Best Practices in Higher Ed

Retention, Assessment, and Learner Empowerment

First Annual Petrocelli College Conference

This conference is designed to present higher education and secondary professionals with a platform to share best practices, introduce the innovative use of technology, and help enhance current instructional strategies. The focus will specifically be on transitional student populations and their transition from one educational identity from one to another.

Internal and external participants will have the opportunity to present and to attend sessions during which innovative topics in higher education will be shared. Participants will be exposed to current pedagogical practices associated with diverse instructional modes and institutional outcomes while exploring enhanced assessment tools in hands-on exercises.

Professional Development certificates are available for eligible participants.

Registration and deadlines

Date: April 3, 2020
Time: 9 AM to 3 PM
Location: FDU Metropolitan Campus
Cost: $25 to attend; $25 price includes continental breakfast and lunch
Free for presenters

Deadline for presenting: February 15, 2020
Deadline for registration to attend: March 1, 2020
Deadline for payment: March 15, 2020


Email: Michele Barto:
Call:Rob Medaska: 201-692-2073

Mailing address:

Petrocelli College
Edward Williams Building
150 Kotte Place
Hackensack, NJ 07601

Objectives for participants

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  • Identify innovative ways to connect with diverse student populations, including high school students, adult learners, returning Veterans, online degree participants, students with disabilities, and bilingual populations.
  • Identify successful learner engagement strategies for face-to-face, hybrid, and online instructional environments.
  • Develop pedagogically sound assessment methods.
  • Recognize the efficacy of implementing the latest technological advancements in the field of education.


The conference will be formatted using three distinct tracks to best meet participants’ needs:

Flexible degree options

Diversity delivery methods have now become the new standard. Alternative semester durations and personalized degree offerings have become more learner-centered than ever before to accommodate traditional students’ contemporary needs. Conference participants who choose to attend the sessions in this track will be exposed to flexible degree and course offering options, developed to provide solid instructional support in the ever-shrinking global market.

Personalized course assessments

The educational environment is a microcosm of the dynamic transitional settings that surround global citizens. Prior learning assessments are now standardized for non-traditional students, providing alternative avenues for degree completion. Conference participants who choose to attend the sessions in this track will be exposed to best practices in prior learner assessment for returning Veterans as well as public and private sector employees.

Pre-college degree options

Dual enrollment opportunities are desirable avenues for high school students to enter the higher education setting successfully. Educators are expected to provide instruction that complements this population’s unique skills and maximizes students’ understanding of college and University expectations. Conference participants who choose to attend the sessions in this track will be exposed to the ways high school students’ motivation can be used productively to nurture learning using the technological tools available.