2012 On Course National Conference

Long Beach, California
Friday, April 27, 2012

2012 On Course National Conference
Friday, April 27, 2012 8:00 AM -
Saturday, April 28, 2012 12:30 PM (Pacific Time)

Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Boulevard
Long Beach, California 90831
United States

Map and Directions
The 2013 On Course National Conference will be held April 26-27, 2013 at Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa.

This conference site will be updated in early fall, 2012. In the meantime, please check out the great sessions offered at our recent 2012 Conference by clicking on the Agenda tab above.


On Course National Conference

Get ready for the 7th Annual On Course National Conference, Long Beach, California

* Click "Register Now" for pricing details.

* For groups of 10 or more, there is also a 10% discount on registration fees.
* For groups of 25 or more, there is also a 15% discount on registration fees. 

Please contact us at conference@oncourseworkshop.com to be assigned a group discount code.

APRIL 27-28, 2012
AND ... full day Pre-Conference Workshops  APRIL 26th! 

Thanks to the 500 educators who made the 2011 On Course National Conference an overwhelming success. Since the 2012 conference is limited to 500 attendees, please register early to ensure your space.  The 2012 program is now posted. You can click on the Agenda/Sessions button to see the program.

During the past 16 years, more than 24,000 college and university educators have attended On Course professional development events at conference centers and campuses across North America. At these innovative professional development events, they experienced an immersion in learner-centered strategies that empower students to become active, responsible learners.

Informed and inspired, participants took On Course strategies back to their students to use and creatively adapt. At many institutions, these strategies became the foundation for courses and programs that have dramatically improved student academic success and retention. (View the data.)

Join us to exchange and celebrate best practices in student success...from immediately usable instructional and counseling strategies to campus-wide programs that increase retention and student academic success. Learn great new strategies from educators who are changing the lives of their students and transforming their colleges into learner-centered institutions. Best of all, you won't just hear about how to empower your students to become active, responsible learners. You'll experience it!


Conference is limited to the first 500 participants.


This is a big conference with a small conference feel.  The atmosphere was positive, collegial, and helpful. Lots of variety in topics. So many sessions sounded good it was often difficult to choose. Obviously so much thought and planning went into everything! -Kristie Daniel-DiGregorio, El Camino College (CA)

I loved the great experiential sessions, a terrific conference staff always ready to help, and participants so friendly and willing to share. This conference is what all conferences should aspire to be! -Marianne Auten, Paradise Valley Community College (AZ)

This is the best conference I attend because I come away with real, practical, usable ideas and activities and everyone is so willing to share. -RuthAnn S. North, Faculty, Success Strategies, Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, WI 



Whether you've been working with On Course strategies for years or just care deeply about the success of your students, attend this powerful professional development conference. Expect to experience and learn proven strategies you can implement immediately to help your students reach more of their potential in college...and in life. 

The National On Course Conference is ideal for:

  • Instructors and coordinators of student success and FYE programs
  • Faculty from all academic disciplines
  • Counselors, retention specialists, TRIO personnel, and student affairs staff
  • Administrators looking for proven approaches for improving student academic success and retention
The conference registration fee includes (click "Register Now" for pricing details):
  • An opening and closing session with distinguished presenters
  • Your choice of at least 50 learner-centered break-out sessions
  • Hot buffet breakfast, Friday and Saturday
  • Lunch on Friday
  • Beverage and snack breaks
  • All conference materials
  • Discounted parking on site
  • Friday reception and musical entertainment

After 30 years of teaching an FYE course, this conference has given me ideas and tools to make it even better. -Kyle Morgan, Faculty, FYE, The Ohio State University, OH

Thank you for organizing a conference like this that is actually useful! -Sharisse Turner, Faculty, College Prep English, Tallahassee Community College, FL


*Jonathan Brennan, Faculty, English, Mission College, CA (Chair)

*George Daniels, Director, Student Success Center, University of
Tennessee-Martin, TN

*Lea Beth Lewis, Assistant Dean, Student Affairs, California State
University-Fullerton, CA

*Bill Johnson, Student Success Coordinator, University of North
Carolina-Greensboro, NC

*Kathy Magee, RRT, Occupational Health and Safety Program, Northern
Alberta Institute of Technology, Alberta, CN

*Mark McBride, Faculty, English, Brevard Community College, FL

*Robin Middleton, Counselor, Jamestown Community College, NY

*Deb Poese, Director, School of Education and Faculty, Mathematics,
Montgomery College, MD

*Kim Samaniego, Faculty, English as Second Language, Long Beach City College, CA

*Teresa Ward, Dean, Student Learning, Butte College, CA

*Eileen Zamora, Emerita Faculty, English, Southwestern College, CA


Contact Information

  • email: conference@oncourseworkshop.com

    office address: 
    61 Renato Court, Suite 21A
    Redwood City, California 94061

The On Course Steering Committee would like to acknowledge our
  hosts for the 2015 On Course Conference in Costa Mesa, CA:

El Camino College | Cal State Fullerton | Long Beach City College

Santiago Canyon College | Riverside City College | Moreno Valley College 

 | Norco College | Copper Mountain College

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