In case you needed a reason to enjoy warm, sunny Southern California this summer, HERI will again be offering four two-day institutes throughout July and August. These workshops provide opportunities for researchers and practitioners to connect on issues related to diversity research, retention and persistence, innovation in undergraduate STEM education, and faculty teaching and learning. All four institutes will be held at UCLA in Westwood.
The Diversity Research Institute (DRI) will be held July 15-16, and we are excited that guest speakers Adriana Kezar and Rona Halualani will again join HERI Director Sylvia Hurtado to discuss issues of campus climate, diversity program mapping, and institutional transformation. The DRI is perfect for teams of administrators and faculty seeking best practices to assess and improve the climate for diversity on their campuses.
The Retention and Persistence Institute (RPI) will occur July 29-30. HERI Director Sylvia Hurtado and CIRP Interim Director Kevin Eagan will facilitate this workshop focused on the latest in retention and persistence research. Participants will learn how to use HERI’s popular retention calculator while also be among the first to see two new retention calculators that HERI will unveil this summer. Participants will engage in an interactive series of discussions about best practices on campus related to retaining students from diverse backgrounds, and everyone will leave with a campus-specific plan to improve retention and persistence at their institution.
The STEM Summer Institute (SSI) is our newest offering and will feature research from a 10-year study at HERI focused on undergraduate student pathways into and through STEM programs. The SSI will be held August 5-6. We encourage teams of faculty and administrators interested in transforming undergraduate STEM education on their campuses to attend this intensive two-day workshop. In addition to presentations by Drs. Hurtado and Eagan, participants will hear from experts in assessment and institutional research to highlight what can be learned from survey and administrative data. Additionally, we will have representatives from funding agencies provide their perspectives with regard to where funding for STEM educational research is heading.
Finally, we are excited to bring back the HERI Institute on Faculty Work/Life Issues, which will be offered August 12-13. After a successful launch of this workshop last summer, we have decided to extend it to be two full days. Drs. Hurtado and Eagan will again lead the workshop and offer insights from research on faculty pedagogy, stress, retention, and retirement. This year’s workshop will also feature hands-on analysis of the soon-to-be-completed 2014 HERI Faculty Survey. Participants will learn from one another regarding best practices to engage faculty in development opportunities and receive instruction on analyzing HERI Faculty Survey data. We invite researchers interested in faculty issues and administrators seeking strategies to increase faculty engagement on campus to attend.
In addition to these exciting programs, participants will have access to all that the beautiful, diverse city of Los Angeles has to offer. We hope you will consider joining us this summer to learn and network.