AFC Plenary Presentations

Morning Plenary

Thursday, January 11th

9:00 AM – 10:45 AM


The Future of Student Success is Now

Presenters: Ashlie Prioleau (Assistant Vice President for Retention, Thriving, and Student Success), Bridget Trogden (Dean of Undergraduate Education & Professor) & student panelists

In today’s ever-changing world, higher education must adapt to meet the needs of its student populations. But what does that mean for those doing the day-to-day work with and for students at American University? In this plenary session, we will explore trends in student success and interventions, with a strong focus on what the data tell us (retention/graduation rates, evolving analytics, and generative AI) and the powerful role of building meaningful interpersonal connections within our AU community.

Lunch Plenary Conversation

Friday, January 12th

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

(In-person or Livestream)

The Impact of Generative Artificial Intelligence on Our Teaching, Research, Learning, and Community

Panelists: Naomi S. Baron (Professor Emerita), Jerome Clarke (Assistant Professor, Philosophy & Religion), Gihan Fernando (Assistant Vice Provost of Career Center),Gwanhoo Lee (Professor and Chair, Information Technology & Analytics) & Alison Thomas (Assistant Dean for Academic Integrity)

Generative Artificial Intelligence (GAI) has rapidly entered our work and life at AU in a variety of ways in the past year, creating an environment that for many of us is unchartered territory. In this plenary conversation, five faculty, staff, and student panelists will discuss their take on the values and risks of this new technology.