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8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Dana Mohler-Faria, President, Bridgewater State College
Frederick W. Clark, Jr., Chairman, Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
9:15 a.m. Keynote: Advancing College Readiness: California's Early Assessment Program
Allison G. Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Office of the Chancellor, The California State University
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions 1–6
>> Descriptions
  1. Opening Doors for Disabled Students: An Innovative Program at Holyoke Community College
  2. Serving Those Who Served Their Country: Best Practices in Support of Veteran Students
  3. Aligning High School and Higher Education: The Massachusetts School-to-College Report
  4. Easing Transition to Higher Education: The “College Connection” Program at Cape Cod Community College
  5. Incentivizing High School Students to Complete the New Certificate of Mastery (TBD)
  6. Early Efforts to Improve Community College Student Success through Data-based Decision-Making: Achieving the Dream
11:30 a.m. Break
11:45 a.m. Breakout Sessions 7–12 
>> Descriptions
  1. Preparing All Massachusetts Students for College and Careers: An Update on the Education Web Portal
  2. Improving Outcomes for Students with Disabilities: The Rhode Island Transition Academies
  3. Using Technology and Partnerships to Improve Transfer Student Success
  4. Students Helping Students: Peer Advising
  5. What's New in Developmental Mathematics?
  6. Early College Experiences: Innovative Pathways To Promote Student Success
1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:30 p.m. General Session: The Ethnography of Us: Explorations of the Culture of Learning

Patricia Plummer, Commissioner, Department of Higher Education

Art Keene, Professor, Department of Anthropology and The Commonwealth Honors College, University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • Involved: Student Political Engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst 
    Amy Kent, bachelor's degree program in anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Class of 2009
  • What is a good course?  An Exploration of Student Perception and Practice 
    Erin Blatz, B.A., anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Class of 2008 and Pam Day, B.A., sociology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Class of 2008
2:30 p.m. Closing


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