Sunday, July 8, 2012
It was wonderful to see everyone in Denver at the LSAC AATW. There were many new faces, lots of returning ASP'ers, and colleagues we missed because of their having conflicting obligations.
This time together is always rewarding, not only because of the presentations but because of the networking. There are so many talented people in ASP who are running tremendous programs. It is easy to come back from the conference with lots of new ideas.
The plenary topics included:
- the evolution of academic assistance,
- recent events and the future of academic assistance,
- outcomes assessment - the basics
- establishing learning outcomes and planning assessment - the practice
- planning strategically for tomorrow and beyond.
A wide variety of concurrent sessions were also included during the workshop:
- who are our students
- new innovations in accommodations for students with disabilities
- reducing the effects of stereotype threat and other barriers that hinder students from diverse backgrounds
- implementing an institutional culture and climate of inclusion
- who will we be serving - future demographics of students
- evaluating and diagnosing student performance
- teaching students to become better learners
- developing a classroom assessment plan
- counseling students on academic and nonacademic issues
- integrating academic assistance with the casebook classroom
- developing an institutional assessment plan
- everything you want to know about scholarship and didn't know to ask
- developing your program's strategic plan
- where to find AAP resources
- supervising and managing your staff
- allocating limited resources for solo and small staff departments
- exploring the life cycle of academic support professionals
If you were unable to attend the workshop, be on the look-out for regional workshops sponsored by LSAC in the future months and for the more informal gatherings hosted by ASP regional groups or individual schools.
Thank you to all of my ASP colleagues for being an inspiration and re-charging my batteries for another year! (Amy Jarmon)