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Assessing Success

Conference Focuses on Improving Student Engagement and Retention

Improving student retention is one of the goals of the Assessment, Technology, and Communications Conference in January, hosted by UAlbany’s Division of Student Affairs. (Photo by Paul Miller)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Dec. 13, 2017) — Student engagement is one of the core fundamentals to effective teaching and education. To help educators find ways to enhance the student experience and provide professors with the best ways to transmit information, Student Affairs will host its seventh annual Assessment, Technology, and Communications Conference on Jan. 10, 2018.

The conference is designed to give participants tools to improve student life and learning, retention and completion. For the second year, the scope of the conference has expanded to include technology and communications and is aimed not only at Student Affairs professionals, but all higher education professionals.

This year’s theme is “Telling your Story.” The conference will begin with a keynote address by Kimberly Yousey-Elsener, dean of assessment and retention at Hartwick College in Oneonta. She will deliver the theme “The Higher Education Trifecta: Assessment, Technology, and Communications” at 9 a.m. in the Campus Center Ballroom.

The conference will then be divided into four 50-minute breakout sessions in the Campus Center. Attendees will have the opportunity to decide between a handful of lectures to attend during each session. Guest speakers include professors from the University of Connecticut, Siena College, Rochester Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College, SUNY Oswego, Stony Brook University and Binghamton University. After the second session, an hour-long networking lunch will be held.

Registration is open for the Assessment, Technology, and Communications Conference from now through Jan. 5, 2018. Registration for UAlbany faculty and staff is free while registration for non-UAlbany faculty and staff is $75 per person. For the full schedule, click here.

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