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CSU Global president and provost speak on panels at international education conference regarding first generation and underserved populations, and the utilization of analytical models to positively impact educational outcomes
Greenwood Village, CO (Wednesday June 15, 2016)-Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) President Dr. Becky Takeda-Tinker and Provost Dr. Jon Bellum both participated in education panels at the international GlobalMindED conference in Denver, Colorado last Friday.
Dr. Takeda-Tinker moderated a panel on the utilization of evidence-based practices and data analytics to improve outcomes for first generation and underserved populations of students. Dr. Bellum shared his thoughts on a panel regarding attainment gaps for the same underserved populations. The GlobalMindED conference, which boasted over 700 attendees, including 100 first generation college students, brings first-generation college students together with educators, industry professionals, global entrepreneurs, policy makers, and the nonprofit sector to promote access and opportunity for college and workplace success.
“The GlobalMindED conference’s focus on access, equity, and opportunity fits with our mission of advancing student success in a global society,” said Takeda-Tinker. “As a leader in providing high quality, affordable, and career-relevant education to nontraditional adult learners, we appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with others to help drive the industry forward.”
In CSU Global’s student population, 40% of students are first generation college students, and 26% represent underserved populations. One hurdle discussed in both panels was the student debt crisis, which CSU Global seeks to address through individualized tuition planning sessions for each student, as well as multiple alternative credit options. The university also utilizes transfer agreements with community colleges, and its acceptance of nontraditional credit from vetted organizations including American Council on Education, to allow students to transfer their credits toward a more traditional bachelor’s degree.
The 2016 conference theme was Collective Impact: Who Will Magnify Your Work and Results? The conference was divided into several tracks including health, higher education, K-12, global work skills, STEM, students, policy, and technology. The event included panels, workshops, and a career fair for the student attendees.
About Colorado State University Global
Colorado State University Global (CSU Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners. As the first and only 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States, CSU Global is focused on student success as its number one priority. Embracing the land grant heritage as part of the Colorado State University System, CSU Global sets the standard for quality and innovation in higher education through its expert faculty who are recognized as industry leaders and trained in working with adults in an online learning environment. CSU Global offers a streamlined enrollment process with accelerated eight week courses that start every four weeks. Visit CSUGlobal.edu or call 1-800-920-6723 for more information.