Robinson Presents at ACPA Annual Convention

The American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Annual Convention was held March 24 to 28 in Louisville, Kentucky. ACPA is one of the leading student affairs associations with approximately 7,500 members in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Sherri Anna Robinson (MEC), coordinator of Student Success and Counseling, was selected from several hundred proposals to present a conference program on Tuesday, March 27.  Her presentation, “First Year Experience: Perceptions of General Education in Community College,” provided an overview of recent Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) research that identified common learning outcomes that colleges and employers emphasized as important in undergraduate education. The presentation also shared her research describing how fall 2010 First Year Experience (FYE) students at NOVA expected to participate in activities that develop competencies in essential learning outcomes. Afterward, Robinson led a discussion with participants about FYE programs inclusive of orientation, convocation, learning communities, Common Reader programs and Freshman Seminar courses.  The audience shared perspectives of how each of these FYE programs can be enhanced to introduce and define the college’s general education goals and explain the relevancy to students’ majors, transfer goals and intended careers.

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