Faculty Resource Network

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2016 National Symposium

Teaching a New Generation of Students

When: Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19, 2016

Where: Atlanta, Georgia

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2016

Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 27, 2016

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Teaching a New Generation of Students



Today’s college students are both like and unlike those of previous generations. They bring with them similar aspirations for personal growth and development, but with increasing pressures to gain an education that provides a path to a profession. Among this group are many first-generation college students and under-represented minorities, along with students from abroad, veterans, prison inmates, and students with disabilities. The challenges that faculty members now encounter in their classrooms require concerted and collaborative efforts to help all students achieve academic success, especially those who need increased academic support.

According to the U.S. Department of Education, the college classroom of the future will become more diverse than ever in our history. Are colleges and universities prepared to educate increasing numbers of historically under-represented students? In what ways will increased student diversity influence classroom conversations, or the types of courses offered within the curriculum? How will faculty members respond to students with varied backgrounds and experiences that may differ from their own? How can colleges and universities promote the retention, progress, and success of first-generation students?

International students often bring different academic backgrounds, languages, and cultural expectations to the college classroom. How are we accommodating the growth of international diversity in the student population? How can faculty members ensure that international and domestic students both benefit from their educational interaction?

Other student populations are equally in need of special attention. Many veterans are now enrolling in college after their military service. Transfer students, especially those making the transition from two-year to four-year institutions, often struggle to adjust to the social and academic culture of a new college or university. Commuter students are often left out of conversations about campus community. Students with disabilities require extra assistance to support their educational goals. Finally, there is growing interest in offering college courses to prison inmates, with the aim of breaking the cycle of recidivism. How is higher education responding to the needs of this diverse set of students?

The 2016 FRN National Symposium, located in Atlanta, Georgia, will examine these challenging questions by drawing on our collective expertise as scholars, educators, practitioners, and administrators. We look forward to holding our sessions at three FRN member institutions: Clark-Atlanta University, Morehouse College, and Spelman College.

Registration Information

Registration Deadline: November 7, 2016
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 27, 2016
Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for faculty members and administrators from Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions. For participants outside of the FRN consortium, there will be a $150 registration fee. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an invoice for payment.
To register for the symposium, please use the link below to access the online symposium registration form:


Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta Hotel in Buckhead. Additional information about hotel amenities is located on their website, at


Special Symposium Rate

Standard Rooms: $169 per night
Rooms are on reserve for November 17, 18, and 19. For the best room selection and availability, please make your plans as early as possible.
All reservations can be made via the online registration form. The link to Faculty Resource Network’s designated reservation page is below. Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until October 27, 2016. Any reservations over and above the group block are based on availability.
The Grand Hyatt Atlanta Hotel registration page is located at this link: https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NewYorkUniversity2016


Ground Transportation

Limited ground transportation between the Grand Hyatt Hotel and symposium venues will be provided by the Faculty Resource Network.


Previous National Symposia

  • 2015 National Symposium: “Advancing Social Justice From Classroom to Community”
  • 2014 National Symposium: “The Global Imperative for Higher Education”
  • 2013 National Symposium: “Reinventing Liberal Education”
  • 2012 National Symposium: “New Faces, New Expectations”
  • 2011 National Symposium: “Emerging Pedagogies for the New Millennium”
  • 2010 National Symposium: “Engaging Students in the Community and the World”
  • 2009 National Symposium: “Challenge as Opportunity: The Academy in the Best and Worst of Times”
  • 2008 National Symposium: “Defining and Promoting Student Success”
  • 2007 National Symposium: “Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy”
  • 2006 National Symposium: “The Millennial Student”
  • 2005 National Symposium: “Spirituality and Higher Education”
  • 2004 National Symposium: “Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education: Diversity and Higher Education”
  • 2003 National Symposium: “Approaching Assessment: The Road Ahead”
  • 2002 National Symposium: “Being a Professor…”
  • 2000 National Symposium: “The Future of Liberal Arts Education”
  • 1999 National Symposium: “The Teaching and Learning Continuum”