2011 DETC Fall Workshop
October 16-18, 2011
The Loews Vanderbilt Hotel * Nashville, TN
Student Engagement Strategies for
Improving Retention in a Diverse Student Body
Tara MacKay, Sessions College for Professional Design
Tuesday, October 18 *
10:00 - 10:45 a.m. * Symphony III
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Engagement is key to retaining students and keeping them on track to completion. But there is no one-size-fits-all strategy, especially in distance education where we attract a more diverse range of students than in traditional institutions. In this presentation, Sessions College's Chief Academic Officer will explore strategies to engage and support a broad student base to meet your institutional objectives and academic goals of improving retention and graduation rates. Actionable (and easy!) mentorship, instruction, and content development techniques will be explored to encourage success in at-risk groups including first-generation, low-income, racial/ethnic minority, disabled, and other students.
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At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to: identify at-risk groups at their institutions, identify the educational needs of different at-risk groups, support students with mentorship and instructional techniques, and implement more diverse and sensitive instructional materials.
Tara MacKay is the Chief Academic Officer at Sessions College for Professional Design, responsible for curriculum and product development. Working with an instructional design team and a faculty of more than 30 art and design professionals, Tara manages the process of planning, designing, and continously updating Sessions College course content. Other important aspects of Tara's role include website content, information architecture, and institutional research. An experienced instructional designer, Tara has worked as a Web designer on projects for the American Museum of Natural History and Sage Online, among other online properties, in addition to running an e-commerce business.
In 2006, Tara edited the book Graphic Design Portfolio-Builder: Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator Projects. Tara's interests include Web design, logo design, and illustration and she holds a Master's in Higher Education from Drexel University.