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Announcing the 2017 conference agenda!

Join us in Madison, WI, March 13–14, 2017 

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s conference agenda. Filled with brilliant and inspiring presenters, the agenda this year will dig deep into the topics and ideas that will transform the way you recruit, advise and retain adult learners.

Click here to view the conference agenda 

Choose from a variety of sessions that fall into one of three tracks. Participants can choose to stay in one track throughout the conference, or mix and match to meet your interests:

Track 1: Recruitment
Track 2: Retention
Track 3: Policy and Instruction

We’re proud that again this year we’ve compiled an impressive list of sessions that are guaranteed to give you ideas and plans that you can implement at your institution! Register today and get ready to learn, laugh and engage at the 2017 ASRR Conference!

In addition to outstanding breakout sessions, conference attendees will hear from and network with nationally renowned keynote speakers! View the keynote presentation topics below, and click here to learn more about this year’s keynote presenters!

Academic Advising: Key to the Success of Adult Learners

Charlie Nutt, executive director, National Academic Advising Association

This keynote session will focus on the role that academic advising plays in student success, retention, and persistence of all students, with a specific focus on adult learners. The session will provide key research in the field of student success and completion, the challenges facing higher education today across the globe and their connection to the issues facing adult learners specifically. In addition, the speaker will provide key work being done across the country by leading associations that connect directly to the success of adult learners.


Simple Strategies to Integrate Self-Care into Your Busy Life

Lisa Elsinger, Ph.D., adjunct fFaculty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and manager of Prevention and Health Promotion, Dean Health Plan

What does self-care mean to you in higher education? This session will discuss ways you can integrate simple and brief actions (even 30 seconds!) into your daily life that can contribute to improving quality of life. The increasing pace of life and demands on our time and attention can erode energy, magnify the effects of stress and impact every aspect of our lives. Find out how to take steps toward increasing your vitality, reducing tension and becoming more productive as we reframe and refresh our approaches to healthy living in today’s professional environment.


Cracking The Code: Adult Learner in a State of Consistent Change

DeVon Wilson, assistant dean and director, College of Letters & Science and Center for Academic Excellence, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Our rapidly evolving global economy has created additional barriers to adult learners at different points in the lifecycle; thus, offering challenges to how post-secondary institutions build the capacity of adult learners. This keynote offers practitioners strategies to assist adult learners as they navigate these turbulent times, building on the assets they bring with them to our institutions while addressing the social capital equity gap that often exists with adult learners who are first-generation, from economically depressed communities and from historically underrepresented groups in higher education.


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