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NASPA Student Success Conference Resources

Whether or not you were able to attend this year’s NASPA Student Success Conference, Macmillan Learning has you covered. Here, you have access to all of our conference presentation resources—including presentation slide decks.

Virtual NASPA Sessions with Macmillan Learning

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Becoming a Storytelling Superhero: Strategies for Communicating Our Value with Data

Using data to show the value of our work and drive others to action can be difficult. This is more challenging in the era of COVID-19, where physical and virtual divides impede engaging and communicating. Storytelling can be a tool to cross these divides and communicate the value of student affairs. This session will draw on classic storytelling theories, elements, and practices to provide a framework for strengthening how we tell our data stories.

Presented by:
Matt Venaas (Macmillan Learning), Dr. Dianne Timm (Eastern Illinois University)

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Don't Wait: Support Student Success By Using Formative Assessments

Tues 6/29 @ 2:30PM ET

Rather than waiting until students drop out or end up on academic probation, we can use formative assessments to spot and address issues early. What is formative assessment and how can it work for retention efforts? This session will combine active learning (audience members get to participate in a formative assessment) with foundational information (definitions, basic examples) and concrete lessons from one institution to show how formative assessment can impact student success.

Presented by:
Sherry Woosley (Macmillan Learning), Douglas Bell (University of Houston), Alyssa Veteto (University of Houston)

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An Upstream Approach to Supporting Student Success

Tues 6/29 @ 5:00PM ET

Campuses often take a reactive approach by addressing problems as they arise. In his New York Times bestselling book, Dan Heath articulates an approach to problem-solving that focuses on preventing problems “upstream” versus reacting to them “downstream.” In this session, the presenters will describe strategies to apply an upstream approach to student success. The strategies draw on lessons from both the book, student affairs practice, and research data so participants will leave with concrete applications.

Presented by:
Matt Venaas (Macmillan Learning), Rachel Phillips Buck (Pharos), Barrington Price (Dominican University)

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An Experiment We Didn’t Want: Assessment Lessons From an Asterisk Year

Weds 6/30 @ 11:00AM ET

For some, assessment took a back seat in 2020. But there was also an increased demand for data and opportunities to rethink assessment activities. The focus of the session will be on bite-sized 2020 lessons and a discussion about them. The presenters will share six lessons from 2020 related to student affairs assessment. Then, the panel and audience will reflect, engage, question, and discuss the lessons and implications moving forward.

Presented by:
Sherry Woosley (Macmillan Learning), Matt Venaas (Macmillan Learning), Dr. Dianne Timm (Eastern Illinois University)

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How to Supercharge Interventions and Improve Retention with Surveys

Weds 6/30 @ 1:00PM ET

Decades of research confirm that non-academic factors like students’ sense of belonging, financial concerns, and satisfaction are critical to student retention and success. This session will demonstrate how student interventions and conversations can be supercharged by the use of brief surveys. Attendees will hear about a specific case study and how student retention rates were improved by administering brief surveys alongside interventions, above just student interventions alone.

Presented by:
Mandy Shaffer, MEd (Macmillan Learning), Joy Strickland

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Assessment Choices: Moving Beyond the Either/Ors of Assessment Work

Weds 6/30 @ 2:15PM ET

Assessment planning is a deliberate process, involving choices often discussed in dichotomous terms, like surveys versus focus groups, formative versus summative, satisfaction versus learning, and more. The unpredictability of 2020 made these discussions more complicated. In this session, we’ll discuss and broaden the traditional dichotomous options of nine choices by considering middle zones and additional options. Audience members will discuss and leave with easy-to-implement ideas for their own work.

Presented by:
Sherry Woosley (Macmillan Learning), Jen Hodges (New Mexico State University), Erin Bentrim (University of North Carolina-Charlotte)

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Student Success Resources

Check out some of the resources we’ve compiled for you.

Using Storytelling to Share Compelling Assessment Data

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Educational Content
6 Tips for Engaging Students Online and in HyFlex Courses

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Students’ 4 Most Pressing COVID-19 Concerns

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Assessment Strategies for Deeper Learning

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