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Reflections from the Strengthening Student Success (SSS) conference

“Overall, I found the conference sessions to be very beneficial. During and between sessions, I also had an opportunity to network with colleagues from other institutions who are involved in similar outcomes and assessment projects at their own campuses. I was able to inquire about electronic database systems for documenting both assessment data and program review information. I also had multiple conversations with colleagues on how their institutions are furthering their outcomes and assessment efforts and am interested in how these ideas might apply to our own campus in the future.”--Anu Khanna


I really enjoyed this conference because the topic of HOPE was shared. It was not just in the keynote speech by Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete. It was throughout the conference by the presenters and workshops I attended.--Selda Sigala-Aguilar


Entering Students Tell about Their First-Year Experiences: This session began with an array of eye-opening statistics from the Achieving the Dream national data on community college students' first-year experiences.  Among the figures I found most shocking is the fact over 50% of students leave college during their first year.  The SOS Program at Sacramento State is one innovative program designed to foster first-year success.  I was particularly impressed by how this is a total campus program, and even the top administrators spend much of the first week of class each semester out of their offices assisting students and establishing a sense of connectedness.  I also liked the catchy slogans of their marketing campaigns to encourage student retention - “It’s Not Over in October” and “Stay until May.” –-  Cindy Lister


The highlight for me was listening to Dr. Duncan-Andrade’s message to educators. Hope required when growing roses in concrete was powerful image for me especially since I had heard that same message from an African American female as she talked about tupac. -– Truly Hunter

One of the more interesting ideas that I got from the sessions is the practice of “culture of inquiry.” Culture of Inquiry brings faculty and administrators together to look at students, classroom practice and learning environment. In short, faculty create and conduct qualitative and/or quantitative inquiry, collect the data, and then make meaning of the studies which then shapes practice. Through inquiry, faculty and administrators shape and answer important questions related to student equity and success.  This inquiry process is cyclical as inquiry and research, directing participants to tighten the screws of teaching effectiveness and student success. --Craig Norman

I was particularly excited to attend the workshop on Improving Student Engagement: Strategies for Student Success. Many of the strategies used on this campus are one we use in implementing Summer Bridge and FYE. Many in the room discussed that it would be great if these strategies could be campus wide and not program specific. --Patricia Guitron

Developmental & Readiness Education (DARE), Contact us:

Lorrie Ranck                   DARE Co-Chair               AVP - Instruction


Deepa Yuvaraj               Program Coordinator      DARE - BSI            



Last Updated: 1/27/11