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Conference Highlights

Conference Theme

This year’s theme “Navigate New Frontiers and Expand Opportunities” calls on higher education professionals to explore ways they can directly support students on today’s campuses. Whether by taking the lead in remediation reform; including multiple factors in placement decisions; reconsidering what it means for a student to be ready or not; or rethinking corequisite and co-enrollment policies, let’s examine how we can negotiate these new challenges and expand opportunities for all students to own their future.

2018 Featured Speakers

Terrell Strayhorn

Dr.Terrell Strayhorn is the founder/CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC. Most recently, he was on the faculty of the Ohio State University, where he also served as director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise and founding director of the Center for IDEAS. Strayhorn maintains an active research agenda, focusing on major policy issues in education: student access and achievement; issues of race, equity, and diversity; and the impact of college on student learning and development.

Strayhorn was named one of the country’s top diversity scholars by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in 2011. His most popular book is College Students’ Sense of Belonging: A Key to Educational Success for All Students. Strayhorn received a BA from the University of Virginia, a master’s degree from the Curry School of Education at UVA, and his doctorate in higher education from Virginia Tech.

Jaffus Hardrick, ED.D.

Vice Provost for Student Access & Success
Vice President of Human Resources
Florida International University

Dr. Hardrick currently serves in dual roles as Vice Provost for Student Access & Success and Vice President of Human Resources at Florida International University (FIU), the nation’s fourth-largest university. He is responsible for strategic and innovative leadership in the areas of student success, academics, policy development, shared governance, donor development, and community relations. Dr. Hardrick is tasked with developing initiatives that close the achievement gap for underrepresented student groups through the creation of precollegiate to graduate school pipelines.

Prior to joining FIU, Dr. Hardrick worked at Baylor University as Assistant Vice President of Human Resources and Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs. Dr. Hardrick earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, a master’s degree from Prairie View A&M University, and a doctorate from Baylor University. He enjoys reading, motivational speaking, and playing sports.