Ensuring Student Success

January 20-21, 2012

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What do we mean when we talk about student success? Are students, faculty, administrators and government talking about the same thing? How can we ensure that our students are getting the education they need to achieve their goals, succeed in the workforce, and be the citizens and leaders of tomorrow?

The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association’s 2012 Conference – Ensuring Student Success – will seek to answer these questions and more. Join us for two days of insightful presentations and engaging discussion with speakers and participants from universities, research institutes, government, and the private sector in Canada, the United States, and Europe. The conference will critically explore the idea of student success by unpacking the meaning of the term, examining the various ideas advanced to improve the student experience, and highlighting the structural realities that may help or hinder this goal. Like previous OCUFA conferences, a diversity of views will be sought in each of the keynote and panel sessions.

Sessions and speakers include:

  • The realities of Ontario’s university system: Are we setup for student success? – Tony Chambers (OISE)
  • Higher education beyond the university: Open learning and the challenge to postsecondary institutions – Alec Couros (University of Regina)
  • Different approaches to student success: Are today’s students ready to succeed? – Ken Coates (University of Saskatchewan and author of ‘Campus Confidential’) and Arshad Ahmad (President of the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education)
  • The promise and challenge of online learning – Maxim Jean-Louis (President & CEO, Contact North), Mark Jones (Queen’s University), and John Rinderle (Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative)
  • Student success: The faculty view – Tricia Seifert (OISE), Steve Joordens (UTSC), and Susan Hill (Director of the First Nations Studies program, UWO)
  • Academic libraries and Student Success – Elaine Fairey (Simon Fraser University), Michael Ridley (former CIO and Chief Librarian, University of Guelph), Mark Robertson (York University)  
  • What do students really want? – Jon Pryce (Wilfrid Laurier Univeristy, Thomas Posie (Ryerson University), and Liana Salvador (Ryerson University)

The conference will take place on January 20-21, 2012 at the Sutton Place Hotel in Toronto.

The fee for those registering on or before November 15, 2011, is $350.00, which includes continental breakfasts, lunch, refreshments and all materials. The regular registration fee after November 15, 2011 is $400.00; and $375.00 for OCUFA members. The student rate is $150.00.

The Sutton Place Hotel also has a special conference hotel rate of $150.00 per night. Bookings must be made before December 19, 2011.

Keynote: The realities of Ontario's university system: Are we set up for student Success?Tony Chambers - Associate Professor and Director, Centre for the Study of Students, OISEDownload
Panel: Student Success: The faculty viewSteve Joordens, Professor, University of Toronto Scarborough, Tricia Seifert, Associate Professor, OISE, & Susan Hill, Professor and Director, First Nation Studies, University of Western Ontario -
Keynote: Higher education beyond the university: Open learning and the challenge to postsecondary institutionsAlec Couros - Associate Professors, University of Regina
Panel : Ontario university libraries and student success: do we have what we need to do what we want? Elaine Fairey, Associate University Librarian, Learning & Research Services, Simon Fraser University, Michael Ridley, former University Librarian and Chief Information Officer, University of Guelph, and Mark Robertson, Associate University Librarian, Information Services, York University -
Panel: The promise and challenges of online learningMaxim Jean-Louis, President & CEO, Contact North, Mark Jones, Professors, Queen’s University, and John Rinderle, Associate Director, Carnegie Mellon University Open Learning Initiative -
Keynote Discussion: Different Perspectives on Student Success: Are today's students ready to succeed?Arshad Ahmad, President, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair, University of Saskatchewan and author, “Campus Confidential” -
Panel: What do students actually want? Jon Pryce, Wilfrid Laurier University, Thomas Posie, Ryerson University, and Liana Salvador, Ryerson University -