Grantmaker, Operating Nonprofit, and Advisor Members.
Three years ago, UIC embarked on a major research initiative to better understand why college students graduate and why students do not persist. This presentation will provide findings from a number of research projects that shed light into these complex questions and provide direction for intervention for future research. The presenter will be Sue Farruggia, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at UIC.
NIU has developed a number of programs that aim to provide students with a more engaging educational experience. These “high impact practices” include themed learning communities, undergraduate research, civic engagement/service learning projects, and a first-year experience. An overview will be provided of NIU’s research evaluating the effects of these initiatives on student persistence and academic success. Participants will learn strategies for increasing student engagement that improve learning and retention. Presenters from NIU will be Anne L. Birberick, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs; Christopher Parker, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Assessment; and Gregory Barker, Director of Testing Services and Academic Affairs Research Support.