April 23, 10:45 am  – 11:45 am  
Track 1: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Track 2: Demographics and Diversity
Track 3: Student Engagement and Persistence
Track 5: Accreditation and Student Success
Tracy Pascua Dea
Director, Student Engagement and Academic Success and Co-Director High Potential Program
Saint Mary's College of California
Engaging Students for Success: First Impressions Count

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Participants will discover how Brandman University makes its first impression to engage students and help them persist in competency-based education. The presenter will show the introductory success strategy module that can make a lasting impression in any educational approach.

Ellen Derwin
Associate Dean of Curriculum and Assurance of Learning and Assistant Professor of Communication
Brandman University
Meaning, Purpose, and the Quest for Student Success

As undergraduates refine their identities, formulate adult life goals and career paths, and test their emerging sense of independence and interdependence, they often grapple with issues of meaning and purpose. This talk highlights why self-awareness and understanding are essential undergraduate education competencies.

Jennifer Lindholm
Assistant Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education
The Student First Team: Cross-Collaborative Strategies for Promoting Student Persistence and Success

By breaking down barriers of department-specific student support, we created the Student First Team at our small, primarily Hispanic serving intuition. This cross-collaborative team promotes practices to improve student persistence, to enhance students’ experiences, and to ensure students remain on track to graduation.

Jennifer Samaniego
Director of Student Services
The National Hispanic University
Cynthia Markova
Special Assistant to the President and Provost
The National Hispanic University