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2012 National Symposium


New Faces, New Expectations

Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17, 2012
New Orleans, Louisiana
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The college population is changing and the traditional college student—between the ages of 18-22, living on campus, working part time if at all, pursuing education for its own sake rather than as vocational training—is no longer the norm. Increasingly students are balancing school with demanding home or work lives, and seeking education as a stepping stone to employment in a competitive workforce. These students are bringing new expectations to the classroom, which raises new challenges for faculty members and institutions of higher education. How can we balance the changing needs of 21st century students with the longstanding goal of the academy to provide a substantive educational experience?

The growing presence of adult students and students with significant commitments outside the classroom (such as children and full-time work) is transforming the make-up of our college populations. Recent (2008) statistics show that 47% of college students are independent adults over 24—some are married, others are military veterans, and many are responsible for legal dependents other than a spouse. How can we successfully teach these students who are stretched thin by their many commitments both inside and outside the classroom?

Moreover, the reasons why students attend college are changing. Even students of traditional college age are affected by economic concerns; their mindset is more pragmatic, and they are less interested in knowledge for its own sake. After the economic downturn in 2008 this attitude has only become more pronounced, creating a tension between the traditional goals of liberal arts education and students’ legitimate concerns about future employment. What teaching and learning strategies can we use to help today’s practical students make connections between what they learn in the liberal arts classroom and the critical skills they will need to be successful in their careers and in their role as engaged citizens? How can we ensure that our professional majors prepare students for the working world not only in terms of specific skills, but also in terms of communication, problem-solving, and ethical decision making?

The Faculty Resource Network at New York University is pleased to announce the 2012 National Symposium New Faces, New Expectations. During the two-day symposium, keynote presentations, plenary panels, and breakout sessions will explore these topics in greater detail. We look forward to seeing you at what is sure to be a productive discussion of these crucial issues.

Registration Information

If you would like to register for the symposium, please complete the registration form and return it to our office by fax to 212-995-4101 or by email to by Friday, November 9, 2012. To view the registration form, click here.

Registration Deadline| November 9, 2012
Hotel Reservation Deadline| October 12, 2012

Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for faculty members and administrators from Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions. To see if your institution is a member of the Faculty Resource Network or Leadership Alliance, please click here. For participants outside of the FRN consortium, there will be a $150 registration fee. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an invoice for payment.

Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel, located on 2 Poydras Street, New Orleans, Louisiana.

In the 'center of it all,' the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, where distance is measured in feet, not cab fare, is in a prime downtown location on the banks of the Mississippi. The Riverwalk Marketplace (100+ shopping and food outlets) is at the hotel's doorstep and complements Bijoux Terner and two gift shops within the Hilton. New Orleans' finest restaurants and major New Orleans attractions are steps away from the hotel's front entrance. For information on the amenities available at The Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel, please click here.

Special Symposium Rate

Standard Rooms: $159 per night

  • The room rate is for single or double occupancy, exclusive of taxes. Payment must be made with a major credit card or cash instrument. Checks and third party credit cards are not accepted.

To take advantage of this special hotel arrangement, please call the New Orleans Hilton Riverside Hotel Reservations Department at 1.504.584.3959 from Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. When reserving your room mention that you are with a conference group and provide reference code FRN. Please have a major credit card ready to guarantee your reservation.

Rooms are on reserve for November 15, 16, and 17. For the best room selection and availability, please make your plans as early as possible.

A limited number of rooms are available at the group rate until the room block has been filled, or until October 12, 2012, after which the normal rate and availability restrictions will apply.

Ground Transportation

Limited bus service between the symposium proceedings at Xavier University of Louisiana, Dillard University, and the conference hotel will be provided to attendees at no additional cost. Additional information regarding bus service will be sent to symposium registrants in early November.

Previous National Symposia
  • 2011 National Symporium: "Emerging Pedagogies for the New Millenium"
  • 2010 National Symposium: "Engaging Students in the Community and the World"
  • 2009 National Symposium: "Challenge as Opportunity: The Academy in the Best and Worst of Times"
  • 2008 National Symposium: "Defining and Promoting Student Success”
  • 2007 National Symposium: "Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy”
  • 2006 National Symposium: "The Millennial Student”
  • 2005 National Symposium: "Spirituality and Higher Education"
  • 2004 National Symposium: "Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education: Diversity and Higher Education"
  • 2003 National Symposium: "Approaching Assessment: The Road Ahead"
  • 2002 National Symposium: "Being a Professor..."
  • 2000 National Symposium: "The Future of Liberal Arts Education"
  • 1999 National Symposium: "The Teaching and Learning Continuum"