St. Petersburg College, nationally recognized for using data-driven strategies to increase student achievement, will host its second annual Moving the Needle Conference, Oct. 28-30 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 First St. S, St Petersburg.
The event begins with registration at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28, followed by a Welcome and Introduction at 2 p.m., a keynote address at 3:15 and a reception at 5:30 p.m. Panels, sessions and workshops continue from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29, and from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 30. The event is not open to the public, but members of the media are invited to attend.
The conference is designed for postsecondary leadership teams to engage in collaborative discussions and methods regarding the improved use of data leading to student success. More than 200 postsecondary educators from across the country are expected to attend.
St. Petersburg College has become a leader in using data to drive student success initiatives that can be monitored and adjusted in real-time. The college uses a robust business intelligence system that was designed in-house to enable faculty, staff and college leaders to make evidence-based decisions. For these efforts, SPC received a 2014 Florida College System Chancellor’s Best Practice Award and has been named a 2015 Leader College by Achieving the Dream. Additionally, college leaders have been invited to speak about SPC’s data-driven culture by the Aspen Institute and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
“We have been using data to inform our work with students for several years and have seen some amazing successes,” said Dr. Jesse Coraggio, conference organizer and St. Petersburg College Associate Vice President of Institutional Effectiveness and Academic Services. “We’re excited to share those proven best practices and collaborate with others on data-driven strategies that can benefit students in Florida and all across the country.”
Conference topics include:
- Creating a responsive and ‘nimble’ organizational culture
- Creating and employing data tools and dashboards
- Building a data-driven culture
- Using data to improve academic success
- Employing high impact practices within student support services
- Employing shared governance, responsibility and transparency practices
Two keynote panels will be held. The first, focusing on using data to improve student success will be facilitated by Dr. Mark Milliron, Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer of Civitas Learning. Panelists are:
- Dr. Chris Bustamante, President of Rio Salado College, Tempe, Ariz.
- Dr. Paul Dosal, Vice-Provost of Student Services at the University of South Florida, Tampa
- Laura Mercer, Director of Research, Analytics, and Reporting for Sinclair Community College, Dayton, Ohio
Dr. Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate for the Community College Research Center, will facilitate the second keynote panel comprised of:
- Dr. Joyce Walsh-Portillo, Associate Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Broward College, Fort Lauderdale
- Wendi Dew, Assistant Vice-President of Teaching and Learning for Valencia College, Orlando
- Sabrina Crawford, Executive Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness at St. Petersburg College
For more information about the conference, including the full agenda, please visit the Moving the Needle website.