Fourth Annual Forum

Building Strong Undergraduate Education: The Essentials

February 19-21, 2017

El Centro College: Dallas County Community College District (Campus Map)
801 Main Street
Dallas, TX 75202

(Nearby Dining Options)



– Successfully Incorporating one or more of the following Texas Core Objectives into the Foundational Component Areas of the Texas Core Curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills
  • Teamwork
  • Social Responsibility
  • Personal Responsibility

– Designing Effective Assignments and Signature Work

– Successfully Implementing the VALUE Rubrics

– Designing and Implementing High Impact Practices (HIPS)

– Strategies for Successful Faculty Development

– Assessment of Student Learning at the Course, Program, and Institutional Level

KEYNOTE – DR. BETSY BAREFOOT | Senior Scholar for the John N. Gardner Institute

Betsy Barefoot

Biography: Betsy Barefoot is a native of North Carolina. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Duke University and Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Higher Education from the College of William and Mary. Currently, Dr. Barefoot serves as a Senior Scholar for the John N. Gardner Institute in Brevard, North Carolina. In her work at the Institute, Dr. Barefoot is directly involved in the development of instruments and strategies to evaluate and improve the first college year. In addition, she conducts seminars on the first-year experience across the United States and in other countries and assists other colleges and universities in implementing and evaluating first-year programs.

Prior to assuming this position in 1999, Dr. Barefoot served for 11 years as Co-Director for Research and Publications in the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. In this position, she engaged in ongoing research on first-year programming in American higher education and co-edited a number of publications including the Journal of The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, the First-Year Experience Newsletter, and a series of single-topic monographs. While at the University of South Carolina, Dr. Barefoot also served as a clinical faculty member in the University of South Carolina’s College of Education

Dr. Barefoot has also authored and co-authored a number of publications including the 2005 Jossey-Bass books, Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College, and Challenging and Supporting the First-Year Student: A Handbook for the First Year of College. She has also edited The First Year and Beyond: Rethinking the Challenge of Collegiate Transition, a 2008 volume of New Directions for Higher Education. In May 2016 she co-authored The Undergraduate Experience:  Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most. Currently, she serves as Co-Editor for the New Directions in Higher Education series. Dr. Barefoot continues her interest in music as an occasional vocal performer, pianist, and church organist. She is married to another scholar of the first-year experience, John N. Gardner. The “BGs,” as they are known in their neighborhood, reside in Pisgah Forest, North Carolina.


The registration fee for this event is $125.00 per person.

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Cancellation requests must be received by 5:00 PM CST on Friday, February 10, 2017 in order to receive a 100% refund of the registration fee. To request a cancellation, email Any requests received after the deadline noted above will not be eligible for a refund.


Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown
1015 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75202

Room rate$109 plus taxes

When making your reservations use reservation code EAP. To receive the group rate, you must make your reservations by Friday, February 3, 2017.

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For guests staying at The Crowne Plaza Dallas Downtown, a self-parking garage operated by LAZ Parking Services is offered. Rates vary. Parking is provided on a space-available basis only.

Additional parking is available throughout the Downtown Dallas area for a fee. Rates vary. Feel free to use these resources as you plan your trip.

Are you local to the Dallas area? Consider taking the DART. There is a stop approximately a half block from the campus (West End Station).


Dr. Susan Albertine | Senior Scholar in the Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)

albertineDr. Albertine has directed the partner state-level activities of AAC&U’s centennial campaign, Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP) since 2008 and leads the Faculty Collaboratives project. A former public school teacher and career-long advocate for literacy, Albertine has been nationally active to advance pre-school through college alignment, including transfer from two-year to four-year institutions.

Albertine received her BA from Cornell University, her MA from SUNY Cortland, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, all in English literature. She has been an English professor and dean at the College of New Jersey, vice provost for undergraduate studies, Temple University, and assistant to the provost, University of Pennsylvania. She has held faculty positions at Chicago State University, the University of North Florida, St. Olaf College, and Susquehanna University. Her board service has included the Camden Academy Charter High School, Camden, New Jersey; the Council of Colleges of Arts and Sciences—a national deans’ organization—and the Advisory Board, National Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

LEAP States Handout


Ms. Karen Mongo | El Centro College, Host
Dr. Nancy Martin | The University of Texas at San Antonio, Immediate Past Host
Dr. Loraine Phillips | The University of Texas at Arlington, Chair
Dr. David Billeaux  | Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Dr. Larry King | Stephen F. Austin State University
Dr. Rebecca Lewis | The University of Texas at Arlington
Dr. Catherine Parsoneault | The University of Texas at Dallas
Mr. Jeff Roberts | Sam Houston State University
Ms. Tiffany Willis | The University of Texas at Austin