The Arkansas College Personnel Association (ArCPA) tomorrow will host its annual Spring Drive In at UCA’s Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center. The theme for the Spring Drive In is “Retaining and Graduating the Millennial Generation,” and the program will feature concurrent programs and two keynote speakers: Jerry Pattengale and Shane Broadway.
Pattengale currently serves as Assistant Vice President for Scholarship and Grants at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU), and he speaks nationally on student success and retention. Pattengale led the development of Indiana Wesleyan University’s first-year experience program centered on a new liberal arts course, “Becoming World Changers,” which increased retention rates from 68 percent to 82 percent. In 2004, IWU received national recognition for these efforts through its selection as a Founding Institution in the Foundations of Excellence program of the National Policy Center (NC). Pattengale will speak specifically on retention and the millennial generation, exploring how to reach this unique generation and positively impact overall retention. He also will host a breakout session, and Drive In participants will receive a free copy of his book, “Why I Teach,” which provides wisdom and guidance in helping teachers see students above their lecture notes.
Broadway represents a portion of Saline and Pulaski Counties in the Arkansas Senate, and he is serving as a member of the Senate Education Committee as well as various other committees. Previously, Broadway served three terms in the Arkansas House of Representatives, from 1997 to 2002. In 2001, he was elected the youngest Speaker of the House in the history of Arkansas. He is a past Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, and he has been chairman of the SLC’s Education Committee. Broadway will speak about the legislature’s current work and the potential implications for higher education, as well as the impact of the new higher education funding bills. He will also highlight how funding will be tied to retention and graduation rates.
UCA is an institutional member of the ArCPA. ArCPA is a state division of the American College Personnel Association.