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Morning "Prequel" to the Keynote: Generation NeXt The Back Story
Dr. Mark Taylor, Keynote Speaker

Today's traditional aged students have characteristics and expectations that present unique challenges to those of us charged with teaching, serving and supervising them through their college experience. These features are logical outcomes given the generations that came immediately before. This session will describe the generations and generational traits leading up to and creating our current cohort of students.


Breakout Session: Techniques in Teaching Generation NeXt
Dr. Mark Taylor, Keynote Speaker

This session will help faculty transition to a model of learning based on increasing student engagement, student activity and student responsibility, and leveraging available technologies, to improve instructional efficiency and effectiveness. An instructional model and methods to increase students' responsibility for their own learning, personal ownership of class goals and to improve students reaching meaningful learning and developmental goals will be described.


Advising within ACA Courses: A Natural Fit
Nancy Risch, Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

This session will outline the benefits of scheduling advising activities directly in ACA classes, specifically ACA 111, 115, or 122. These activities include, but are not limited to, completing personal assessments to determine work values and interests, researching career options, choosing a major or changing a major, determining the best fit in a transfer university, and even making a plan for how to pay for college. Many of these activities are already part of an ACA curriculum, but they also should be included in any type of comprehensive advising program. In addition to the above, the presenter will describe how she regularly schedules advising and registration within the class time, with fellow advisors meeting with students in the classroom to help plan out a schedule that best fits the students' educational goals. Involving multiple advisors helps students make more informed decisions about their academic and career goals and allows them to build better relationships with faculty and student services personnel.


An Introduction to Developmental Reading and English
Dr. Kris DeAngelis, Central Piedmont Community College

This session provides ACA faculty and administrators a chance to learn more about Developmental Reading and English (DRE). These accelerated, mastery-based, and technology-enhanced courses are a prerequisite for students who do not meet the multiple measures requirements for college level coursework in ENG 111. The session will focus on three things: a description of the DRE sequence and courses, an overview of DRE students, and the support structures in place to help ensure student success.


Best Teaching Practices for ACA 090
Jennifer Perkins, Central Piedmont Community College

Participants will learn specific strategies to promote success with the developmental student. These successful learning strategies can be implemented in and out of the classroom. For the developmental college student, there will be a variety of active learning strategies, organizational techniques, and study skills that can be incorporated in their educational career and everyday lifestyle. This workshop is for the most veteran instructor to the newest faculty member and will provide practical ideas that work in the classroom. From the latest research, we know there are several ways to promote success within the course and also in their other college courses and ACA 090 is the course designed to assist students along the way. Students will realize their role in their college career and how to navigate that pathway successfully. Instructors will feel invigorated by the session topics and be able to incorporate them into their courses immediately.


Campus Tours, Field Trips, and Guest Speakers: Making the Most of Your School's Resources
Suzanne Berryhill, Southwestern Community College

This presentation will focus on how to incorporate guest speakers, campus tours, and field trips into ACA courses in a way that engages students into making the most of the resources available at their community college.


Connecting with NeXt: How Individual Conferences Help Students Understand Feedback
Angelina Oberdan & Marsi Franceschini, Central Piedmont Community College

In an attempt to connect directly with NeXt, we have implemented individual conference time into our developmental and college-level English courses. This appeals to NeXt by allowing instructors to make individual connections with students, to help students develop their "after college" goals, to motivate students through caring interactions, and to reward the persistence and grit of today's young people.


Creating a Customized Textbook for Student Success Courses at Your College
Emma Reynolds, Alyssa Williams and Donna Housman, Central Piedmont Community College

This workshop will allow participants to exchange ideas for creating customized content (print and electronic) to deliver in student success courses.


Designing Engaging Assignments for ACA 122 Students through the Use of Flipped Classroom Techniques
Debra Ford, Davidson Community College

ACA 122 is a course that helps students navigate their current community college environment as well as their future four-year college environment. However, due to the nature of these topics, the course is often taught with a focus on individual research and reflection. This does not have to be the case. In this program, educators will learn about some of the ways in which flipped classroom techniques have been used in ACA 122 at Davidson County Community College. These techniques are applicable to face-to-face and online formats, and can be implemented with no cost.


