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2021 Spring Coreq Academy and GOSS Meeting

2021 Spring Coreq Academy and GOSS Meeting

February 12, 2021

The “unprecedented” and uncertain nature of the last six months, particularly the sudden shift to remote learning, has forced us to get creative in totally unexpected ways and develop new student success superpowers to guide our students to the finish line—all while holding academic policies and expectations high.

We have tested the limits of flexibility when it comes to digital student engagement, delivery methods, remote teaching and learning, and meeting student learning outcomes. How do we continue supporting students and keeping them engaged when they’ve pivoted so much they’re dizzy, and so are we? Let’s share our successes, struggles, and lessons learned as we begin to imagine what student success will look like in a post-COVID pandemic world.

With this theme in mind, the Georgia Organization for Student Success (GOSS) and the University System of Georgia (USG) Corequisite Academy will partner to host a virtual conference February 12th. This conference will offer a blend of live, real-time speakers, and small-group discussion gatherings, and presentations on a variety of topics. The GOSS conference registration fee has been waived this year, so be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to join us! This is a great opportunity to bring more student success professionals into the fold.

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2021 GOSS/USG Corequisite Academy

Agenda and Program links

Quick Links

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Opening Plenary GOSS Business Session USG Updates Virtual Exhibition Hall
Concurrent sessions 1 Concurrent sessions 2 Concurrent sessions 3 Concurrent sessions 4
Round tables



Description and Session Link

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Plenary Session featuring Dr. Nikki Edgecombe


CUNY Start webpage TN CoReq Analysis CAPR Texas Math pathways CAPR SUNY Multiple Measures Texas Ed Review Commentary Caring Campus Initiative Project website   

Additional Resources:
CAPR website and CCRC website 

There is a piece coming out on culturally sustaining supports (that discusses the Culturally Engaging College Environments (CECE) framework) in the coming weeks, which will be available on CCRC's website. So stay tuned!

Concurrent Sessions 1

10:15 AM - 10:55 AM College Algebra Boot Camp During a Pandemic and Beyond

In an effort to save aspiring STEM majors time and money taking a math course inappropriate for their degree, we developed a Boot Camp to bridge knowledge gaps. The Boot Camp utilized a flipped classroom approach. This session discusses the implementation and results of the inaugural College Algebra Boot Camp.

Presenter: Leslie Davidson-Rossier, University of North Georgia

10:15 AM - 10:55 AM Linking Reading with Writing in English Learning Support Courses

This presentation will discuss the importance of reading in the corequisite learning support class for English Composition I, share examples of carefully-chosen readings on topics that are relevant to student success, and offer ideas on possible writing assignments that can be linked to the readings.

Presenter: Wei Cen, Dalton State College

10:15 AM - 10:55 AM We Care! Utilizing Faculty and Staff Care Teams to Keep Students Connected to Academic Success amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

Spearheaded by the President’s Task Force on Customer Service and in response to the dynamics of learning amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Atlanta Metropolitan State College employed a myriad of personalized high-touch point care teams to provide students with support in a number of academic and retention focused areas.

Presenter: J.L. Wyatt-Keyton & Meda J. Rollings, Atlanta Metropolitan State College


Concurrent Sessions 2

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Strategies for Student Success in College Algebra and Mathematical Modeling

This presentation describes and explains research-based strategies that have been shown to be useful for helping to improve student outcomes in College Algebra and Mathematical Modeling. It covers both motivation strategies and student collaboration strategies. Also, techniques for exciting student interest and building confidence will also be addressed.

Presenter: Noel Whelchel, Atlanta Metropolitan State College

11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Writing Our Way into an Equitable, Inclusive, and Sustainable Post-Pandemic Future

In a hybrid format, amidst a pandemic and widespread social unrest, what makes English coursework matter to first-year learning support students? By reframing the first-year writing sequence to promote identity development, deep listening, and passion for civic engagement, we empower our students to become change makers through their writing.

