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Why does the first year of higher education continue to challenge both students and educators? Why do so many students drop out or fail to maximize their academic potential? Are students themselves “the problem”, or does the problem relate more to the way higher education is organized and delivered? This workshop will explore these questions and suggest effective practices to improve the success and persistence of today’s increasingly diverse population of entering students.
Betsy Barefoot, Vice President & Senior Scholar - Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. Betsy Barefoot is a native of North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Duke University and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Higher Education from the College of William and Mary. Currently, she serves as Vice President and Senior Scholar for the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education in Brevard, North Carolina. In her work, she is directly involved in the development of instruments and strategies to evaluate and improve the first college year. In addition, she conducts seminars on the first-year experience across the United States and in other countries and assists other colleges and universities in implementing and evaluating first-year programs.
Thomas Brown is a lifelong student and academic affairs educator with an impressive record of effectiveness in creating academic and student affairs programs that promote increased learning, achievement, and success. Tom served as Dean of Advising Services/Special Program at Saint Mary’s College of California, was a member of the Board of Directors and Vice President of the National Academic Advising Association, and was chairperson of the Prelaw Advisors National Council.
Tom is currently Managing Principal of a consulting network that assists campuses to increase student success, build inclusive communities, and manage change (www.tbrownassociates.com). He also writes an occasional column, The Advising Dean, for The St. Helena Star newspaper in California’s Napa Valley ( http://napavalleyregister.com/star/).
His work is based on an integration of theories, research findings, and practical experience that makes a real difference for individuals and institutions.
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