NAASS 2007
Conference Schedule

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

8:00 AM
Conference Registration Desk Opens

8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
The NAASS Legacy Series 4: "Big Dreams, Hard Questions"
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: John LaBrie (Simon Fraser University)
Presenter: Ronald (Ron) L. Wasserstein (American Statistical Association)
As leaders, we should have goals and dreams for our programs. We are also all too aware of constraints and obstacles we face on the path to our dreams. How do we ask, and answer, the hard questions that might help us overcome the problems and achieve our goals?

8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Creative and Innovative Presentations and Poster Session
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: Cathy Evans (George Mason University)
Listen to short, prepared presentations by program finalists who submitted their programs for the NAASS creative and innovative award program. At the same time, view the poster session for the programs, and chat with your colleagues about how you might modify, adapt, and import their programmatic ideas to the benefit of the summer program at your home institution.

10:15 AM - 11:00 PM
Functional Forays Through Summer Sessions' Websites
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: Karen Heikel (Montana State University Billings)
Presenters: Martin Barry (Oregon State University) and Loy Lytle and Linda Marie Williams (University of California, Santa Barbara)
Some years ago Gary Penders (University of California, Berkeley; Emeritus) proposed that we might do well to analyze our institutional catalogs and websites from a functional as well as graphic design perspective. Members of the NAASS Quality and Research Committee developed an experimental protocol to carry out an on-line analysis of selected NAASS affiliated summer session websites, with the ultimate goal of taking the first step in designing a useful tool that members could use to assess the "functionality" of their print and electronic media communications. A progress report summarizing the results of this foray will be presented during this session.

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
"Motivational Factors Affecting Student Decisions to Participate in Summer Sessions"
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: Karen Heikel (Montana State University Billings)
Presenters: Thomas F. Kowalik and Donna M. Fish (Binghamton University, SUNY)

Building upon our research model to discern how students learn about summer session, the timing of their decision-making and their reasons for selecting a particular institution, you may ask, "So what do we do now?" This session provides a review of the research model we designed to answer these and other related questions, and explores the opportunities for enhanced program development, new marketing approaches, cross-campus collaborations and responsive student services that grow out of knowing your student's motives as the basis for meeting summer session and larger institutional goals.

12:00PM - 12:15PM
Box-Lunch Pick-up
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 1: Scheduling and Term Issues-How Many and How Long?
Facilitators: Robert Burns (Utah Valley State College) and Thomas Ingram (Oswego State University of New York)
How many sessions can be effectively scheduled during a summer term, and what are the major issues that need to be taken into account in summer term class scheduling? Some issues-pedagogical impact (effects of schedule length on teaching and learning outcomes); faculty and student convenience (and interest); efficient use of existing classroom facilities; institutional facility maintenance and renovation projects; timing of examinations and other gradable academic products; and student employment schedules are but some of the variables that need to be weighed in developing a multi-session summer curricular program.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 2: Integrated, Student Based Marketing Campaigns-Design and Implementation
Facilitators: Allyson Morris (Regis University) and Karen H. Sibley (Brown University)
Student-based marketing means you meet your enrollee at the point of need and interest. Regardless of the size of your summer program, the audiences you seek to reach, or even your marketing budget, the most important thing you can do—each year—is systematically review your objectives, so that all of your marketing efforts proceed from solid, current information. It is also important to have a plan and stick to it—or if you don't, at least identify what changed to justify the deviation. Finally, good design really does matter, even when you use electronic media. If your budget is limited, you may have to be creative to find good, elegant, and appealing design at a price you can afford, but it's worth the effort. Then you need to get the marketing information out to students early and often, but the conundrum is this: how do you reach millennial students? Unlike their predecessors, millennial students seem to eschew print media, e-mail, and other "tried and true" marketing media that seemed to have worked well in the past.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 3: To Dive or Not To Dive Into Total Online Summer Sessions Catalogs (No Printed Catalogs)
Facilitators: John Leffler and Paula Broadwick (Montclair State University)
Some have taken the dive and no longer print and distribute summer course catalogs. Others are reluctant to "take the plunge" and rely heavily on web-based catalogs. Overcoming the fear of diving into the web, letting go of the printed catalog, embracing the technology; the initial planning and set-up will be discussed and debated. The advantages of web-based catalogs are obvious – they provide year-round visibility for Summer Sessions, real time information with 24/7 access, data and information bundling through web links, and flexibility and scheduling responsiveness that cannot be matched by print catalogs. Are there reasons to continue providing information using both media vehicles?

