NOVA Deans of Students Present at National Conference

NOVA Dean of Students administrators Dr. Tyson Beale (Alexandria Campus) and Dr. Beatrice McKeithen (Medical Education Campus) presented at the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Community College Institute in Los Angeles.

The conference session entitled, Enrollment: An Indelible Impact in the First Year, reviewed high impact practices, engagement tools and strategies to enhance institutional development. With over 7,000 student affairs educators, the NASPA Annual Conference is the largest event of its kind. There were over 500 educational sessions presented by student affairs professionals.

As presenters, McKeithen and Beale utilized Noel-Levitz instruments to channel discussions on non-academic factors relative to retention, completion and satisfaction among students. The presentation incorporated NOVA’s newfound perspective on design thinking and the progressive measures taken by the Dean of Students Workgroup.

“The successes and strides of NOVA students are a true reflection of our faculty, staff, and administration,” said Beale. “Both Dr. McKeithen and myself are truly grateful for the opportunity to have represented NOVA on a national level.”

On day-two of the Community College Institute, Beale and McKeithen served as facilitators for the Idea Accelerator Action Planning Sessions. Participants came prepared to generate new ideas on institutional and departmental projects at their respective institutions.

“The Idea Accelerator Action Planning Sessions were impactful as College professionals processed fundamental and data-aligned methods to attract and retain students at higher levels,” said McKeithen.

Near the conclusion of the conference, participants were more prepared to skillfully redefine goals and actionable strategies with meaningful context.

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