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G Educational Sessions

Saturday, September 28, 2019

12:00 PM to 01:15 PM

G Educational Sessions will take place on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 12 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. This list will be continuously updated as each session's speakers confirm attendance. 

Hundreds of Programs and Three Recruiters. Sound Familiar?
Does your school have programs that need specific recruitment tools? 30,000 students, over 120 programs, and 3 recruiters. Do you need to recruit more students but feel isolated from campus partners? Find out how the Community Colleges of Spokane works collaboratively as a multi-campus system to ensure brand messaging, recruitment, and enrollment cohesively tell the same story, all without a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database. Learn about creating a recruitment toolbox, in-reach vs. outreach, and relationship building among different campus silos. (This discussion specifically pertains to college systems with multiple campuses.
Tim Churchill, Community Colleges of Spokane (WA)
Shelby Dickinson, Community Colleges of Spokane (WA)
Lori Williams, Spokane Falls Community College (WA)

Pulling Back the Curtain at Selective Arts Colleges: What it Takes to Get In
Take a behind-the-scenes look at how auditions and portfolio reviews are evaluated at selective arts institutions (hint: it's not all about the talent). Hear perspectives that will help demystify the process of arts college admission by providing a peek inside the audition room and subsequent decision-making process. Explore the audition and portfolio review process for acting, musical theatre, dance, music, visual and digital arts, and learn more about advising students on how to make the most of their audition, including recommended best practices and avoiding common mistakes.
Patricia Decker, New York University - Tisch School of the Arts
Andrew Laue, Webster University (MO)

SAT/ACT Lessons from the Trenches
Often the sharpest critiques of bubble tests come from test prep folks in the trenches, trying to help students in the arms race to get higher scores. Hear perspectives from test prep pros’ work with a very broad range of students, from the affluent to the impoverished. No test-bashing allowed. Instead, gain behind-the-scenes insights into the SAT/ACT and test prep that will help keep you (and your students) sane and healthy. Come share what you’ve learned.
Adam Ingersoll, Compass Education Group (IA)
Jay Rosner, The Princeton Review Foundation (CA)

Major Issues: Moving Beyond the Traditional Major and Minor Conversation
Over 30 percent of students change majors during college and many ultimately work in fields unrelated to their original course of study. Yet students applying to college typically use a standard list of majors to guide their college search. Explore the current state of college majors in the US, conventional assumptions around how college major relates to career path, and a range of nontraditional approaches to college majors. Delve into the challenges and benefits of these courses of study, ways high school counselors can identify right-fit students, and strategies for admission officers to market unconventional academic programs.
Ben Baum, St. John's College (MD)
Kristina Moss Gunnarsdottir, Hampshire College (MA)
Heather Albert-Knopp, College of the Atlantic (ME)
Taun Toay, Bard College (NY)

Military-Connected Students–Serving Those who Have Served Us
Military-connected students include service members, veterans, spouses, and children. Military-connected students are frequently first-generation college students, may have moved six times, and can have transfer credit from two or more colleges. Military-connected students bring a wide range of strengths to their education experience, including demographic, experiential, and cognitive diversity. The post-9/11 veteran population is the most demographically diverse veteran population in history. Discuss research that identifies the barriers and challenges faced by military-connected students in pursuit of higher education and proven strategies for overcoming those barriers.
Beth Conlin, Blue Star Families (CA)

Student Tour Guides: Engaging and Focusing on Customer Service
Tour guides can make or break a student’s college visit. To ensure tour guides/ambassadors are providing the best experience possible for guests, customer service is key. Keeping your tour guides engaged is also a key ingredient; disengaged tour guides can lose sight of their mission and goals which can directly impact the type of experience they provide to guests. Focused on building, training, and motivating diverse teams, hear best practices for keeping tour guides/ambassadors engaged and focused on excellent customer service.
Beth Wiser, Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
Shirley Zalakar, La Roche College (PA)
Heather Howe Abrams, University of Pittsburgh (PA)

Where are We Headed and Is this Sustainable? When Institutional Priorities Collide
The world of admission is changing and the projections for the next decade will continue to push institutions into new and conflicting contexts. The demographics of the country are shifting, the cost of college is outpacing household income, and technology is changing the ways students interact with colleges. The demand to fulfill institutional priorities increases every year as we strive to be accessible, diverse, cost-effective, and balanced. However, there is a paradigm of trade-offs as class sizes stay the same. Join the conversation about how we are preparing for the next decade and the tough decisions we are making.
Ashley Pallie, Pomona College (CA)

Best Practices for Supporting Student Success through Partnerships
Strategic partnerships between CBOs/charter schools and institutions of higher education are a growing trend in the field of college access and success. While the doors may be cracked open a little wider for underrepresented student populations, colleges and their partners are working to ensure these same students are not just an admission statistic. Hear from IDEA Public Schools, Lafayette College (PA), St. Mary's University (TX), and The College of Mount Saint Vincent (NY) about how partnerships on these campuses are working to provide an equitable experience for all students.
Ed Bianchi, IDEA Public Schools (MA)
Lori Lombardo, College of Mount St. Vincent (NY)

Look Before You Leap: Moving to the High School Side
Have you thought about making the jump from the college side to the high school side? Seems great, doesn't it? But wait, because there are new challenges on the other side, as well as great new opportunities. Hear from high school counselors who have recently made the switch to learn about what to expect, what you'll love, what you might not, and how to position yourself for a successful transition.
Anthony Ambrogi, St. Catherine's School (VA)
Jeff Fuller, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory (TX)