Featured Topic Institutes
The Featured Topic Institutes will consist of 5 half day institutes on Sunday, April 14, 2019 that will run from 1:00 - 5:00 PM. The capacity for each institute is 100 attendees. The half day institutes are included in the price of your conference registration. Pre-registration is required.
This institute is designed for staff, faculty, and administrators interested in learning how to effectively set up systems for collecting and utilizing data to improve and measure program impacts.
The workshop will explore the data available via typical institutional research offices at the community college, primary undergraduate institution and research university levels. It will also explore the data available in state and national repositories I.e. State departments of education, U.S. Census, Health Data e.g. American Health Rankings and US Health & Human Services, IPEDS, PEW Charitable Trusts, Equity & Mobility Projects e.g. Equality of Opportunity Project and The Education Trust. The institute will also review methods for collecting individual level data via surveys and focus groups and the commonly used tools to collect such information i.e. Survey Monkey.
HSI 101: What It Means To Be A Hispanic Serving Institution
This workshop is designed for staff, faculty, academic advisors, and administrators who want a firm grounding in everything HSI. This highly interactive workshop will guide participants through the history and current political and cultural context of HSIs, and introduce participants to the growing body of evidence that proves HSIs are essential players in improving Latinx higher education outcomes. Participants will receive and get in-depth training on two tools they can take back to their campus:
(1) a Rubric of Best Practice in HSIs that helps to rate aspects of institution’s culture, and plan ways to improve their “HSI-ness,” and;
(2) an Equity Analysis that helps participants use their own institutional, departmental or course/class data (depending on their role on campus) that helps to elucidate how Latinx students are performing in relation to their peers.
Participants need to bring a laptop or tablet in order to access and use the resources for this Institute.
Explores grant-seeking strategies that will optimize your effectiveness as a HSI proposal writer, and to identify funding opportunities where your HSI/MSI status improves your ability to compete for grants. The Institute will provide interactive, hands-on training for participants, with an emphasis on overcoming barriers and improving outcomes for the participants. The Institute will focus on several topics, including:
- HSI Status and Strategic Grantsmanship
- The Funding Matrix – U.S. Dept of Ed Title V, Title III Part F, PPOHA, NSF HSI Funding, USDA HSI Program
- Elements of a successful proposal
- Building an application that will actually work once funded
Grants-writing professionals and academic leaders interested in maximizing the effect HSI-specific and other funding can have on your institution should attend this institute.
Provides a facilitated forum for effective HSI (Title V and Title III Part F) grant management to both new and experienced project directors and staff. Participants will:
- Learn about Uniform Guidance and Cost Principles and explore EDGAR, OMB Circulars, and non-regulatory policies to assure that your grant objectives are executed in compliance with applicable laws, regulations and program requirements.
- Understand the need for Internal Controls and how to improve your system.
- Learn best practices in financial management that will prepare you for an internal audit.
- Understand the role of the various grant evaluation and assessment activities and why you should relate your grant outcomes to measures of institutional effectiveness.
- Develop effective project implementation strategies to assure stakeholder buy-in, greater impact, sustainability, and institutionalization.
Student Leadership Institute
Is designed to empower students with a strong foundational set of academic, leadership, career, and life skills. This interactive and high-energy institute will keep participants engaged via small and large group activities. The Institute will consist of three separate modules designed to develop students’ cognitive understanding of their implicit personal skills and how to successfully apply these skills in a variety of settings:
Module 1: Identifying one’s communication preference and how it impacts self and others.
Module 2: Identifying and strengthening one’s leadership style.
Module 3: Identifying gaps and strengths in working with diverse populations by becoming aware of one’s current place in the cultural competence continuum; exploring ways to move forward and gaining knowledge on how to advance student leaders on campus.
Who Should Attend
- All undergraduate and graduate students.
- Students seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the internal strengths they possess.
- Students motivated to become agents of change on their campuses and within local community.
- Students who want to network with other students from across the country.