September 28 - September 30, 2017
Kingsport, TN


The following meetings and workshops are being held in conjunction with the Annual Summit:

Assessment: Writing Effective Rubrics

Authentic assessment is an important component of the teaching and learning process, especially with current imperatives to create student-centered, engaging learning environments. High-leverage practices require different measures of student growth. This session will address characteristics of rubrics, when they are appropriate and helpful to use, the downside of using them, types of rubrics, how to develop and use them, and evaluating rubrics. Session participants will explore rubric characteristics, validity in structuring them, and reliability in using them to measure learning growth. Because participants will create rubrics for courses in this workshop, it will be very helpful to bring course materials to the session. Come prepared for critical thinking, collaborative work, and fun.

Facilitated by Jo Pennington, Ohio Valley University

Becoming a Skilled Distance Educator

Join the Lee University team for an engaging nuts-and-bolts discussion on the infrastructure and innovation necessary to create an effective online learning program focused on student engagement and academic rigor.  

  • Trace the history of adult distance learning, examine models of online learning, outline steps for successful implementation
  • Explore curriculum development processes with emphasis on quality, accesibility, and alignment
  • Investigate both LMS and 3rd party resources that promote student learning

Facilitated by Josha Black and Catherine Yaun, Lee University

Chief Academic Officers' Council Meeting

This is a closed session for the Chief Academic Officers' Council.

Chief Student Affairs Officers Meeting

This is a closed meeting for the Chief Student Affairs Officers of member institutions.

Ledford Scholar Student Summit

This Comunity of Practice is for students awarded a 2016 - 2017  Ledford Scholarship and their faculty mentors.

Simplifying Academic Leadership

For academic leaders seeking excellence for their institution and a rewarding career for themselves. This session will focus on team leadership that helps the dream givers (those who instill and carry the vision) to inspire others. Strategies that address increasing your influence, creating a united academic culture, how to produce synergy, and ways to facilitate growth will be provided to help leaders meet today’s demanding work challenges.

Appropriate for chairs, directors, administrators, and those seeking to become effective in leadership roles within higher education.

Facilitated by Barbara Kennedy, University of the Cumberlands
Co-Presenters:  Chris Leskiw and Susan Rose, University of the Cumberlands

Student Affairs & Academic Affairs in Partnership

John N. Gardner and Betsy O. Barefoot of the Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Education will lead a presentation and interactive workshop on building student success partnerships. Topics will include the challenges and opportunities in the academic administrator/student affairs administrator relationship; necessity of such relationships; profession of "student success;" strategies for improved partnerships that will enhance student learning and institutional viability. Academic affairs and student affairs administrators and personnel are encouraged to attend.

Facilitated by John Gardner, John N Gardner and Betsy Barefoot Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education 

Workshop on Student Success and First Year Experience

Representatives of both Academic and Student Affairs may benefit from hearing how two neighboring liberal arts institutions have intentionally and necessarily adjusted to affect first to second year retention rates. Representatives of Mars Hill University will describe the evolution of their “First Year Connections” assignment and modification of their First Year Seminar model of content and delivery. Representatives of Tusculum College will describe the re-imagining of their own first year seminar’s model, as well as the partnerships between offices and institutional personnel that has led to its success. Presenters and attendants will discuss the benefits, challenges, and questions that arise from these practices.

Facilitated by Lisa Johnson, Tusculum College

Co-Presenters:  Ronda Gentry, Tusculum College
                          Jonita Ashley, Tusculum College
                          Lisa Wachtman, Mars Hill University
                          Ryan Bell, Mrs Hill University