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Conference Sessions

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09:00 - 10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker
"Common Ground: Partners in Charting Pathways that lead successfully to valued learning"
Dr. Sonia Cowen, Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs
North Dakota University System

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout session 1:
"Trends and Best Practices Related to Advising Transfer Students"
Lisa Johnson, Director of Articulation and Transfer
North Dakota University System
Join a round table discussion centered on current initiatives and best practices that benefit transfer students. Topics will include current resources for advisors, emerging trends, and an opportunity to share suggestions for an improved transfer experience in North Dakota.

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout session 2:
"Advising Challenges Roundtable Discussion"
Katie Mehrer, Director of Academic Advising and FYE Services
University of Mary
Quick, what's the biggest challenge for academic advising in North Dakota?
  1. Transfer students
  2. Remedial course needs
  3. Level of engagement by faculty
  4. Numbers. Pure and simple.
  5. All of the above + some!
Join a round table discussion centered on current challenges facing academic advising in North Dakota.  This session will offer advisors the opportunity to network with other academic advising professionals from North Dakota, share best practices, and offer suggestions for an improved advising experience in North Dakota colleges and universities.

11:30 - 1 p.m. Lunch and Student Panel Discussion:
"Through Their Eyes: Advising Through Students' College Careers"
Dr. Phil Baird, VP of Academics, Career & Technical Education
United Tribes Technical College
Listen as area college students share their perspectives relevant to their college advising experiences.

1:10 - 2 p.m. Breakout Session 3:
"College Student Success"
Dr. Jen Janecek-Hartman, Director of STEM Programs, Executive Director of North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges
UTTC utilizes a strong partnership between its student support services and teaching staff to support UTTC students. Dr. Janecek-Hartman will share how these departments work together for UTTC students.

1:10 - 2 p.m. Breakout Session 4:
"Diminishing the Distance in Distance Education"
Rachael Brash, Director, University of Mary Worldwide
University of Mary
Online programs provide an accessible opportunity for people to further their education, but it also presents many retention challenges . This session will center on effective advising techniques to support a meaningful experience online, with a special focus on adult students.

2:10 - 3 p.m. Door prizes, evaluations and closing

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