Presenter: Laura K. Lease & Joseph R. Lease, Wesleyan College


11:05 AM - 11:45 AM Connecting Core Curriculum Skills and Building Momentum with an Assignment that Combines Math and English

This assignment applies Momentum Principles to ask students to write to a friend who will be starting college in the fall to help her create a quantitative argument that minimizes her expenses in school, minimizes her debt after school, and minimizes her time to graduation.

Presenter: Stephen A. Raynie, Gordon State College


GOSS Business Session

12:00 PM - 12:45 PM GOSS Annual Business Meeting & Door Prize Drawing (BYO-luncheon)  

Concurrent Sessions 3

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Creating Engaging and Accessible Online Math Content

This session will provide information on creating engaging online mathematics content through Microsoft OneNote and Forms and address meeting ADA standards when sharing these materials with your students.

Presenter: Larissa Holm-Smith, Athens Technical College

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM Naming What THEY Know: Growth Mindsets and Metalinguistic Awareness in Corequisite Writers

“I’m sorry, Professor, but I’m just no good at grammar.” In this presentation, participants will investigate both research-based data and practical classroom strategies to engage students’ metalinguistic awareness for academic literacy and combat fixed mindsets--our own and our students’--regarding grammar development in corequisite writing classrooms.

Presenter: Miriam Moore, University of North Georgia (Gainesville)

Presentation  References

1:00 PM - 1:40 PM How Has COVID-19 Changed Corequisite Support?

How have the changes in instruction due to COVID-19 changed success rates for students with Corequisite Learning Support requirements? This presentation will compare data on student success from spring and summer 2020, with comparable data from spring and summer 2019 for students with and without Corequisite Learning Support requirements.

Presenter: Barbara L. Brown & Jonathan Watts Hull, System Office (University System of Georgia)

Concurrent Sessions 4

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Hey Good Lookin': Engaging with Visual Appeal

During this time of pivoting online, we have had to reach deep into our toolboxes. This presentation will add new digital tools to our boxes. Learn about creating a “film” trailer for an upcoming essay using FlexClip, building a visually appealing presentation with Canva, and constructing a safe space for questions using Google Jamboard.

Presenter: Amanda Boone, Georgia State University (Perimeter College)

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM "But I Hate Group Work": Service-Learning and Online Course Engagement

This presentation focuses on survey findings from my Fall 2020 Online course and their digital service-learning group projects. We will discuss supporting student engagement through group work while teaching online, focusing on meeting student learning outcomes while participating in digitally-based service-learning, and navigating service-learning during a pandemic.

Presenter: Mary McGinnis, College of Coastal Georgia


1:50 PM - 2:30 PM Active Learning without Dreaded Break Out Rooms

In this session, I will go over some active learning recommendations without the use of those dreaded breakout rooms that I have utilized in my Math 0999, 1111 and 1113 courses. I will discuss the pros/cons of the different websites, and what has worked best since primarily moving to online learning.

Presenter: Stephanie Reikes, Georgia Tech


Round Tables

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Providing Academic Support for Virtual Learning

(Dana Buxton, Athens Technical College, moderator)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Advancing Equity, Access, & Inclusion in Post-2020 Higher Ed

(Ethel Berksteiner, retired, Savannah Technical College, moderator)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Supporting Exhausted & World-Weary Students

(Deborah Manson, Georgia State University–Perimeter College, moderator)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Prioritizing a Holistic First Year Experience

(Stephen A. Raynie, Gordon State College, moderator)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Staying Connected: Virtual Advising Strategies

(Andrea Hendricks & Stefanie Wright, Georgia State University–Perimeter College, moderators)

2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Promoting Students’ Career Preparation Virtually

(Mallory Neil, Wesleyan College, moderator)

General Session

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM USG System Updates

Join Tristan Denley, Barbara Brown, and Jonathan Hull for USG and Co-Requisite Academy updates.


Exhibition Hall

8:00 - 5:00 PM Hawkes Learning  
8:00 - 5:00 PM Townsend Press