Mark your calendars for the Learning College Summit!
June 12-15, 2011
The Learning College Summit is a working retreat for college teams to connect with colleagues and to share experiences, discuss issues, and explore strategies for overcoming obstacles and meeting challenges related to learning. Participants examine effective practices in crafting a culture of learning; aligning quality, inquiry, and accountability with student learning and success; establishing learning outcomes and assessment in all areas of the college; engaging students from recruitment to completion and lifelong learning; and designing and creating environments for learning. The Summit is designed to benefit colleges that are beginning the journey toward becoming more learning centered as well as veteran Learning Colleges that are well on their way.
Summit Format. Each year, the Summit is organized around five topics. After an opening plenary session on the first evening, the program devotes a half-day to each topic over the next two-and-a-half days. An interactive Symposium kicks off each half-day session, followed by a set of concurrent Forums led by community college educators and scholars. Summit participants are engaged as full partners in the Summit since plenary and concurrent sessions are designed to be interactive.
The half-day session ends with Conversations about Learning, time designated for college teams to meet and discuss what they have learned and how it may apply to their institutions. Individual participants who are not with a college team are invited to join a facilitated conversation during this time. For those who wish to use it, a conversation guide is provided in the Summit binder, which also includes the program and other resources related to the Learning College. Each registered participant receives a Learning College Summit binder.
Evaluation ratings and comments indicate that participants appreciate the Summit format and content. One 2010 Summit participant wrote, “Please keep the format as is for future Summits. Our team thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share and reflect on each session.” A veteran participant commented that, “The opportunity to work with our team…was truly invaluable. This is always a productive experience.” One participant described the Summit as “intense and thought-provoking,” while another wrote, “I learned a lot. I was inspired.” Still another said, “I look forward to making this my standing annual event.”
Summit Setting. The League has arranged for a special room rate for Summit participants at the historic Arizona Biltmore. Opened in 1929, this “Jewel of the Desert” is renowned for its Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design, and rests on 39 acres at the foot of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. Panoramas of majestic Piestewa Peak are a backdrop for its elegant, relaxed atmosphere. Centrally located just eight miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and with outstanding service, comfortable space, and striking architecture, the Arizona Biltmore provides a distinctive setting for the Learning College Summit. See Travel Info for additional travel information.
Summit Registration. Summit registration includes all Summit sessions, the opening reception, three continental breakfasts, two luncheons, and the Learning College Summit binder. After a full day of learning, Summit participants can take advantage of the complimentary chartered evening shuttle to explore dining, shopping, and entertainment options in the Phoenix Biltmore and Old Town Scottsdale areas.