle, University of North Georgia
11:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Closing Plenary

  • Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith America
  • Timothy K. Eatman, Inaugural Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University Newark (NJ)
1–8 p.m. 2024-2025 Becoming a Provost Academy
Impact

2023 summer meeting highlights:

4.5/5

Rating for relevance of topics and issues covered.

4.5/5

Rating for the quality of speakers.

85%

Percent of attendees that felt more connected to their colleagues after attending.

“Everything about the conference was inclusive, affirmative, and substantive as well as convivial. I enjoyed it and found it terrifically useful.”

Comment from 2023 attendee evaluation

“We are in challenging times, but we have talented and dedicated colleagues all over the country. AASCU’s mission is more important than ever!”

Comment from 2023 attendee evaluation
Confirmed Speakers
Rondall Allen

Rondall E.

Allen

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

David Birdsell

David

Birdsell

Provost

Kean University (NJ)

Terry Brown

Terry

Brown

Vice President of Academic Innovation and Transformation

AASCU

Karen Cangialosi

Karen

Cangialosi

Director

Every Learner Everywhere

Tim Eatman

Timothy

Eatman

Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community

Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)

Elliot Felix

Elliot

Felix

Student success author, speaker, and consultant

Ashley Finley

Ashley

Finley

Vice President of Research and Senior Advisor to the President

American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)

Karin Fischer

Karin

Fischer

Senior writer

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Scott R.

Furlong

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

State University of New York at Oswego

Lynn M. Gangone

Lynn M.

Gangone

President and Chief Executive Officer

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)

Junius

Gonzales

Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Montclair State University (NJ)

Joann Ng Hartmann

Joann Ng

Hartmann

Senior Impact Officer

NAFSA

Norma Hollebeke

Norma

Hollebeke

Senior Manager, Network Programs and Services

Every Learner Everywhere

Latoya Jenkins

Latoya

Jenkins

Vice President of Enrollment Management of Student Experience

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

La'Nita Johnson

La’Nita

Johnson

Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)

American University (DC)

Kathleen G. Kerr

Kathleen G.

Kerr

Vice President for Student Affairs

State University of New York at Oswego

Jonah Kokodyniak

Jonah

Kokodyniak

Executive Vice President

Institute of International Education

Heidi Manley

Heidi

Manley

Chief, USA Study Abroad

U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Eboo Patel

Eboo

Patel

Founder and President

Interfaith America

Marylin Rodriguez

Marylin

Rodriguez

Senior Curriculum and Training Manager

American University (DC)

Angela Street

Angela

Street

Director of Research Advisory Services

EAB

Martin Van Der Werf

Martin

Van Der Werf

Director of Editorial and Education Policy

The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce

Renise Walker

Renise

Walker

Assistant Director of Systems Innovation

Colorado Workforce Development Council

Charles L. Welch, II

Charles L.

Welch

President and CEO

AASCU

Registration Information
Attendee Type By April 29    After April 29   
Member Rate, Full Conference  $700  $800 
*Team Rate, Members-only (per person for a group of three or more from the same member campus)   $650  $750 
Campus presenter (only for invited presenters)   $650  $650 
Non-Member Rate, Full Conference $950 $950
Thought Partners $800

 

*To register three or more team members to receive the discounted rate, please contact Felicia Durham.

Not sure if your institution is a member?  Check our member map.

 

Participants who cannot attend are eligible for partial refunds as follows:

  • Cancellation requests received until Wednesday, May 22, 2024 (5pm ET) will be charged a $250 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations received between May 22 and June 21, 2024, 5 p.m. (ET) will incur a $500 cancellation fee.
  • Cancellations received after 5 p.m. (ET) on June 21, 2024, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds.

All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the refund request. When writing to cancel or submit a refund request, please email meetings@aascu.org.

Accommodations

Hilton Denver City CenterHilton Denver City Center  
1701 California Street 
Denver, Colorado 80202
Phone: (303) 297-1300

Reserve by June 25.

Hilton Denver City Center is in the heart of Denver, a half-mile from the Colorado Convention Center. Larimer Square, Coors Field and the Denver Performing Arts Complex are all within a mile. Just a block from the hotel is 16th Street, a popular stretch for dining, nightlife and shopping.

Room rate: Rooms in the AASCU Room Block $219 (plus taxes and fees).

Meeting attendees must confirm their reservation Tuesday, June 25, 2024. The hotel may accept reservation requests after June 25 as space is available and at market rates.

Check-In / Checkout

Guest accommodation will be available at 4 p.m. on arrival day and reserved until 11 a.m. on departure day.

Note: All requests for early check-in are REQUESTS.

Group Rates

Group rates may be honored three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. Book early.

Note: We cannot provide or honor the group rate for reservations made outside the block or via third parties (Expedia, Tripadvisor, Kayak, etc.).   

Early Departure Fee

If a guest checks out before the reserved checkout date, the Hotel will add an early checkout fee to the guest’s account. Guests wishing to avoid an early checkout fee should advise the Hotel one business day before arrival.

Cancellation Policy

Should you need to cancel your reservation, please notify the Hotel at least 48 hours before your arrival date to avoid a one-night deposit fee.

Hilton Denver City Center Amenities 

UPS Store – All packages will incur handling fees will apply. Please contact UPS at 303-312-5419 or store6612@theupsstore.com for information regarding package handing rates.

  • M-F 9 am – 5pm
  • Closed Saturday and Sunday

Travel Information 

  • Centennial Airport – 16 miles
  • Denver, CO (Denver International Airport – 24 miles)
  • Convenience: An airport rail line whisks visitors to the downtown area for only $10 each way with discounts available here.

Sustainable Meetings in Denver

Things to Do in Denver

AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols.

Before leaving home

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event.
  • We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings.

Onsite during the event

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk.
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask.
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes.
  • If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings.
  • If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing meetings@aascu.org.

AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies.

All meetings and conferences sponsored by AASCU are inclusive and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. Please request accessibility services when you register and contact us if you need auxiliary aids or services.

By participating in an AASCU conference, you are automatically authorizing AASCU to use your name, photograph, voice, or another likeness for purposes related to the mission of AASCU, including but not limited to publicity, marketing, websites, social media vehicles, and any other AASCU-related electronic forms or media for the promotion of AASCU and its various programs.

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