Concurrent sessions for the conference will be organized under the following tracks:
Track 1 – Boldly Going Where No One Has Gone Before: Teaching, Learning, and Assessment
Are we learning the right things from assessment results and program review and using those learnings to improve the student experience? How is our rapidly changing world impacting the faculty role, pedagogy, learning outcomes and assessment strategies? What is the future of the professoriate? How do institutions ensure faculty receive the professional development they need to keep up with rapid changes in technology or in the technological cultures of their students?
Track 2 – Shifting Into Hyperdrive: Initiatives and Best Practices in Support Services
What are the best structures by which faculty, librarians, student services personnel, and other support units can coordinate their work on behalf of student success? What innovations and best practices have led to sustainable increases in student learning and student achievement? What innovations in research and planning, resource development, resource allocation, or governance models have positively impacted student outcomes?
Track 3 – Captains of Tomorrow: Leadership in Institutions
How can trustees, administrators, and academic leaders harness their collective efforts to ensure college-wide effectiveness and sustained strength? In what ways can college and district leadership cultivate innovations that improve student learning and student achievement? How do institutions provide professional development to prepare the next generation of leaders within their ranks?
Track 4 – Charting the Future by Understanding the Past: Institutional Research as Change Agent
In view of increased public interest in metrics of institutional performance, how is achievement data being obtained and used? How have faculty been engaged in using data to validate and improve their efforts? How do institutions use data to discern key trends? Can predictive analytics lead to improvements in student success? How do institutions use data to inform strategic planning that anticipates and plans for change?
Track 5 – Accreditation: The Guardian of a Future Galaxy
In what ways have accreditation self-evaluations and the peer review process been used to add value to the learning experience? How can the accreditation process assist in ensuring relevance and sustainability at a time of enormous change in higher education? How will changes on the national horizon impact institutions in the Western region? How must ACCJC adapt to those changes?