Richland hosts 2017 Minority Serving Institution Convening

Higher education administrators from around the country will meet at Richland College on Oct. 20-21 to discuss initiatives that impact the academic success of students at minority-serving institutions. Richland, along with the Asian-American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) program, will host the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change.”

“The expectation is for colleagues in higher education from minority-serving institutions to share ideas for the continued academic success of their students,” said Megan Farmer, an AANAPISI navigator. “Participants of the MSI Convening will have the opportunity to engage in discussions about programs and initiatives from colleges across the nation who interact with similar student populations. They will listen and learn from guest presenters on student success strategies and data tools.”

While previous conferences have focused on best practices and innovation, this year’s MSI Convening will cover existing evidence, effective research and ways to develop more robust methods for determining the success of minority programs that will help colleges and universities obtain funding, improve programming and effect change.

This year’s event will kick off Friday at 8 a.m. and feature a keynote address with Dr. Mike Flores, president of Palo Alto College, a part of the Alamo College District in San Antonio. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn, founder and CEO of Do Good Work Educational Consulting, LLC, will give the plenary address on Saturday.

The conference will also include panel discussions and breakout sessions.

"Walk-in guests are welcome either morning of the MSI Convening,” said Farmer, an AANAPISI navigator. “There will be a special registration table for those individuals.”

Onsite registration is available Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and Saturday from 8-10 a.m. Attendance is free.

With around 15 percent of Richland’s student population comprised of Asian-Americans and Native American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and at least half demonstrating financial need, AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students.

The program helps the college to increase the three-year graduation rate for AAPI students who have one or more risks to success and completion, such as financial need or academic challenges.

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