Supporting Student Success Through Student Affairs/Academic Affairs Partnerships (EDU188W)

Presented By: Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
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Event Details
  • Pre-recorded Webinar
  • 60 minutes
  • Tue, April 3, 2018
Event Description

High-Impact Practices to Bridge the Student Affairs/Academic Affairs Gap

Differing functions, values, cultures, and epistemologies have led to decades of disconnect between the areas of student affairs and academic affairs. In order to break historical barriers between academic affairs and student affairs and truly support student success, you must first eliminate the roadblocks and bureaucratic red tape that are inherently embedded in institutions of higher education.

In this session, expert speaker Paz Oliverez will demonstrate how one institution was able to establish a comprehensive First-Year Experience program to promote persistence, retention, and timely graduation for all incoming freshmen through a collaborative partnership between student affairs and academic affairs. You will be provided with an understanding of how the FYE program evolved over the past seven years, including specific details about how the collaborative efforts between student affairs and academic affairs changed during this timeframe. Paz will discuss both small-scale and large-scale efforts within and across divisions and how these efforts led to positive outcomes for some of the institution’s most at-risk student populations.

Paz will share insight related to the development and delivery of the numerous high-impact practices embedded in the First-Year Experience program, including proactive academic advising, peer mentoring, leadership development, campus engagement, summer bridge (including free summer courses for all incoming freshmen), freshman seminars, and much more. This session will include specific examples of tools and resources that can be utilized to provide students with information, support, and guidance to positively shape their academic performance and impart various forms of college knowledge. Based on her first-hand experience, Paz will provide insight into various factors related to program implementation from establishing collaborative relationships with institutional partners in academic departments to helping academically underprepared students develop the self-efficacy they need to persist through developmental and college-level coursework.

Paz will discuss program outcomes which will demonstrate the impact the aforementioned interventions have had on first-year students as they endeavor to make a successful transition from high school to college and persist through the freshman year and beyond.  In addition, by sharing methods of data collection and program assessment, Paz will show how early interventions have led to long-term student persistence and retention for some of the institution’s most academically underprepared students.

After attending this session, you will be better-equipped to establish cross-divisional partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs in their efforts to support student success. You will also gain a better understanding of high-impact practices that they can collaboratively implement on their own campus to ensure that students possess the necessary information, guidance, and support that will allow them to persist to graduation. Paz will discuss methods for assessing program outcomes to demonstrate the impact of these efforts. This session will conclude with Paz answering your specific questions.

Session Highlights

  • Learn how to establish effective collaborative relationships between student affairs and academic affairs to build a campus-wide culture of student success
  • Learn how to engage stakeholders at all levels from senior administrators to student staff in a sustainable partnership to support students in transition
  • Gain a better understanding of high-impact practices to bridge the student affairs/academic affairs divide and support student success during the high school-to-college transition, the first year of college, and beyond
  • Learn strategies and best practices that can be applied in efforts to forge relationships between the two areas, even when deep divides exist
  • Learn about various methods for evaluating the outcomes and effectiveness of their collaborative efforts to achieve student success
  • Get strategies for measuring the impact of student affairs/academic affairs collaborations to encourage a campus-wide culture of evidence
  • Learn how to utilize student outcomes data to garner on-going monetary support for collaborative efforts between student affairs and academic affairs

Session Agenda

You will learn:

  • The institutional dynamics that often lead to and maintain the divide between student affairs and academic affairs
  • To view the evolution of a partnership between student affairs and academic affairs at one institution through a historical lens
  • How to begin the process of establishing a stronger relationship between stakeholders in student affairs and academic affairs on your campus
  • Proven strategies for bridging the divide between student affairs and academic affairs, followed by a description of the components of the First-Year Experience program and its outcomes, as well as strategies used for measuring program impact
  • How to leverage data to garner support for collaborative cross-divisional partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs
  • Steps you can take on your campus to establish and maintain relationships between staff and faculty that will allow for on-going cross-divisional partnership
  • Strategies to assess your efforts and measure program outcomes to make evidence-based decisions

Who Should Attend

  • Student affairs and academic affairs administrators
    • AVPs
    • Deans/associate deans
    • Department chairs
  • Enrollment management
    • Admissions
    • Financial aid
    • Outreach
  • Faculty
  • Student services/affairs
  • TRiO programs
  • Academic advisors
  • Mental health professionals
  • First-year experience
  • Diversity programs
  • Cultural centers

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About Our Speaker(s)

Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez
Dr. Paz Maya Oliverez is currently Interim Associate Vice President of Student Success at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she administers EOP, Summer Bridge, the Dominguez Hills First-Year Experience, the Career Center, & Supplemental Instruction. Dr. Oliverez is also currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Mast... More info