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 4: Profit Sharing Models
Facilitators: Steve Angelo (University of California, Los Angeles) and Karen Schuhle-Williams (State University of New York, College at Brockport)
Profit sharing is an important way to motivate departments to make the Summer Sessions program financially successful. So it's important that the revenue is shared directly with departments, rather than through higher administrative levels like deans or the central administration. Profit sharing is a useful tool for encouraging departments (and administrators) to: a) put courses on the books that students need and want; b) provide discretionary funding to departments helping to generate summer revenue, and c) provide a financial return to the institution. Join us to discuss the pro's and con's of profit sharing, identify models that work (and those that have not worked--we still learn from duds, too!). Do you have a profit sharing formula you'd like to share – bring it along as a handout and be prepared to share your enthusiasm with others who are still seeking the perfect model that satisfies their needs.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 5: The Art of Summer Sessions Budget Management
Facilitators: Rebecca Gubser (Central Washington University) and Donald R. Howie (University of Mississippi)
The financial expectations of faculty, department heads, chairs, the provost, and chancellor make effective management of summer school revenues and expenditures critical to the success of the summer term itself, and of the many programs that depend in whole or in part on summer school financial support. The job of a summer administrator might be a lot easier if managing a summer budget was an exact science. But good budget management is more of an art that requires both analytic and creative skills in response to the unique characteristics of your institution and the changing conditions in which you find yourself from year to year. We'll start our discussion with a few case study examples that demonstrate the intricacies of budget management (negotiating with data, responding to budget cuts, expanding course offerings).

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 6: Developing a Research Proposal for the Theresa Neil Research Fund
Facilitators: Martin Barry (Oregon State University) and Jack Johnson (University of Minnesota, Twin Cities)
Developing Research to Strengthen Summer Sessions will provide participants with necessary information on submitting Theresa Neil Memorial Research Fund proposals. This session will also cover the benefits of research and data-driven decision making on program start up and evaluation.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 7: The Institutional Art of Milking the Summer Session Cash Cow - Who Do You Pay and Why?
Facilitators: Deborah (Debbie) Harris (University of Arizona) and Dennis L. Nunes (St. Cloud State University)
Does it seem like many of your campus departments have their hand out, wanting to get some summer "support" money? There are many justified expenditures that we as administrators must deal with, and, of course, those that are questionable. With the right budget model in place, Daffy Duck could not fail. But institutional financial needs and/or avarice, when combined with faculty desires to maximize their own salaries, may outstrip your ability to implement a budget model that insures future summer term success. What and how can you be the institutional dairy cow and, at the same time, fulfill your mission of offering high quality summer learning experiences for your students (at an affordable price) while making sure there is enough "milk" left to satisfy these other (seemingly unquenchable) thirsts?

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 8: Working with Universities Overseas to Internationalize Your Campus
Facilitators: Sarah Ormrod (University of Cambridge) and Lilieth Nelson (University of the West Indies)
On offer in this discussion group are a set of 'overseas' listening ears and a different perspective or two on how you might usefully work with overseas universities to help 'internationalize' your campus or the experience of your students during pursuit of their degrees. From the viewpoint of our universities—which proudly invite US students as well as many other nationalities—we might be able to offer perspectives on how to prepare your students for an "international" experience at home or abroad. There are many issues that should be addressed in working with universities overseas to help internationalize your campus, including establishing curricular standards and equivalences; resolving issues of credit transfers, pre-requisites, and curricular reintegration; achieving balance between academic interaction and cultural immersion; dealing with issues of risk management, security, and personal responsibility; and providing appropriate pre- and post-departure student orientation programs. We are also receptive to sharing horror as well as success stories during the discussion session!

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 9: Forming On- and Off-Campus Partnerships
Facilitators: Thomas Radmilovich (University of California, Irvine) and Vykuntapathi Thota (Virginia State University)
On- and off-campus partnerships are vital to a successful Summer Session. Positive, effective on-campus partnerships are the most essential. How well do we work with campus entities that matter to summer programming at all levels: administration, academics, students and student services? How do you connect with your Deans, academic department chairs, department representatives (secretaries and other staff), enrollment services, cashiers, bookstore, financial aid, students, student government and student organizations…and more? What does your summer programming do to connect with off-campus partners? Who are those partners? Come to this lunch box discussion group and share your case histories, individual experiences, and innovative solutions that you care to share with the group.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 10: Private Universities and Summer Sessions
Facilitators: Joan Robertson (College of St. Catherine) and Libby Rittenberg (Colorado College)
Many of the same issues facing summer sessions administrators at large public universities also affect summer terms offered by private universities and colleges. However there are significant differences that bear discussion. For example, the summer term at the college of St. Catherine was largely focused on meeting the needs of its continuing students, but it has now decided to expand summer enrollments. That has brought its own unique set of challenges related to calendar, faculty, financial aid, and facility use issues, as well as how to position the college in a competitive marketplace. Colorado College uses a unique blocking scheduling plan, in which students take one-course-at-a-time in the fall, winter, and summer terms. The summer term at Colorado College also boasts an extensive study abroad program and, like the College of St. Catherine, it has an extensive summer outreach program designed to increase enrollments among non-matriculated students. Small colleges and universities generally have fewer resources available to support new summer programs, as well as offer support services to non-traditional students. Hence, while private colleges and universities may oftentimes be smaller, the problems of administering summer programs may have larger scope and present more (or at least unique) challenges.