Engaging & Interacting with your Online Students
Cathleen DiDonato, Christina Migielicz, Wake Technical Community College

Do you teach ACA online? Do you feel you have a hard time getting to know your students in the virtual world? Join us for some strategies and tools you can use to engage, motivate, and interact with your online (and seated) students.


Mind over Matter: Applying Grit and the Growth Mindset to ACA 122
Kerry Cantwell, Dr. Jayne Davis, Deidre P. Yancey, Durham Technical Community College

Durham Tech's First-Year Experience program infuses the ACA 122 curriculum with activities and lessons that promote metacognitive skill-building to help students create a Success Mindset. Using Carol Dweck's ideas of growth vs. fixed mindsets, Angela Duckworth’s concept of "grit," the Academy for College Excellence's training on bio-reaction theory, and research on psycho-social interventions by David Yeager and Gregory Walton, we help students see that success in college is as much about academic success as it is about determination and personal reflection. By encouraging students to see how their own thinking and behavior can propel them forward or hold them back, we can help them broaden their own perspective on success and help them see themselves as agents of their own change rather than victims of circumstance or simple reactors to stimuli.


Promoting Academic Confidence and Success with the 3-C's: Community-Building, Collaboration, and Communication
Ojay Johnson & Shantell Strickland-Davis, Central Piedmont Community College

As the focus on student retention and student success becomes more integrated into institutional goals, faculty and academic advisors alike are challenged to find innovative and effective means of engaging and motivating students. Highlighting the partnership created between ACA faculty and Student Success Services professionals, this session will focus on the classroom culture created when combined efforts to engage the student holistically brings out the best in approaches to teaching, learning, and student service. This engaging session will have these areas of focus: 1) Community building in academic advising and ACA classes; 2) maximizing communication and promoting student engagement; and 3) campus partnerships and collaborations: combining the best in student learning and student service. Throughout this session, participants will be encouraged to share their insights and knowledge regarding best practices in creating a culture of confidence and success within their classrooms.


Redesigning ACA for Student Success
Cindy Dean, Stanly Community College

ACA redesign is one of Stanly Community College's (SCC) initiatives for Achieving the Dream (AtD). The three AtD objectives for ACA included redesigning the core content, making it mandatory for all students in their first semester, and creating contextualized sections for individual programs. By fall 2015, all three objectives had been met. This workshop will include an overview of SCC's ACA efforts for AtD, a description of the specific processes undertaken to meet the AtD objectives, and presentation of data regarding retention and success.


Reshaping a College Culture: Beginning the Journey in ACA
David Townsend, Dr. Angie Adams, Richmond Community College

In our session, we will focus on how our college has transformed ACA 122. Honing in on students' individual needs and career plans, at Richmond Community College, we have reworked our ACA curriculum. The new curriculum is offered in an eight-week format, and it focuses on students' individual career and educational plans, an important advising component, technology literacy, and success at our institution (and beyond). To accomplish this and the meet the needs of our students, we crafted our own text. As our sole presidential priority for the 2016-2017 academic year focuses on retention, our ACA class represents an integral piece of the puzzle in ensuring we make concerted efforts to provide students with the tools they need to be successful at Richmond Community College and in their subsequent educational and career endeavors.


Teaching through Barriers: Using a Trojan Horse to Increase Student Engagement
Laura Clark, Paul D. Camp Community College

Have you ever tried to share something important with your students but they disengage before the conversation starts? Teachers are often passionate about the course materials and find students are apathetic towards the topic more often than not. As colleges are striving to increase student retention and success, student engagement in the classroom is becoming more critical than ever before.


You CAN take it with you: Activities that encourage students to transfer study skills to other courses
Marcia Toms, Wake Technical Community College

The ACA curriculum covers many learning strategies, but how do we get students to actually use these strategies in their other curriculum classes? This session will discuss the literature on the barriers to transfer and offer multiple activities instructors can use in their courses that encourage students to apply the strategies in other courses.


**As more presentations are accepted, this area will be updated.