24th Annual TASS Conference
March 17-20, 2013
Embassy Suites Hotel
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Welcome to the 24th 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 as reading, study skills, writing, math, technology, freshman orientation and other transitional experiences, multiculturalism on college campuses, student support services, academic advising, career planning, program administration, special needs (ESL, LD), 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 2013 TASS conference will be held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the Embassy Suites Hotel conference center, which affords us the perfect environment for organized learning. Each suite offers comfortable accommodation in two fully equipped rooms with a kitchenette. 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.