About the Conference

32nd Annual TASS Conference

March 20-23, 2022


Welcome to the 32nd 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 asreading, critical thinking, study skills, writing, ESL, math, science, social sciences and humanities. Other foci of interest include technology and online education, leadership and diversity, freshmen success and other transitional experiences, multiculturalism on college campuses, adult learners, students with disabilities, student support services, academic advising, career planning, program administration, 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 focus of TASS is best practices that are supported by solid research. However, we are not a research conference, but rather a practitioner conference. We are a unique conference that provides a productive environment for dialogue between faculty and student services.  We go beyond student under-preparedness and student success in higher education; we are looking into student success beyond the academia and after graduation.