McNair Promising Practices Institute – March 2-4, 2017

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This March 2-4, 2017 the University of Central Florida’s Academic Advancement Programs will host the 3rd Annual McNair Promising Practices Institute (MPPI) in Orlando, Florida.  The MPPI will provide an interactive forum for McNair staff to learn about the most innovative practices taking place in the McNair community and come together to share knowledge, tools, and insights with colleagues from across the country. The institute will include speakers, poster presentations, and many networking opportunities.

The following topics will be explored:

  • Addressing program objectives
  • Use of technology
  • Connecting with McNair alum
  • GRE preparation
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Program management
  • Involvement of faculty
  • Research experience for scholars
  • Preparing for national fellowships
  • Institutionalizing your McNair Program
  • And much more

The registration fee: $350.00.

Schedule: Workshops will run on Thursday, March 2nd and Friday, March 3rd.  Saturday, March 4th will be focused on creating cultural activities/events for your scholars and will include an optional day long visit to Kennedy Space Center.

Tentative Schedule: 

Thursday, March 2, 2017
10:00 am Registration
10:30 am Opening and Overview
11:00 am Keynote: Dr. Tia Brown McNair, Vice President of the Office of Diversity, Equity,
and Student Success at the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U)
12:30 am Group Photo & Networking Lunch
1:30 pm   Session I: Connecting with Graduate Schools: Taking Your Partnership to the Next Level
2:30 pm   Networking Break
2:45 pm   Session II: National McNair Initiatives
3:45 pm   Session III: McNair Director Panel Discussion
4:45 pm   Day One Wrap Up

Friday, March 3, 2017
9:00 am Session IV: Preparing Scholars for Competitive Fellowships
10:15 am Session V: Open Discussion on McNair Grant
11:15 am Promising Practices Showcase
12:30 pm Networking Lunch
2:00 pm Session VI: Building Institutional Support
2:45 pm Networking Break
3:00 pm Session V: Creative Pipelines for Recruitment
4:00 pm Session IV: Developing Academic & Summer Program Curriculum
5:00 pm Day Two Wrap Up and Action Plan

Saturday, March 4, 2017
8:30 am Depart from hotel for Kennedy Space Center (Visit to Space Shuttle Challenger Memorial)
9:30 am – 2:00 pm Explore Kennedy Space Center (lunch with an astronaut at 12:00 pm)
2:30 pm Depart from Kennedy Space Center
3:30pm – 4:00 pm Return to Hotel

Hotel information: DoubleTree by Hilton Orlando East – UCF Area
Group Name: 2017 McNair Promising Practices Professional
Hotel rate of $134.00 per night which includes WiFi and buffet breakfast.

Institute Venue:
University of Central Florida, Morgridge International Reading Center
4143 Andromeda Loop
Orlando, Florida

We hope you join us for this exciting event!