2019 Transforming Institutions Conference Reportpublished Apr 23, 2019 9:33am
The 2019 ASCN Transforming Institutions Conference brought together more than 140 researchers, faculty, change agents, and administrators to focus on transforming undergraduate education. We were pleased to include many excellent presentations, posters, workshops, and symposia in our program, some organized into our four tracks: aligning faculty incentives with systemic change (ASCN working group 6), change leadership (ASCN working group 3), equity and inclusion (ASCN working group 5), and guiding theories of change (ASCN working group 1). We'd like to share some highlights from the conference and feedback from our attendees -- keep reading for more!
On the last day we concluded with a panel of representatives from funding agencies - David Asai (HHMI) and Andrea Nixon (NSF), with Gita Bangera (Bellevue College) moderating. You can learn more about the funding panel on our blog: Funding Panel Takeaways from the 2019 Transforming Institutions Conference.
Feedback & Takeaways
Let's hear more from our 2019 attendees!
Overall our attendees rated the conference very highly, and credited connecting with colleagues (new and known), professional development, and engaging with new ideas as contributing to those high ratings. Many said that the sessions were of high quality and well facilitated, and that they appreciated the wide range of topics and approaches that were represented in our program. The most common takeaway from the conference was new ideas or strategies from others' projects or change initiatives. Others included recognizing the importance of having and using a theory of change and networking; many also cited specific sessions, including the funding panel and plenary sessions. Overall, many seemed to agree that there is a need for connections across disciplines and institutions, and that this conference and ASCN have made good steps towards meeting this need.
If you couldn't join us at the conference this year, you can browse through our conference site for more information or check out some of the highlights on Twitter. Keep an eye out for more information on the next Transforming Institutions Conference in 2021!
White, K. (2019, April 23). 2019 Transforming Institutions Conference Report. Retrieved from https://ascnhighered.org/ASCN/posts/ticonf19.html
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