Kelvin Rutledge, Evaluation Committee Chair
The 2015 Florida ACE Annual Conference marked the 50th anniversary of the association’s history and developed a conference experience committed to the field of career development, employer relations, and the future of career services. The conference evaluation is designed to give attendees the opportunity to provide insight and feedback to their experience in addition to provide suggestions to improve the 2016 annual conference. Thus, the purpose of the following report is to illustrate the survey results for the conference and to be utilized as an objective marker to help plan, enhance, and maximize future conference experiences.
The conference evaluation survey consisted of 18 questions where participants were given the opportunity to rate the overall conference, programming, and events, and provide feedback on what they found to be most and least useful and/or effective. A rating scale of Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor, and N/A were used in conjunction with open-ended questions for comments and suggestions. Overall, over 90% of conference attendees who participated in the survey described the conference as “very good” or “excellent.” Additionally, the publicity and promotions, conference programming, and conference location were well received by conference attendees.
Programming was viewed as a quality component of the conference experience. The opening and closing sessions framed the multi-faceted nature of the work well. Additionally, breakout sessions engaged and developed multiple conversations across institution types. The top rated breakout sessions were as follows: Professional Development—The Next Frontier (4.52/5.0); Building a Bridge: Creating a Comprehensive and Experiential Career Development Training for Academic Advisors (4.45/5.0); and Application of a Job Shadow Program in a Community College (4.25/5.0). Roundtables, special events, meals, and receptions with the highest rating were rated highly as the general membership indicated the special nature of celebrating the 50th anniversary. Overall suggestions included providing focused programming based on institutional type and more pieces for employers attending the conference.
Included are the comments from participants and the tables provided by the survey. The Florida ACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members will review the feedback collected in order to effectively plan conference events and programming. The results may be viewed via the Survey Monkey account.