Aspire '17 Ad Astra's Users' Conference

Kansas City, Missouri
Monday, October 16, 2017

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 Aspire ’17 Pre-Conference Workshop

Facilitated by Achieving the Dream and Ad Astra Information Systems

Pathways + Scheduling = Student Progression
How to effectively consider and operationalize student pathways into your academic scheduling model.

Sunday, October 15, 2017
1:00 – 5:00 PM (includes Networking Cocktail Event)

InterContinental Kansas City at the Plaza (Aspire hotel rate is available)

Cost:  $250


Workshop Overview:

Campuses throughout the country are discussing and designing ways to ‘operationalize’ pathways through advising and scheduling. Is your campus one of them? If not, what do you need to know about this important best practice?

While pathways can simplify the advising and student planning processes, course demand analysis and course scheduling are complex and are a critical component of the solution. The process of “rolling forward” schedules from Fall-to-Fall and Spring-to-Spring without deep analysis, undermines advising initiatives and student progress. The foundation of a strong pathways program begins by assessing where each advancing student stands relative to their pathway, responding to the student’s unique course needs, and considering the capacity and course needs for new and transfer students.

This workshop will serve as an overview of the various types of structures of academic scheduling and steps to implement these strategies, and will highlight case study examples. Delivered by academic leaders and industry experts, we will also review the identification of programs and student populations where structured scheduling can be successful, particularly in alignment with an integrated student support approach. The discussion will cover how to roll out pathways and course schedule alignment initiatives simultaneously, the implications for advising and student support redesign, and will step through the nuances of building pathway aligned schedules, even when pathways are incomplete, only contain milestone courses, or are in lock-step.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify various types of scheduling processes and demonstrate understanding of available methods that the institution can implement into existing curriculum.
  • Recognize the steps in the process to develop pathway aligned schedules.
  • Understand and organize the data elements needed to implement the processes to setup and maintain pathways scheduling.
  • Discover areas where pathways scheduling can be implemented in conjunction with an integrated student support approach; and ongoing refinement of the process.
  • Analyze the complexity of the current methods of scheduling and how those can be improved through the implementation of more structured scheduling.
  • Design methods to operationalize the type of scheduling components that best fit the needs of students and culture of the institution.
  • Identify outputs that complement national performance indicators and metric frameworks.
  • Explore metrics to measure outcomes that can be benchmarked and tracked longitudinally:
            ·   Velocity
            ·   Productive Credits
            ·   Pathway Progression

Who will benefit from this workshop? Academic Leadership, Curriculum Management, Deans/Department Leads, Enrollment Management, Registrars, Advising Leadership.

More information about our facilitators:

Dr. Mei-Yen Ireland
Dr. Mei-Yen is responsible for overseeing the Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) initiative at Achieving the Dream (ATD) as well as leading, designing, and delivering ATD's services related to advising and student supports and transformative institutional change. In this work Mei-Yen develops customized services, tools, and resources to support institutions in the design and implementation of an integrated student support approach. With more than 10 years of experience in higher education, Mei-Yen's background includes an emphasis on topics including organizational change, student development theory, equity and inclusion, qualitative research methods, service-learning and community development, advising redesign, and change leadership. 
Mei-Yen received her Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership from Ohio State University in May 2015, a Masters in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland-College Park, and a Bachelors of Arts in Foreign Languages from Lewis & Clark College.

Susan English 
Susan is a technology-oriented ‘systems thinker’ with many years of experience in instructional core processes in both K12 and higher education.  Her areas of expertise include curriculum, academic assessment, planning, scheduling, faculty credentials and leadership.  Susan currently serves as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton-Williamsburg, Virginia. Susan most recently earned her Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Morgan State University in May 2016. She also received a Bachelor’s Degree in mathematics and secondary education from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (1988), a Master’s of Education Degree in administration and leadership from Salisbury University (1991) and a graduate certificate in education measurement, statistics and evaluation (EDMS) from the University of Maryland, College Park (2010). 

Susan Leigh
With a career in higher education spanning over 36 years, Susan Leigh Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Services at California State University Long Beach, oversees the office of Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Records, and Student Systems. Susan was previously at DePaul University for 22 years as an Associate Professor and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing. Susan has contributed to the advancement of student service standards by consulting and teaching about restructuring, reorganizing, and retraining staff, while strategically harnessing the "big data" within student information systems. Susan’s goal is to accomplish customer-centric business process redesign in higher education to create seamless pathways to graduation. Susan also developed the consulting and training models at the core of Susan Leigh Consulting, using the idea of dynamic data-driven decisions for efficient staffing and streamlined service delivery based on the realities of affordable solutions. 


Contact Information

  • Have any questions? We're more than happy to help! Please call our main phone number at 913-652-4100, or email the Aspire team

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