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March 23, 2017 Using the CAS Standards to Conduct a Program Review on Your Campus
March 28, 2017 Navigating Different Parenting Styles to Work with All Families
April 13, 2017 The Digitally Connected Student Affairs Educator


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Using the CAS Standards to Conduct a Program Review on Your Campus
March 23, 2017, 1:00PM-2:00PM CST | 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

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The CAS standards are an excellent resource for assessing your programs and conducting a program review. Learning how to understand and apply the CAS standards aligns with the NODA Core Competencies of Research, Assessment and Evaluation.

Does program review seem overwhelming? Not sure where to start? Dr. Ann Hower and Dr. Gwen Fears will take you step by step through the process of conducting a CAS (Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) program review on your campus. Dr. Hower, who serves on the CAS Board of Directors and is the NODA liaison to CAS, will describe how Orientation professionals can improve their programs and enhance the quality of student learning and development by utilizing the CAS Standards and Guidelines in their assessment processes.

The purpose of this session is to (1) introduce the CAS Standards and its review process and (2) to increase participants’ understanding of how to integrate CAS into their department assessment of programs and student learning outcomes. For each set of standards and guidelines, CAS provides a self-assessment guide (SAG) that includes a recommended comprehensive self-study process for program evaluation.

This session will be primarily presentation and question and answer. Participant quizzes will be included to make the session as interactive as possible.

As a result of attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Learn with how to improve orientation programs and enhance the quality of student learning and development by utilizing the CAS (Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education) Standards and Guidelines in their assessment processes.
  • Differentiate between assessment and evaluation as well as needs assessment and programmatic assessment
  • Learn how to conduct a program review on their campus.


 Ann Hower, Ph.D., serves as Director of the Office of New Student Programs at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor and is responsible for programs that assist new students in making a successful transition – both academically and personally – into the U-M community.  She oversees the administration of undergraduate orientation, parent and family programs, Welcome to Michigan, Arts at Michigan, University Mentorship, Transfer Connections, Veterans and Military Services, and the UM Educational Theatre Company. She is active in NODA and serves on the executive committee for the Council on the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education. Dr. Hower holds a Bachelor of science from the University of California, Los Angeles; a Master's of education from Colorado State University, and a doctorate from Michigan State University. She thoroughly enjoys working at U-M because the students are truly the leaders and the best.




Dr. Gwen Fears is the Associate Dean of Students for Transition and Assessment at Miami University in Ohio. She began her position at Miami in August 2011. Gwen oversees the offices of New Student Programs, Parent and Family Programs, and Residence Life. Additionally, she works on assessment initiatives for the division of Student Affairs. Gwen earned a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah and completed her Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education and Bachelor of Arts in Technical Journalism from Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Miami, Gwen worked at the University of Utah and Western State College of Colorado gaining experience in orientation, leadership development, parent programming, National Student Exchange, and academic advising.





Navigating Different Parenting Styles to Work with All Families
March 28, 2017, 1:00PM-2:00PM CST | 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

One Session: $49 
Nonmember Rate: $199

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Most parents of college students are eager to receive the messages colleges and universities provide to help them support their son’s or daughter’s college experience. The majority of families buy into the concept that their son or daughter should be developing independence and resilience during college. The parents' role, then, becomes serving as a sounding board, providing advice, and increasingly turning over responsibility to the student—while still being in the background as a safety net for the worst-case scenarios.

But there are resistant parents who believe the school's job is to protect their child no matter what, and another (generally smaller) group of parents who believe they’re done parenting their student and who will not be there in those worst-case situations.

Differences in parenting styles can influence these family approaches to “appropriate
involvement” and affect how parents interpret information provided by professionals. This session will report findings of a study that examined how parenting style relates to parent involvement in college. Participants will consider how professionals in higher education might adapt to different parenting styles to provide information and support families by adjusting communications, events, and services in order to address needs of parents we’re not currently reaching.

This webinar will help professionals:

  • Begin to understand how parenting style impacts parents’ feelings about higher education and their concerns regarding their college student.
  • Move our focus beyond commonly-researched demographic factors.
  • Challenge our own biases regarding right and wrong ways for parents to interact with their students
  • Acknowledge differences in parenting style and understand that appropriate involvement may look different in different families.
  • Learn how to reach out to different types of parents and ensure that all students receive support from home.
  • Explore ways to develop communication strategies to fit all parenting styles.


Marjorie Savage, Education Specialist in Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota, has developed nationally acclaimed parent/family programming centered on communication and technology. She is a frequent speaker and consultant on the topic of family-college relations, both nationally and internationally. She has written numerous articles and chapters on the topic and is the author of a book for college parents, You’re on Your Own (But I’m Here If You Need Me): Mentoring Your Child During the College Years, Simon & Schuster Fireside Edition.


Chelsea Petree is the Director of Parent and Family Programs at Rochester Institute of Technology. Along with acting as a direct link to parents of RIT students, she leads campus initiatives in family communications, events, and research. Chelsea received her Ph.D. in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with an emphasis on parent-college student relationships, and has been nationally recognized for her research and innovative programming for parents and families.







The Digitally Connected Student Affairs Educator
April 13, 2017, 1:00PM-2:00PM CST | 2:00PM-3:00PM EST

One Session: $49 
Nonmember Rate: $199

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In August 2015, NASPA and ACPA approved the revised version of the Student Affairs Professional Competencies. One of the most significant changes was the addition of Technology, that solidifies tech as an essential part of work in Student Affairs. NODA also recently released a set of competencies for professionals working in Orientation, Transition, and Retention. Attendees will learn about both sets of competencies through the lens of technology.

The webinar will apply related rubrics to track learning and growth, practical application in the field of student affairs, and plenty of resources for practitioners at all levels. Finally, the facilitator will share her research that produced a framework for digital leadership in higher education, as well as a digital decision-making model. Collectively, these tools will guide participants in building a reflective and values-based foundation for adopting and utilizing technology, resulting in a digitally connected student affairs educator.


Dr. Josie Ahlquist, International Digital Leadership Speaker, Florida State University, Research Associate & Leadership Instructor. Dr. Ahlquist is a digital leadership educator, discovering the intersection of digital communication technologies and leadership development in higher education. Josie received her EdD from California Lutheran University doctoral program, studying higher education leadership. She is an alumna of Northern Arizona University with a Masters degree in Counseling and holds undergraduate degrees from South Dakota State University, where she double-majored in Sociology and Human Development and Family Studies. She believes in challenging how education thinks about social media for community building, leadership development, and student services and brings over a decade of experience in the field of higher education in areas such as student activities, campus recreation, student unions, marketing, residence life, judicial affairs, student leadership and new student orientation.  Dr. Ahlquist maintains an active research agenda, currently undertaking three separate research projects with colleagues around the globe and holds a research associate position with Florida State University. 

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