About the Conference

30th Annual TASS Conference

April 7-10, 2019
Riverside Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

2019 Conference Brochure

2019 Conference Program


Welcome to the 30th annual Teaching Academic Survival and Success (TASS) Conference, sponsored by Northern Essex Community College (NECC) and hosted by Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

On college campuses everywhere, there are students who are not well enough prepared academically to take full advantage of the available educational opportunities. How do we reach and help our largest educational minority--the marginally prepared college student?

TASS conference participants explore various techniques and teaching philosophies used by educational specialists throughout the country.

The TASS Conference was the creation of Dr. James Harter and Dr. Terry Bullock at the University of Cincinnati. They felt there was a need for college educators working with at-risk students to have a forum for sharing their experiences, successes, and insights in working with these students. With help and encouragement from David Hartleb, the former Dean at the University of Cincinnati, and Professor Harry Prats, University of Cincinnati, we were able to secure funds to initiate the conference. David Hartleb, now the retired President of Northern Essex Community College (NECC), once again championed the cause of TASS through NECC. As a result of his contributions and those of retired Dean David Kelley (NECC), who joined the TASS Executive Board in 1998, Dr. Victoria Appatova from the University of Cincinnati, who joined the Executive Board in 2004, and our Advisory Board, the TASS Conference has continued to grow and flourish. We thank the hundreds of educators who have shared their wisdom over the years and provided strategies to help make the dreams of college students come true.

Generally, there are 50 to 70 sessions, where presenters using a workshop approach describe methods they have used to help students succeed in various academic areas such asreading, critical thinking, study skills, writing, ESL, math, science, social sciences and humanities. Other foci of interest include technology and online education, leadership and diversity, freshmen success and other transitional experiences, multiculturalism on college campuses, adult learners, students with disabilities, student support services, academic advising, career planning, program administration, as well as preparing high school students for college. Conference evaluations have indicated that each participant can come away with a wealth of practical ideas, strategies, and materials to take back to their respective institutions.

The focus of TASS is best practices that are supported by solid research. However, we are not a research conference, but rather a practitioner conference. We are a unique conference that provides a productive environment for dialogue between faculty and student services.  We go beyond student under-preparedness and student success in higher education; we are looking into student success beyond the academia and after graduation.

The 2019 TASS conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Riverside Hotel which affords us the perfect environment for organized learning. Riverside Hotel is the only hotel on Las Olas Boulevard located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale and only two miles from the beach. Proximity to the Intracoastal Waterway and Fort Lauderdale's famous Water-taxi and Port Everglades, as well as beaches, restaurants, shopping, sporting and entertainment venues, will allow you and your family a variety of educational and recreational activities.

Dates of future TASS conferences:

March 29 - April 1, 2020

For additional information regarding our annual conference, please visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TASS2018/. We are encouraging conference participants to take as many pictures as possible and post them on Social Media to share their experiences. Please use the following hashtag: #TASS2k18 (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram). Thank you again for your participation. We look forward to documenting our annual meetings.