NACA® South - Featured Speaker - Dr. Jennifer Keup
Dr. Jennifer Keup


Dr. Jennifer Keup
National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

As director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, Jennifer Keup leads operational, strategic and scholarly activities in pursuit of the Center's mission "to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education." 

Keup has spearheaded the Center's increase in national and international collaboration and partnerships. The Center's thought leadership, advancement of publication and professional development outlets, grant acquisition, research productivity and expansion of channels for resource sharing and communication, including online and social media, have also been areas of focus.

Keup's research interests focus on two complementary areas of scholarship: The first-year experience and students in transition, and high-impact practices and institutional interventions. She is a co-author of the book "Designing and Sustaining Successful First-Year Programs: A Guide for Practitioners" and of the "CAS Cross-Functional Framework for First-Year Experiences." In addition, she serves as an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies in the College of Education at the University of South Carolina and is multi-degree alumna of UCLA.

Professional Development Lunch
Friday, Sept. 27 – 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Room 5
Being Person Driven and Data Informed: Using Data to Make Decisions About Programming and Assessment of Student Groups

In an era of declining resources and increasing accountability, data and assessment have never been more important to student success initiatives than today. Data utilization and assessment activities can be an important driver for change, serve as a foundation for strategic planning, and inform efforts for student transition into and through higher education. Yet, the success of assessment initiatives to respond to a need for information, direct decisions and drive change is contingent upon understanding the needs and characteristics of students, establishing meaningful and realistic learning outcomes for their developmental and engagement, and creating a talent-development model for the assessment of their learning, development and success. This presentation will draw from national data, cite standards of educational excellence, and facilitate reflection and dialogue as a foundation for participants to think critically about the appropriate lens for their practices for programming and assessment of student groups.

Professional Education Session
 Friday, Sept. 27 – 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Room 5
Being Person Driven and Data Informed: Using Data to Make Decisions About Programming and Assessment of Student Groups

This session will continue the Professional Development Lunch presentation, taking a deeper dive into the topic.


 

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