Program- Work in Progress

The authors of accepted proposals will submit their papers by May 22. The peer-review and decision-making process will follow, with final acceptance at the end of July. Papers will be edited in August and the scheduling of presentations will take place in September.

We will post a tentative schedule here when registration opens in mid-June. In early October, we will finalize and provide the full conference schedule.

check out the Conference Facilities while we work on the program details

The view from the porch of the Grand Sandestin Conference Facilities


Sunday, November 5, on-site registration opens.

Monday, Symposium attendees may add half- and full-day pre-conference workshops. Details will be available when we open registration in early June.

Monday evening we will welcome all attendees with a reception. Use this opportunity to meet your colleagues and enjoy an assortment of tempting hors d’oeuvres.

Tuesday Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire will give the keynote address. It will be the first of two and a half days of concurrent sessions. Roundtable discussions will also be included in the program for the first time this year.

Wednesday begins with a plenary session and includes the poster session in addition to the concurrent sessions.

Thursday, we present our Best Practices Awards during breakfast. The concurrent sessions will conclude mid-day.

In addition to the sessions, you will have many opportunities to network with this diverse group of colleagues from around the country. Refreshments and some meals will be also be included during your time at the symposium.

Keynote – Metacognition: The Key to Increasing Retention and Graduation Rates for All Students!

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire
Saundra McGuire

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at Louisiana State University. She is an internationally recognized chemical educator, author and lecturer who has travelled the globe promoting sure-fire strategies to help students, including those underrepresented in science and math professions, to be successful in their coursework and careers. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 300 institutions in 44 states and eight countries. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. Her latest book is Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation.

She received her B.S. degree, magna cum laude, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, LA, her Master’s degree from Cornell and her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where she received the Chancellor’s Citation for Exceptional Professional Promise. Her most recent awards include induction in 2017 into the LSU College of Science Hall of Distinction, receiving the 2017 American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students to Pursue Careers in the Chemical Sciences, and receiving the 2016 AAAS Lifetime Mentoring Award. She is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

She is married to Dr. Stephen C. McGuire, a professor of physics at Southern University. They are the parents of Dr. Carla McGuire Davis and Dr. Stephanie McGuire, and the doting grandparents of Joshua, Ruth, Daniel, and Joseph Davis.


21st Century students come to college with widely varying academic skills and motivation levels. Although all students who are admitted have the ability to succeed, many students do not have effective learning strategies and resort to memorizing information just before tests. They then lose confidence in their ability after they fail their first round of exams. This is especially true of many underprepared students who were less likely to have been enrolled in a challenging academic environment before they get to college. This interactive talk will present findings from cognitive science and wellness research that can be used to engage all areas of an institution in improving student success. The session will present specific strategies that have resulted in significant increases in student learning in undergraduate, graduate, and professional school environments. We will focus on ways to teach students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success in their courses, their careers and in life.

Specific strategies that have resulted in significant increases in student learning