Thank you to all who attended the 16th Annual Student Life Research Symposium "Finding Meaning Through Inquiry: Using Data to Enhance the Student Experience"! The Eric Dey Memorial Keynote Address was presented by Dr. Ashley Finley, Senior Advisor to the President and Vice President of Strategic Planning and Partnerships for the Association of American Colleges and Universities.
Dr. Ashley Finley was previously the senior director of assessment and research at American Colleges and Universities and also national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice Project. Most recently she served as an associate vice president for academic affairs & dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican University of California, where she implemented a comprehensive framework for student learning and success centered around high-impact practices, including holistic advising and ePortfolios.
The Symposium aimed to highlight the use of inquiry and data to improve the college experience and featured a panel discussion highlighting student development as a critical aspect of higher education in honor of the late Dr. Gerald (Jerry) Gurin who passed away in December 2018. In addition, the Symposium featured research presentations about student leadership, the first year experience, college student mental health, the climate for diversity, non-traditional students, gender identity, and improved productivity.
The Symposium also included break-out sessions and a provided lunch. View the program below for more information.