12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
Box-Lunch Discussion Group 11: Summer Sessions' Programs for High School Students and Teachers: Problems, Possibilities, and Outcomes
Facilitators: Kay Fiset and John Fiset (Syracuse University)
Two primary focal points for this discussion group will be assessing the importance of Summer Sessions' role in offering professional development opportunities for high school teachers, and the problems inherent in managing residential populations that include under-age students. Our lunch box topic presents a great opportunity to discuss problems, explore solutions, and brainstorm possible additions or improvements in summer programs designed for high school students and teachers.

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The NAASS Legacy Series 5: "Diving Deeper Into the Functions of Marketing"
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: Doug Au (University of California, Berkeley)
Presenter: Gary Penders (University of California, Berkeley; Emeritus)
Yes, there is one primary reason to engage in marketing your summer program. But there are other reasons, too, which may be as important, if not more important, than what you are thinking. Who else are you talking to? What are you saying?

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Hands-On-Workshop 6: "Developing 'Dashboard' Predictive and Real-Time Summer Sessions Indicators"
Wailuku and Kahului Rooms
Moderator: Margaret Shaw-Burnett (Buffalo State College)
Presenter: Thomas W. Fuhr (SUNY Potsdam)
A proposed "dashboard" for Summer Session administrators and staff will be presented that promises a much more efficient and just-in-time analysis of key measurements related to course schedule, enrollment, student drops, etc. Participants will be encouraged to react to and present their own suggestions for further refinement of this "dashboard."

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Hands-On-Workshop 7: "Best Practices in Implementing and Maintaining Online Programs"
Kapalua and Napili Rooms
Moderator: Ronald E. Trebon (University of Oregon)
Presenter: Tryna Luton (Oregon State University)
The workshop will provide participants with information on options for the development and implementation of credit, non-credit, workforce development, and/or pre-college programs. Some of the topics we will cover will include online content management systems, collaborating and integrating with other college departments, revenue sharing models, and evaluation of courses.

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM
Hands-On-Workshop 8: Using Focus Groups and Online Surveys to Grow a New Winter Term
Kihei and Wailea Rooms
Moderator: Barbara Shaw (University of the Pacific)
Presenters: Beth Laves and Jennifer Perry (Western Kentucky University)
After three years of planning and two winter terms behind us, we have learned a great deal about the power of information in shaping a successful special session. We will share our experiences with focus groups and online surveys used to assess Winter Term policies, procedures and marketing strategies. Using discussion questions and small group activities, we help workshop participants gain an understanding of what goes into using focus groups and online surveys for assessment purposes. Our objective is to motivate participants to begin using these tools as they develop implementation and assessment plans for new sessions.

3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Explore Maui on Your Own or Participate in One of the Following Two Guided Tours:

Tour No. 1: Pineapple Plantation Tour (Cost: $25.00)
Spend a few hours with us and we'll show you why we say Maui Gold Pineapple is the world's best! Your Maui Pineapple Plantation Tour guides are veteran plantation workers, whose colorful commentary weaves the history of the area with current facts. A once-in-a-lifetime, authentic plantation experience, you will ride to fields being harvested; learn about the unique growing and harvesting cycle of the "King of Fruits"; view some of Maui's most spectacular scenery from the pineapple fields overlooking the ocean; learn some of the fascinating history about Kapalua's landmarks; sample pineapple cut fresh in the fields; and be invited to pick your own pineapple to take home with you!

Comfortable, covered shoes (no sandals), sunscreen, and a hat are recommended. The tour begins at the Sheraton Maui Resort at 3:00 PM and returns back to the Resort at approximately 5:30 PM. A minimum of 6 participants is required for this tour to be offered; no more than 42 participants can be accommodated so enroll early if you are interested in this tour.

Tour No. 2: Lahaina Art Gallery Tour (Cost: $15.00)
The historic whaling village of Lahaina is the hub of Maui's west side and is a ten-minute drive south of the Sheraton Maui Resort. In addition to numerous cultural sites, restaurants and shops, this quaint town is home to art galleries that display the works of local, national, and international artists. Enjoy a leisurely stroll down Front Street as we gallery hop, perhaps with ice cream cones in hand.

Comfortable shoes are recommended. The tour begins at the Sheraton Maui Resort at 3:00 PM and returns back to the Resort at approximately 5:30 PM. A minimum of 10 participants is required for this tour to be offered; no more than 22 participants can be accommodated so enroll early if you are interested in this tour.

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Awards Banquet Reception
Hallway Lobby Level

7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Annual Awards Banquet and Entertainment

Maui Ballroom

Don't miss this annual event. Come dressed in Hawaiian casual, rub and bend elbows and break bread and commiserate with your colleagues about having to leave this island paradise. NAASS creative and innovative program winners will be announced and special prizes will be distributed, on this last night of the conference.

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maui orchids

Seven Sacred Pools, Hana
Photo courtesy of Ron Dahlquist