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Momentum Summit IV

Momentum Summit IV

February 22, 2021 to March 5, 2021
Online

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Over the past four years, the System has made tremendous gains in implementing a Momentum Approach to student success. The past eight months have tested some of this work and underscored its vital role in achieving our goals for increasing the number of Georgians with college degrees and closing gaps in academic achievement.

The overarching goal for the Summit is to support institutional teams to make concrete plans for sustaining gains in student Momentum and address those areas that have been affected by disruption, by reflecting upon the past year’s accomplishments and challenges. The past year has underscored the need for strong support and engagement for students across the institution, reinforcing the value and benefit of the Momentum Approach. Equally, it has exposed a range of ways in which existing and planned work around Purpose, Pathways, and Mindset has been delayed, disrupted or needs adjustments. 

The design of the Momentum Summit for 2021 maximizes opportunities for faculty and staff to reflect on the work that has been done, and how it can be furthered, at their campus. The Summit will be held virtually and feature two sessions each day (one each in the morning and afternoon) arranged in themes distributed across ten days, with time set aside for structured, facilitated planning for your campus. 

Each campus is asked to assemble a cross-functional team for the Summit. Participation is not capped, so you may invite as many individuals as you like to join us. Not every person will need to attend every session, but we encourage you to plan and structure participation to ensure that your campus is represented at each session and that your team is able to share and engage during the designated team planning sessions to the greatest extent possible.

An agenda and resources for the Summit will be available soon.

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MOMENTUM SUMMIT IV | TENTATIVE PROGRAM OUTLINE

WEEK 1 – FEBRUARY 22 - 26

Date

Time

Session Title

Description

Monday,
February 22

9:30 – 11:00 am

Opening Plenary:

This session will reflect on the work that has been accomplished in Momentum and frame the opportunities for Momentum in the year ahead. 

10:30 – 11:30 am

Presidents and Senior Administration
(invitation only)

This session will provide an opportunity for Presidents and senior leadership on campuses to connect with the USG Academic Affairs team and each other on Momentum.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Meet your Data

This session investigates how institutions use data to understand their work and shape their priorities for Momentum as well as a discussion in how to communicate data to a wide audience. Key to this session will be suggestions and reflection on how to communicate campus Momentum priorities across the full scope of campus

Tuesday,
February 23

9:30 – 11:00 am

Leading Change in Turbulent Times

This session will discuss how institutions address change and build a culture of adaptability on camps. Institutions are invited to come prepared to share what lessons from the changes in response to the Pandemic we should apply to our future work.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: Accessible Learning

Hear from colleagues on how to identify, integrate, and deploy tools and resources that are fully accessible to students, including OERs, adaptive technology, and accessibility checks.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Structuring Faculty Development

This session focuses on approaches to scalable professional development for faculty. Using the lessons of the past year as a guide, this session provides an opportunity to share and learn about how institutions and the System can improve pedagogy and classroom instructional practice.

Wednesday,
February 24

All Day (times set by institution)

Team Planning

This Team Planning session provides each institutional team an opportunity to reflect on their priorities for Momentum work for 2021. Institutional teams will be invited to use this time to reflect on the impact and outcomes of the past year on their priority work and how to apply the lessons of the past year to make more resilient Momentum plans.

Thursday,
February 25

9:30 – 11:00 am

Responding to Change in the Classroom 

This session will expand on the discussion from Tuesday with an in-depth exploration of how student success pedagogies have been promoted and implemented at institutions. In addition to a discussion of implementation, participants will be asked to reflect on methods of assessment, evaluation and broader dissemination.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: Chatbots

Chatbots marry artificial intelligence, natural language, and appropriate technology to provide students with increased access to campus resources even when the campus is closed. This lunch and learn session provides an introduction to some of the tools that are available and the process for deployment.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Maintaining Momentum with Pathways, Maps and Fuller Schedules

Building and deploying program maps and fuller schedules were a key feature of the Momentum Year. As institutions have developed these, processes for maintaining, updating and improving the tools campuses use to communicate curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular expectations and milestones has evolved. This session will also provide an opportunity to share how institutions are approaching courses in a student’s focus area and insuring that students enroll in fuller schedules

Friday,
February 26

9:30 – 11:00 am

Pressure Testing Your Programs

Pressure Testing Programs to make sure students can navigate them successfully is a critical maintenance activity for Program Maps. This session will introduce approaches to this process and how the process can highlight hidden barriers to student progression

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Responding to Stress and Supporting Wellness

Even before the Pandemic, the University System has been engaged in discussions of mental health and wellbeing. This session will provide an update on programming across the state and provide an opportunity to share strategies for supporting student, faculty and staff wellness.

 

WEEK 2  WEEK 1 – MARCH 1 - 5

 

Date

Time

Session Title

Description

Monday,
March 1

9:30 – 11:00 am

Student Voices

Including student voices in institutional planning is critical, and challenging. This session will provide an opportunity to hear from students from across the system as well as discuss how best to engage and include student perspectives in your planning

10:30 – 11:30 am

Partners and Philanthropic Engagement
(invitation only)

This session provides an opportunity for a conversation about what we’ve learned and where we’re going with Momentum and to hear from the broader national community on what is emerging from other states and institutions

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Next Steps on Mindset

Much of the work that System has undertaken on Academic Mindset has been focused on better understanding our students and identifying opportunities for intervention and engagement. This session will provide an opportunity to reflect on what we’ve learned, what we still need to know, and an early look at activity across the system on Academic Mindset

Tuesday,
March 2

9:30 – 11:00 am

High Impact Practices
Implementing HIPs for Equity

A key to deepening learning across for all students is engagement in High Impact Practices and Experiential Learning. This session investigates how different institutions are embedding these practices throughout the curriculum in intentional ways to support student success.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Lunch and Learn: Internationalizing the Curriculum

Open Lunch and Learn/opportunity to dig deeper on opportunities to internationalize the curriculum

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Connecting with Students:

Last March’s shift to remote instruction underscored the importance of being able to connect with and respond to students quickly and in a coordinated manner. This session will discuss a variety of approaches and strategies campuses are deploying, including early alerts, “One Stop Shops,” and coordinated care approaches

Wednesday,
March 3

9:30 – 11:00 am

Connecting to Careers

Many institutions included connecting to careers as a key aspect of their Momentum Plans at the Summit III. This session provides an introduction to a Systemwide tool – Handshake – that helps students connect with employers and build their career portfolios. It will also profile the progress that several have made in integrating career connections into the student academic journey and programs, including career counseling, inventories, and career-focused Nexus degrees.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Building and Maintaining Communities

Learning Communities integrate the foundational framework of the Momentum Year in a number of ways. This session will profile approaches to this strategy and feature a discussion on how to build, reinforce and maintain communities on campus.

Thursday,
March 4

All Day (times set by institution)

Team Planning

This Team Planning session provides each institutional team an opportunity to shape their plans for 2021. Institutional teams will be invited to use this time to discuss their top priority work, draft their proposed implementation plan, select their “big idea” to share with the community, and develop their report out for the Summit.

Friday,
March 5

9:30 – 11:00 am

Campus Spotlights & Reflections

Each institution is asked to submit a brief overview of their “big idea” for review by Summit participants. More details on this will be provided during the Summit.

2:30 – 4:00 pm

Closing Remarks, Next Steps and Town Hall

Where next? This session will provide an opportunity for reflection by both the System Office and Institutions on the future direction of Momentum in the coming year.