Symposium to focus on student engagement



Two leading experts on promoting student engagement and success inside and outside the halls of higher education will speak at Daytona State College’s eighth annual Academic Excellence Symposium slated for Friday, March 4, from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Hosseini Center on the college’s Daytona Beach Campus, 1200 W. International Speedway Blvd.

This year’s symposium theme is “Supporting the Whole Student: Identifying Pathways to Success’’.

Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility at the University of Alabama, will speak about how institutions can help students develop a greater sense of civic responsibility and promote social change.

Black founded Impact Alabama, an award-winning nonprofit where college students and graduates take part in structured service projects that promote learning and leadership development.

Speaker from Emory
The symposium’s second keynote speaker, Dr. Robert N. McCauley, is director of the Center for Mind, Brain and Culture at Emory University. His talk, “The Cognitive Unnaturalness of Abstract Reasoning and Science,’’ will focus on effective strategies to teach critical thinking to students.

The annual event attracts educators from across the region who are interested in how higher education can strengthen foundations for student success.

In addition to the keynote speakers, the symposium will feature break-out sessions on such topics as integrating service learning into course curriculum, effective online classroom strategies, creative approaches to academic writing, implementing academic integrity policies, helping students develop soft skills and more.

The symposium is free and open to education professionals interested in scholarly discussion and research. Registration is encouraged, as seating is limited.

For details or to register online, visit or email John Brady,



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