College Student Success and Retention Symposium for Higher Education Administrators and First-Year Instructors

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The "Promoting First-Year Student Success" symposium will feature speakers Dr. Joe Cuseo and Dr. Aaron Thompson. Nine workshop sessions will focus on first-year programs, student retention, and diversity in higher education institutions. This event will be held Oct. 15-17 at the Wyndham Drake Oak Brook in Oak Brook, IL.

College administrators, instructors and staff who work with first-year programs, or are interested in starting a new program will benefit from the 3-day symposium "Promoting First-Year Student Success," Oct.15-17 at the Wyndham Drake in Oak Brook, IL.

Drs. Joe Cuseo and Aaron Thompson will be sharing their vast knowledge of student success, student retention, and diversity in nine workshop sessions on topics that are important to first-year programs at higher education institutions. Sessions will include:

  • Developing a Comprehensive First-Year Program
  • From Diversity Awareness to Cultural Competence
  • Student Retention & Student Success
  • Critical & Creative Thinking
  • Promoting Productive Partnerships Between Academic & Student Affairs
  • Designing the First-Year Seminar
  • Stimulating and Supporting Faculty Involvement in Student Success Initiatives
  • Effective Teaching Strategies for the First-Year Seminar and First-Year Courses
  • Assessing First-Year Seminars & First-Year Programs

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About Aaron Thompson
Aaron Thompson is a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Eastern Kentucky University. Thompson has a Ph.D. in Sociology in areas of Organizational Behavior and Race and Gender Relations. He has researched, taught and/or consulted in areas of diversity, leadership, ethics, multicultural families, race and ethnic relations, student success, first-year students, retention, cultural competence and organizational design throughout his personal career. He has over 30 publications and numerous research and peer reviewed presentations. Thompson presents workshops to various schools, corporations, and governmental agencies in areas of race and gender diversity, living an unbiased life, academic success, cultural competence, workplace interaction, leadership, and a variety of other topics.

About Joseph Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychology at Marymount College (California) where he has directed the first-year seminar for over 25 years. He is a regular columnist for a bimonthly newsletter published by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, and has received the Resource Center's "outstanding first-year advocate award." He is also a 13-time recipient of the "faculty member of the year award" on his home campus, a student-driven award based on effective teaching and academic advising. He has made numerous presentations and authored many articles and monographs on the first-year experience, college success, and student diversity.

The symposium is sponsored by Kendall Hunt Publishing Co, Dubuque, IA. Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. has been locally owned and operated throughout its existence. With over 65 years in the publishing industry, and over 6,000 titles in print, Kendall Hunt offers expertise at all levels of education publishing, from kindergarten through college, and on to continuing medical and professional education. Kendall Hunt combines author service, innovation, and a pledge of quality to provide advantages that are unparalleled in the publishing industry.


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