2018 Program


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Wednesday July 18
2:30 – 3:00 pm Registration – Hilton Garden Inn (HGI)
3:00 – 6:00 pm Pre-conference Workshop
Fostering a Collegial and Civil Department and University: Strategies for Success
Robert E. Cipriano, Retired Department Chair and Senior Partner of ATLAS – Academic Training, Leadership & Assessment Services
6:00 – 7:00 pm Welcome Reception HGI
Thursday July 19
8:30 – 9:00 am Registration – Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center (BHCC)
9:00 – 9:30 am Welcome
Houston Davis, President, University of Central Arkansas
Kurt Boniecki, Conference Host, Associate Provost, University of Central Arkansas
Nicole Walters, Program Chair, Associate Dean of Graduate Programs at the University of St. Thomas
BHCC 111/113
9:30 – 10:30 am Obtaining Faculty Buy-in for Instructional and Cultural Transformation
Tony Holland, Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff of the Alabama Community College System
BHCC 111/113
10:45 – 11:45 am Concurrent Sessions
An Inclusive Classroom Framework: Process, Resources, and Next Steps
Ann Marie VanDerZanden, Louis Thompson Distinguished Undergraduate Teacher and Associate Provost for Academic Programs at Iowa State University
BHCC 112
A Collaboration to Identify and Remedy Points of Psychological Friction in College: The College Transition Collaborative
Greg Walton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Stanford University
Chris Smith, Executive Director of the College Transition Collaborative
Kurt Boniecki, Associate Provost at the University of Central Arkansas
BHCC 114
11:45 pm Lunch BHCC 111/113
12:30 – 2:00 pm Keynote Address
What Matters Most? For You? Your Campus? Our Country? Build Your Legacy Around Your Answers!

John N. Gardner, Chair and C.E.O. of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Higher Education
BHCC 111/113
2:15 – 3:15 pm Concurrent Sessions
Implementation of the Regional Workforce Grant
Ken Warden, Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
BHCC 112
Panel Discussion: Implementing Gateways to Completion

  • Jody Craig Grammer, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs at Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
  • Jason Warnick, Assistant Vice President for Student Success at Arkansas Tech University
  • Julia Winden Fey, Director of the Office of Student Success at the University of Central Arkansas
  • Moderator: John N. Gardner, Chair and C.E.O. of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Higher Education
BHCC 114
3:30 – 4:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Using the AAC&U LEAP Initiative to Engage Your College or Campus for Student Success
Greg Cook, Vice Provost and Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
BHCC 112
What First-Year Students Say, Mean, and Need to Succeed in College
Amy Baldwin, Director of the Department of Student Transitions at the University of Central Arkansas
BHCC 114
4:45 – 5:45 pm Special Plenary
A Positive Leadership Approach to Student Success

Jeffrey L. Buller, Director of Leadership and Professional Development at Florida Atlantic University and Senior Partner of ATLAS – Academic Training, Leadership & Assessment Services
BHCC 111/113
6:00 – 7:00 pm Reception – Drinks, Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Music, and Networking BHCC 112/114
Friday July 20
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast and Concurrent Sessions
Roundtable Discussions
Grab a plate of eggs, potatoes, and bacon, and sit at a table with colleagues who have similar responsibilities and concerns. Share thoughts, ideas, and solutions. Tables for new administrators, two-year colleges, faith-based institutions, and others determined by you.
BHCC 113
NCAD Planning Committee
Interested in next year’s conference? Bring your breakfast to room 112 and join the conversation. We want to hear your ideas.
BHCC 112
9:00 – 10:00 am A Chance at Birth
Bryan Dewsbury, Assistant Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island
BHCC 111
10:15 – 11:15 am Concurrent Sessions
Empowering Students to Conquer Academic Dismissal
Donald Pearl, Director of the Center for Academic Success at the Georgia Institute of Technology
BHCC 112
High-Impact Practices to Promote Student Learning and Success: Considerations for Effectiveness, Quality, and Equity
Jillian L. Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education
BHCC 114
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Concurrent Sessions
Ideas Have Consequences. Information—Not So Much.
Michael Gray, Professor of Biology at Bob Jones University
BHCC 112
Panel Discussion: Using Technology to Predict and Increase Student Success

  • Thomas Bruick, Assistant Director for Retention Initiatives at the University of Central Arkansas
  • Ken Litscher, Director of Residence Life at Union University
  • David Rausch, Sr. Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategy & Planning and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Moderator: Carmen Burkhalter, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Alabama
BHCC 114
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch and NCAD Business BHCC 111/113