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Welcome to the 2022 Summer Institute on Equity in the Academic Experience! 

Our goal for the Institute is to help your campus team connect your project:

  • to a specific equity issue that will serve as a high-leverage opportunity for your progress.

  • to the strategic equity goals of your institution.

  • to similar work happening in other parts of your institution.

  • to the broader higher education equity ecosystem, including institutions with common geographic and/or project interests.

The 2022 Summer Institute on Equity in the Academic Experience is hosted by the American Talent Initiative and the following leadership sites who shared responsibility for the planning and programming:
Claremont-McKenna College | George Mason University | Georgetown University | Ohio State University | Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg | Princeton University | Rutgers University, New Brunswick | University of Iowa | University of the Pacific | University of Pittsburgh | Xavier University of Louisiana
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Monday, June 13 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Using Data to Identify Interventions and Increase Retention

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The campus initiatives described in this workshop are informed by and seek to support the mission and strategic priorities of Penn State University.

Equitable student outcomes are key metrics for assessing the quality of higher education institutions. To achieve equitable student outcomes, institutions have implemented a variety of innovative and evidenced-based interventions that transform the ways in which all students are supported, particularly low-income, first-generation, and students of color. Given that academic advising plays a critical role in achieving equitable student outcomes and a key component of the student success ecosystem, institutions have begun to implement data-driven, proactive advising and outreach interventions. Data-driven, proactive advising tools provide insight on equity gaps and identify students early in the semester who may benefit from proactive outreach.

While research supports the benefits of proactive advising on student outcomes such as improved retention and graduation rates, less is known about how institutions manage the organizational and cultural change required to facilitate the adoption of data-driven, proactive advising and outreach. Data-driven, proactive advising is a radical innovation that requires institutions to transform their advising strategy from a reactive framework in which advisors or students initiate contact when there is a problem, to a proactive framework in which an advisor leverages data to initiate contact with students to intervene early.

Therefore, the purpose of this workshop is two-fold. First, we will explore three tools – SmarterMeasure, Smart Track to Success, and Elevate – that are being used at Penn State University in online and residential contexts to inform data-driven, proactive advising and outreach to close equity gaps. Next this workshop will leverage Kurt Lewin’s three-stage change model and force field analysis to help participants analyze the restraining forces against adopting proactive advising and outreach (e.g., advisor workload, resistance, and lack of resources) and the driving forces that support the adoption of proactive advising and outreach (e.g., student success and retention).

We will be using the template attached below in breakout rooms during this workshop.

(This template is derived from from Kaminski, J. (Winter, 2011). Theory applied to informatics – Lewin’s Change Theory. CJNI: Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics, 6 (1), Editorial. http://cjni.net/journal/?p=1210)


Speakers
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Francis "Drew" Wham

Penn State University University Park
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David Smith

Associate Dean for Advising and Executive Director, Division of Undergraduate Studies, Penn State
I play a leading role in academic advising at Penn State as the associate dean for advising and executive director of the Division of Undergraduate Studies. Our focus is on helping to enhance academic advising across our multi-campus institution with the goal of building relationships... Read More →
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Michelle Wiley

Pennsylvania State University, World Campus
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Dawn Coder

Senior Director, Pennsylvania State University, World Campus
Dr. Dawn Coder is the Senior Director for Academic Advising & Student Disability Services (AA&SDS) for The Pennsylvania State University, World Campus. She has over fifteen years’ experience in the field of higher education and online learning in both public and private institutions... Read More →
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Kim Wiesner

Student Success Coordinator, Penn State World Campus
Penn State BioKim Wiesner has an M.Ed. in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education with a concentration in Global Online and Distance Education.  Kim has worked with adult learners in post-secondary education for more than 16 years and joined the Academic Development team at Penn State... Read More →
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Andrea E. Allio

Senior Data Analyst & Assessment Consultant, Pennsylvania State University, World Campus
As a member of the Organizational Effectiveness team with Outreach and Online Education at Penn State, I am primarily involved in assessment/evaluation work related to strategic projects and organizational goals.
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Roderick Lee

Associate Professor of Information Systems, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg Campus
Roderick Lee, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Information Systems and Director of Information Technology Degree Programs at Penn State Harrisburg.  Additionally, Roderick is Research Associate in the Penn State Center for the Study of Higher Education and a Faculty Associate in... Read More →


Monday June 13, 2022 2:30pm - 4:00pm EDT