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Pre-Conference STLR Institute

March 13, 2019 
University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK

Drawing upon evidence-based research, High-Impact Practices (HIPs), Transformative Learning, and authentic assessment tools, the University of Central Oklahoma’s (UCO’s) Student Transformative Learning Record (STLR, http://stlr.uco.edu)* is a non-proprietary model with a proven track record for increasing retention, student academic achievement, and workforce readiness. Other institutions that have adopted and adapted STLR to their missions, cultures, and specific needs are now finding this to be true for them, too, whether they call the process “STLR” on their campuses or name the process something more suited to their branding. This pre-conference institute will gather interested institutional teams to learn about the STLR initiative.

UCO’s STLR staff will cover:

  • the STLR framework of operationalizing Transformative Learning on a campus-wide scale using a collaborative, cross-campus, silo-breaking model;
  • how UCO measures and assesses student development of beyond-disciplinary skills and experience in both the curriculum and co-curriculum, with faculty and staff all using the same rubrics, which are based on the Association of American Colleges & University’s development of the VALUE rubrics (Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education) as part of the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) Program for preparing students with an “education for a world of unscripted problems (AAC&U, 2017)”;
  • how the STLR tracking system works, including a Learning Management System (D2L) demonstration;
  • the resulting STLR Snapshot and ePortfolio;
  • how STLR built faculty buy-in and trained faculty and staff side-by-side;
  • the importance of building well-written student critical reflection prompts that help students integrate and articulate their learning for future interviews, jobs, graduate schools, the community, and family (i.e., for “life”);
  • impressive retention and achievement data results through 4 years of STLR implementation; and,
  • insights gained/lessons learned.

One or more guest facilitators from STLR-adopting institutions will cover:

  • What attracted them to the STLR framework
  • Adaptations necessary to fit their campuses
  • Lessons learned during implementation
  • Preliminary results of their STLR adoption

The Institute is a workshop style format, with hands-on, interactive components, case scenarios, and group work time.

Institutional team time will be built into the Institute program to allow participants to conceptualize a plan of implementation or framework at their home institutions. Teams will be able to consult with Institute facilitators. Attendees are invited to informallly gather for dinner near the conference venue in downtown Oklahoma City after the Institute ends. 

*There’s no licensing fee or any proprietary ownership connected with STLR, which was scaled up with the support of a U.S. Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions Program grant.
Hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma