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Welcome to the Baton Rouge Area Conference on Student Retention, Engagement, and Success
University of Phoenix Baton Rouge Campus is sponsoring its fourth annual Scholarship Conference. This year’s topic will focus on Pathways to Student Retention, Engagement, and Success.
The retention of students in their academic studies is an issue of concern nationally. Student retention from teaching and learning perspectives and approaches impact students' decisions to continue with or withdraw from their studies. Research has found a major need to engage students in their studies. It is important to assess approaches to student retention through leadership, faculty, and student perspectives in higher education.
The event will take place at the Baton Rouge Campus, 2431 S. Acadian Thruway in Baton Rouge, on Saturday, August 15th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.
This conference is free and open to the public. Please register ASAP so we can ensure we have enough space and refreshments. Click the Register button to save your spot!
We look forward to seeing you there.
Call for Proposals (Deadline June 6, 2015)
Please consider submitting a proposal for a paper or poster presentation to Pathways to Student Retention, Engagement, and Success, to be held at the Baton Rouge Campus of the University of Phoenix, located at 2431 South Acadian Thruway, Suite 110, Baton Rouge, LA 70808.
Submit proposals for a paper or poster presentation to Anna Dow, CCC of the College of Humanities & Sciences by June 6, 2015, to the above address or to email@example.com. All presenters will be required to pre-register for the conference by that date in order to be included in the program. Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be provided by June 13, 2015.
Direct questions about this Call for Proposals to Anna Dow at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We invite undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, scholars, community activists, as well as industry leaders and corporate trainers to explore these challenges with us.
Proposal Submissions should focus on one the following:
- Improving Student Retention from a campus leader’s perspective
- Improving Student Retention from a faculty member’s perspective
- Student-provided insights to successes or barriers to degree completion
- Increasing awareness of University resources for student progression.
We offer four presentation formats:
- Traditional Presentation: this format allows one or more presenters to describe and share their work. Presentations should leave time for discussion (time allotment: 30 minutes).
- Roundtable: presentations with a common theme are grouped together and shared one at a time (time allotment: approx. 20 minutes per presenter); this format allows the presenter and audience members to engage in a small-group discussion about the presenter’s research or practice. Speakers present for 10-15 minutes, followed by a discussion with audience members. The Roundtable Discussions are held in a large meeting room with multiple large tables that seat up to 10 people each, and are 50 minutes in duration. New presenters and graduate students are encouraged to propose this type of session (time allotment: 50 minutes).
- Panel: presenters will answer audience questions around a specified theme; this format allows more than two presenters to describe and share their work. Panel presentations should leave time for discussion (time allotment: 50 minutes).
- Poster: presentations placed on poster-sized paper and show-cased at an assigned time during the main conference day (specific time frame will be announced). “Poster” conveys ideas using a blending of narrative and visual aids on a large poster board, and provides a forum for one-on-one conversations. The Poster sessions are held in a large meeting space with multiple posters on display simultaneously, with presenters near their posters for conversation with attendees, and are 50 minutes in duration. Items on the poster should include a title, author(s), abstract (up to 300 words, in the upper left-hand corner), descriptions in accessible language, and other materials. Presenters who do not bring a pre-assembled poster will be provided with a bulletin board and pushpins. Presenters are responsible for setting up their posters 10 minutes before their session begins and removing it immediately following. New presenters and graduate students are especially encouraged to propose this type of session.
Basic format of proposal format for papers or posters:
Title of presentation or posters; Key words; Authors/Presenters and affiliations; Contact information of authors/presenters (address, phone, e-mail); Abstract (100 words); Description of presentation or poster (1,000 words or less). Please indicate the type of session format on your proposal.
The University of Phoenix will notify only the lead presenters of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.
As part of your proposal you will be required to submit an abstract. The title and abstract provided in the proposal will be used in the conference program booklet for those proposals that are accepted. Changes to titles and abstracts cannot be made later on. The title cannot exceed 10 words.
The abstract cannot exceed 100 words in length. If the presentation is accepted, the abstract may be included in the conference program. Each abstract should explain the work that was performed and discuss its significance.
Posters Sessions: What are they?
Participants who choose can mount their presentation of their work on a poster. Presenters will use standard size poster boards or printed posters to describe their work using a combination of graphics and text. A well planned poster communicates its message in a visually and textually powerful way, allowing the viewer to grasp the information quickly. Exhibitors are responsible for delivering and setting up their work to the designated area and for removing their work at the specified time on the day of the event. The University will not be responsible for posters delivered early or left behind, and assumes no responsibility for lost, misdirected or stolen entries.
- Posters are to be limited to 4’ high by 5’ wide.
- Posters should be easily read from a distance of 3 to 5 feet,
- Headings should include: Title, abstract title, names of all participants involved in the project.
- Posters must be organized with appropriate headings to produce a logical flow of information. Participants are expected to discuss their project in written statements, using appropriate photos, renderings, models, art work that explain conception or themes, and medium used as well as the process(es) employed in the respective creative activity project
- Visual materials such as tables, charts, graphs, photographs, etc. are encouraged,
- Participants are also encouraged to bring handouts of their poster presentations and to provide information on who to contact for additional information.
Tips for Organizing Your Poster
Place the title at the top center of the poster,
- Avoid hand-drawn materials,
- Keep the poster simple,
- Avoid using jargon, acronyms, or unusual abbreviations,
- Make sure the poster has a logical flow,
- Space your information proportionally,
- Use color, graphics, charts, and photos,
- Two to three related background colors will unify the poster,
- Use a light background with darker photos; a dark background with lighter photos,
- Key points should be in large type,
- Do not try to tell the entire story on the poster.