Boost enrollment by approaching your academic calendar more strategically.
Many institutions are looking to special session courses to:
These courses draw large numbers of students who want to graduate early, enjoy smaller class sizes, satisfy prerequisites, and complete their most challenging courses outside the traditional academic calendar.
Join us in Chicago to learn how your institution can increase enrollment through special sessions—summer sessions, winter sessions, maymester, etc. This highly interactive conference will teach you the financial and operational models for managing enrollment outside of the traditional academic calendar. You will have the opportunity to review existing models, develop a working plan, and apply what you learn to your institution.
Because planning and implementation of special sessions involves many stakeholders across campus, you are encouraged to bring a team of colleagues responsible for expanding academic programs and increasing student enrollment. This program will appeal to academic leaders and enrollment managers. However, other stakeholders across campus are encouraged to attend.
To encourage team participation, for every two people who register from the same institution, a 3rd registrant can attend for half price!
To learn a little more about the opportunities special sessions present, we interviewed Ken Smith, Virginia Tech's vice provost for resource management and institutional effectiveness, in a 7 minute podcast.
This conference is structured to balance:
Through the use of case studies,collaborative work, and instructor guidance, you will be able to directly apply the knowledge gained during the conference. You will leave the conference with a working plan that you can immediately use at your institution.
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After participating in this conference, you will be able to understand the financial and operational models for managing and optimizing enrollment for special sessions.
Part 1: Why Special Sessions?
Enrollment in special sessions significantly benefits both institutions and students. For institutions, special session enrollment enhances revenue, improves facility utilization, and facilitates other academic objectives. For students, participation in special sessions is associated with improved retention, accelerated degree completion, and increased interaction with faculty members. We’ll explore the opportunity of special sessions and their benefits to institutions, faculty, and students.
In order to work from a common definition and understanding, we’ll spend this time to dissect special sessions, what they mean, length they span, and the purpose of each term.
You will hear case studies from model institutions about various special sessions and their benefits.
Understanding the characteristics of students that are more or less likely to attend special sessions is critical. We’ll review some practical research on students’ interests and behaviors related to the choice to enroll in special terms. You will consider how your institution can optimize special sessions for the characteristics of your students.
Part 2: How to Create, Administer, and Optimize Special Sessions.
Given what you’ve learned in the previous session and through case scenarios, you’ll have the chance to apply concepts to your campus setting.
With your worksheet in hand, you will start to apply the financial models and incentives and academic procedures to your institution. You will receive guidance from your instructors.
We will use your questions as a guide for discussing case studies from model institutions related to the development of faculty contracts. In order to maximize your learning, you will leave with a list of considerations for the following day.
This is an open discussion based on the list of considerations that were provided in the previous session: Case Studies from Model Institutions.
In this session, we’ll share best practices and proven approaches for leveraging your reach. Our discussion will focus on:
Now that you have several ideas about leveraging marketing, how would you apply them to your institution?
You will have the opportunity to share your takeaways and next steps with the conference instructors and your colleagues. Conference instructors will offer any guidance to you as necessary.
In Jamie’s position at VFMAC, he is responsible for the development and direction of the institution's overall recruiting, retention, and marketing functions for the Academy and the College. Included in this is development and oversight of day-to-day operations within enrollment management, and shaping the strategic direction of the office and developing long-range goals and operational processes.
Jamie’s background spans both public and private higher education institutions. Prior to Valley Forge, he worked at Montclair State University as the Associate Dean of Extended Learning and Special Academic Programs where he was responsible for the marketing, recruitment, and management of online programs, summer and winter sessions, and K-12 pipeline programs. Prior to that he served as Dean of Academic Operations,and Associate Dean of Business and Computer Information Systems Programs at DeVry University.
Jamie is passionate about data analysis and marketing and enjoys marrying the two interests to analyze yield and maximize program exposure, awareness, and student engagement. He collects and analyzes quantitative and qualitative data to identify key opportunities to better address student needs and strategic institutional goals.
Cindy is the founding director of the University of South Florida’s new Summer Institute as the university implements a plan to enhance its summer education offerings and experiences. Previously, Cindy was the associate vice provost of enrollment management and services at North Carolina State University where she provided strategic vision, leadership, and direction for all aspects of summer sessions, Joyner Visitor Center, new student orientation, and parents and families services. Under her leadership the university’s summer sessions have undergone a transformation to a student-centered, college-led model that continuously examines how student success might be enhanced by strategically building summer into the university’s overall approach to academics.
Over the course of her career, Cindy has been an officer in the state, regional, and national summer sessions organizations. She is currently the immediate past president of the North American Association of Summer Sessions. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from East Carolina University.
Ken was named the university's vice provost in January of 2013. As vice provost, he provides institutional leadership on issues related to strategic planning and institutional effectiveness and the accomplishment of goals through academic budgets, space plans, and instructional space renovation and improvement. He also oversees the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness, the Office of Assessment and Evaluation and the Center for Survey Research.
Ken has served Virginia Tech as a university budget manager, finance officer for the provost, and associate provost. Ken has both chaired and staffed multiple committees charged with overall improvement of special sessions operations at Virginia Tech. He holds a PhD in Educational Leadership from Virginia Tech.
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The rate is $189 for single or double occupancy, plus applicable tax.
A room block has been reserved for the nights of June 15th, 16th and 17th, 2014.
Make your reservations prior to May 23, 2014. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate. Please make your reservations early.
Sweeping views of Chicago and Lake Michigan await you in these spacious guestrooms, and famous sights and attractions such as Soldier Field are just minutes from the hotel. Culinary adventures beckon from every street corner as the cultural diversity of the city is offered in a vast array of cuisines.
SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM O'HARE INT'L AIRPORT (23 miles):GO Airport Express- 1-888-284-3826 (mention Hyatt group code HRMP) or go to www.hyattshuttle.com. Ticket counters are located across from baggage claim areas of terminals 1, 2, & 3 and outside US Customs in terminal 5 outside Door D. The last shuttle leaves O'Hare at 10:30 PM daily. Advanced reservations are highly recommended. FARES: $28.00 per person one way / $51.00 per person round trip.
SHUTTLE SERVICE FROM CHICAGO MIDWAY INT’L AIRPORT (10 miles): GO Airport Express- 1-888-284-3826 (mention Hyatt group code HRMP) or go to www.hyattshuttle.com. Ticket counter and loading zone is located by Southwest Airlines baggage claim on the Lower Level. FARE: $23.00 per person one way / $42.00 per person round trip.
Vans depart airport approximately every 15-20 minutes. Vans depart the hotel throughout the day and advanced reservations are highly recommended.
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