7:30 AM

April 8, 2018 - 7:30 AM to April 10, 2018 - 4:30 PM

Student UX (User Experience): A Network for Success

“User experience (UX) focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations. It also takes into account the business goals and objectives of the group managing the project. UX best practices promote improving the quality of the user’s interaction with and perceptions of your product and any related services.”
— Source: www.usability.gov

As learning modalities evolve to include experiential, informal, interdisciplinary, and social learning, so are college campuses changing to accommodate these modes, with hybrid, multi-use, flexible, and myriad other environments that accommodate when, where, and how students learn. Within this context of change is a strong focus on student success. Now widely defined in holistic terms that mesh wellness, inclusivity, and social connection with more traditional measures of academic accomplishment, such as grades and earning potential, student success is changing how we approach integrated campus planning and design. So how do we gauge success?

One tactic that is being used to gauge success is to measure student engagement, or “user experience,” via direct feedback sources, like surveys. The idea is that when students feel engaged in meaningful academic experiences—made possible by the right mix of conditions such as safety, comfort, inspiration, challenge, curiosity, social connection, to name a few—data and ideas get transferred into real knowledge. In response to this user-focused ethos, colleges and universities are homing in on the first year experience, first generation students, personalized learning, and the imperative of social communities on campuses.

What this looks and feels like varies, as the “student success network” is manifested in informal, grassroots efforts as well as institution-wide initiatives—layered ecosystems that often parallel the places in which campuses reside. So, we ask: Is your campus student-ready?

Join us in conversation at UCLA, in the center of an incredibly diverse region where worlds sometimes collide and often thrive, putting the conversation around student success in sharp relief. Campus and community game changers, including students, will share ways to innovate and overcome barriers to student success by prioritizing diversity, equity, inclusion, and wellness.

Join your peers at UCLA!

9:00 AM

April 9, 2018 - 9:00 AM to April 10, 2018 - 4:00 PM

The 2018 State System GISS will be a national gathering of state governing boards from across the country for a two-day institute.

In partnership with the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT), the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) with support from the Strada Education Network is hosting a nationally acclaimed institute designed expressly for boards for state systems, universities governing boards responsible for community colleges, and technical college system boards and their leaders. Guided by ACCT’s national expertise, state and system leaders will engage in thoughtful and courageous conversations around the importance of effective and data-informed governance policies design to support student success, equity, completion and workforce preparation for their states.

The Governance Institute for Student Success (GISS) has designed an exclusive institute that will create connections between higher education results and economic development for state system leaders.

We encourage whole boards to attend, but at least three or more trustees and the State System CEO/Chancellor/President and college presidents. Having representatives from senior system and college staff and research officers attend is also highly recommended.

LOCATION & MEETING TIME: The Institute will be held at the Executive Center in the Alabama Center for Advanced Technology and Training (ACATT) building at Lawson State Community College in Birmingham, Alabama.