Lights. Camera. Destination Miami. The 2016 Florida ACE Annual Conference provided a space to re-frame and examine current career service practices and enrich the future through conference programming. 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. The survey received 58 total responses yielding a 48% response rate. Overall, over 86% 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: Educating Students about Professional Dress in a Gender Inclusive Manner (4.71/5.0); On Campus Brand: The Road to Success (4.64/5.0); and SITE – The Senior Insight and Transition Event – Aka: The Senior Career Conference (4.57/5.0). Roundtables, special events, meals, and receptions were well received by the general membership as well.
The Florida ACE Board of Directors and Conference Committee members is always willing to receive feedback for conference planning purposes. Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact any Board of Director.