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ANTSHE Conference 2019 Recap

"Restructuring Higher Education for the Future, Transforming the Traditional College into the Non-Traditional College" 


The 22nd Annual ANTSHE Conference was held in sunny Orlando at the Embassy Suites & Convention by Hilton Orlando, April 4-6! The tone of the conference focused heavily on transforming the traditional college into the nontraditional college with out theme "Restructuring Higher Education for the Future, Transforming the Traditional College into the Non-Traditional College." More than 160 administrators, advisors, faculty, and nontraditional students from across the nation attended the event. We brought together more than 60 speakers to educate attendees on a variety of topics. We are happy that our conferences continue to have a broad reach as attendees were welcomed from the United Arab Emirates and Canada! 

Here is a recap of some of our keynote presenters and what you missed at the event:

David A. Vise, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist and Executive Director, Modern States Education Alliance, delivered an informative and enlightening message focusing on his work to make college more accessible and affordable for all through Modern States’ "Freshman Year for Free." 

Steve Pruitt, Director of Graduate and Online Admission, Lynn University gave a perspective on the adult learner program at Lynn University, including a discussion focused on student success and even incorporating a casual conversation with an adult student from Lynn University. 

Dr. Robert Hill, Professor Emeritus – Nova Southeastern University (NSU) & Education Consultant and Dr. Maria Gambuzza, Assistant Vice-Provost, Academics at Strayer University, delivered a very high energy and powerful message on how it is notwhat you teach (i.e., curriculum, the level, the mode, which technology is utilized or the LMS that is selected, etc.) but HOWyou teach as the saying goes: "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." 

Dr. Aaron Thompson, President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education delivered perspectives on some of the innovative approaches being taken in Kentucky to get adult students back into the classroom including ways to help students overcome obstacles to gain success, creating a school environment for academic success, and building relationships. He talked about strategies for academic success and personal development. Dr. Thompson was a very engaging and knowledgeable speaker. 

Dr. Elmore Lowery closed our event with a motivating and inspiring message about the importance of creating and cultivating an atmosphere of respect, trust, integrity, and relevancy for your students. Dr. Lowery provided many examples of how he as the Dean of College and Career Readiness Programs at Fayetteville Technical Community College works to provide the greatest opportunity for his students to succeed by creating strategic partnerships with Fayetteville Cumberland County Human Relations Commission and other local agencies to assist financially disenfranchised students in obtaining food, clothing, academic tutoring, and employment resources. 

The ANTSHE Conference 2019 was well received. But, don’t take our word for it, check out some of our attendee feedback.

“…My first time at the conference but not the last."

"being a first time attendee to the ANTSHE Conference was definitely life-changing. I was able to build new relationships, meet new people, and learn so much in higher education that I can take with me back to my institution, and try to implement all of these things that I've learned. I'm so happy and can't wait until next year!" 

“…superb, excellently organized, Thank You!”

“It was a great conference and I learned so much! The keynote speakers and general session speakers were excellent and very applicable to my work in higher education.”

We couldn’t have done it without the support of our sponsors and volunteers who have worked very hard to help us make the conference a huge success.


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