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SDSU Spring Conference 2021

Reinvesting in Our Campus Commitment to General Education

*** This event is co-sponsored by the South Dakota State University Academic Affairs Sub-committee on General Education and the SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

A college education helps students form a new knowledge base, make connections, and seek unique experiences to build the career and life they desire. General Education is a foundational component of the student experience, empowering students to become independent thinkers who are able to transform their learning into meaningful action. To achieve these outcomes, all members of the SDState community, including administrators, faculty, advisors, staff from student services offices, and others, must embrace and promote the value of General Education. Join us for Reinvesting in Our Campus Commitment to General Education to learn about how you can impact student outcomes by helping to change the narrative about General Education at SDState. 

Monday, May 10, 2021

9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Keynote: Relationship- Rich Education and the Value of General Education and Student Success

Keynote Speaker - Peter Felten, Ph.D

Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. He works with colleagues on institution-wide teaching and learning initiatives, and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In his teaching, Peter aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published six books about undergraduate education including most recently (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-17) and also of the POD Network(2010-2011), the U.S. professional society for educational developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education.

10:00 am to 10:45 am

Breakout Sessions

  • Faculty - "Teaching the Value of General Education Across the Curriculum" facilitated by Peter Felten, Elon University 
  • Advising - "Promoting the Value of General Education through Advising" facilitated by Jake Rudy, University of Minnesota
  • Student Affairs - "General Education at SDSU and Its Connection to Student Affairs and Co-Curricular Units" facilitated by Shari Landmark, Erica Moore and Matt Miller, South Dakota State University
  • Administration - " A Conversation on Reinvesting in General Education" facilitated by Don Marshall, Lynn Sargeant, and Charlene Wolf-Hall

11:00 am to 12:00pm

Unit Level Meetings on General Education

Designated time for academic units (colleges, departments, student support centers, etc.) across campus to discuss general education. We encourage all campus units, including those with an indirect connection to general education, to explore their program's connection to general education at SDState.


***Campus units that plan to engage in a unit-level conversation about general education will need to designate a session facilitator. The facilitator will be responsible for creating the Zoom meeting, inviting participants, and facilitating the unit-level conversation. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning will provide training for session facilitators prior to the meeting. Units planning a dedicated meeting should send the name of the designated session facilitator to Kevin Sackreiter by Monday, April 29, 2021.