Focusing on the First Year Conference
Focusing on the First Year Conference brings together faculty and staff from across the Columbus and regional campuses to focus on the university's efforts to support the success of first-year students. The most important foundations for college success, and ultimately graduation, are built during the first year. Hosted by First Year Experience each spring semester, the conference is designed to encourage faculty and staff to share ideas about helping first-year students transition successfully to college life at Ohio State.
Focusing on the First Year 2015
Tuesday, Jan. 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Check-in and breakfast begins at 7:45 a.m.
Cost: $30 (full day); $15 (keynote only)
Registration will open in December 2014.
Call for proposals
Faculty and staff are invited to submit program proposals for the Focusing on the First Year Conference. Presentation topics should be relevant to supporting first-year students with their transitional needs. Submit a proposal online by noon on Friday, October 31. You will be notified of your session selection in late November.
We are excited to welcome Dr. Vincent Tinto as the 2015 Focusing on the First Year Conference keynote speaker.
Vincent Tinto, PhD, is a professor emeritus at Syracuse University and the former Chair of the Higher Education Program. He received a Bachelors of Science in Physics and Philosophy from Fordham University, a Master’s of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, and a PhD in Education and Sociology from the University of Chicago. He has carried out renowned research and has written extensively on higher education, particularly on retention, student success and the impact of learning communities on student growth.
He has consulted widely with federal and state agencies, independent research firms, foundations, and two- and four-year institutions of higher education on a broad range of higher educational issues, including the success of students in higher education, and those of low-income and underserved backgrounds in particular. He also chaired the national panel responsible for awarding $5 million to establish the first national center for research on teaching and learning in higher education and served as associate director of the $6 million National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning, and Assessment funded by the U.S. Office of Education.
Notable publications include books, research reports, and journal articles. Dr Tinto has also lectured across the United States, Europe, the Middle East and Australia. From 1990 to 1996 he was associate director of the National Center for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment.