Focus on the First Year Conference

The Second Annual
A Regional Conference on the First-Year College Experience

Monday, May 13, 2024
Campus of Southern Connecticut State University

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Keynote Speaker

Jillian Kinzie 
Associate Director
Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute
Indiana University School of Education

Presenting insights from the recent Re-imagining the First-Year of College Initiative and the latest research in student success and particularly as it relates to the first year of college.  Jillian is also a co-editor of Radical Re-Imagining for Student Success in Higher Education (2023), as well as the author and editor of numerous publications on student success. The Conference will also feature concurrent presentations and workshops from regional colleagues.

Call For Proposals

Proposal due date: March 20, 2024

Seeking proposals for presentations or workshops from faculty, staff, administrators, and student leaders on research, practice, and successful initiatives related to the first year of college. Proposals should be brief (no more than 250 words) and provide an abstract of the proposed session.

Submit Your Proposal

Conference Fee

Originally funded in 2023 by a Faculty Development Grant, we must now charge a small fee ($25) for all participants (except students, who should contact us to waive the fee) to sustain the conference costs.  Light breakfast, coffee, and lunch will be provided, as well as an opportunity for smaller groups of colleagues to spend some time with Jillian Kinzie.  Please submit your conference fee and then register for the conference.  Students may skip this part and simply register for the conference for no charge.

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Register for the Conference

After submitting your conference fee, please register for the conference.

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For more information, contact Nicole or Dyan:

Nicole Henderson
Director of the First-Year Experience
Professor of English

Dyan Robinson
Associate Director of the First-Year Experience