6th Annual Conference: April 1-2, 2020
This year Moving the Needle and Narrowing the Gulf are joining forces and merging into Moving the Needle: Supporting Students by Narrowing the Achievement Gap. Our focus this year is to look locally within the state of Florida and address the barriers that continue to hinder students from maximizing their career and academic potential. We welcome pasts sponsors, presenters and guests to join us as we dive deeper and discuss transportation, housing/evictions, policies and procedures, food insecurities, support services within the institutions of higher learning and community outreach and engagement.
We have four population groups we are focusing on this year: Accessibilities and Veterans, African American and LatinX Students, Age and Gender Equity, and Classroom Supports and Techniques.
In support of these four population groups, we are interested in learning if your institution or organization participates in Community Outreach. More specifically, Community Outreach efforts that demonstrate an increase in career and academic growth.
PERSISTENCE, RETENTION, AND COMPLETION INITIATIVES THAT SUPPORT STUDENT SUCCESS
With the growing numbers of these social issues, colleges have seen their retention and completion rates plummet, negatively affecting their outcomes, which are often tied to performance funding. Most colleges are not equipped to assist students with the challenges these issues present. To combat these issues, it is critical that colleges partner with community based organizations to leverage their expertise. This year’s Moving the Needle conference will include discussions on how equity with regard to race, gender, age, and disabilities affect a student’s success rate and the ability to obtain economic stability and growth. We will include a panel for the opening and closing of the conference discussing key factors from the community and student perspectives.
TEACHING AND LEARNING
○ Improving equity and meeting students
where they are
○ Holistic assessment of students -
recognizing need and expressing empathy
○ Proactive ways to share resources with
○ Helping students of color succeed in the
○ Tips for reaching out to students in ways
that respect their needs
○ Incorporating relevant work experience and
soft skills in the classroom
○ Helping students with disabilities success
in the classroom
○ High-impact practices and programs
colleges deploy to increase student
engagement and retention
○ Reducing unnecessary barriers to
enrollment and retention
○ Fostering relationships between
institutions, students, and outside
agencies to expand wrap-around
○ Successful student engagement
practices in both on-campus and online
○ Creating financial aid awareness and
reducing college debt
○ Existing partnerships between external
partners (for profit, not for-profit, and
faith-based organizations) and colleges
that are making a difference in the
lives of students
○ Using partnerships to leverage shared
resources and expand grant
○ Advancing the Completion agenda
through Local College Access
○ Successful articulation strategies that
lead to clearer educational pathways,
accelerate completion, and improve
*Intended Audience: Front Line Staff, Faculty, Support Services Staff and Community Employees, Community Agencies, Vocational Rehab and Social Workers.
Request for Proposals: Please consider presenting your best practices, efforts to strengthen 504 Compliance and enrich accessibility services, community engagement opportunities and suggested next steps to ensure equity, diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of our student and community success plans for 2020.
"I'm excited to say I've never seen anything that in-depth. To actually have, at one time, so many people sit down and focus on the overall idea of how to implement and change the overall scope of student success."