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Education leaders to discuss student challenges during digital summit

Posted at 10:34 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 08:39:42-05

IDAHO — On Tuesday, Boise State University will present Project Launchpad, a national digital summit. The virtual event brings together several university and college presidents across the country to discuss and share tools for students to succeed as they continue their learning experience during this pandemic.

"This summit aims to really bring together innovative ideas, new researchers, best practices, the newest thinking and bringing together experts in a variety of feels," said Dr. Marlene Tromp, Boise State University President.

The summit will also address student engagement.

"Student affairs. How do we help students remained engaged even when they can have less contact with each other," Tromp said. "I'm teaching a class this semester, and I had a student say to me, 'I would give up all why face to face classes for one Broncos football game.' You know, that desire to feel connected. You know, how do we ensure they are connected?"

A group of experts will also discuss how to help graduate students and provide them with the tools to succeed.

"For master's degree students, they might only be in school for two years. That's a real challenge for somebody to have their education remote. How do we ensure they are successful and that they have the resources they need," Tromp said.

A final session will be about the mental health that students may be experiencing. Dr. Tromp hopes the event will provide resources for students to find success.

"What I hope anyone that goes here, I'm hoping that they'll hear low-cost no-cost strategies to make a difference right now in students' lives and to make sure those students have an opportunity that has the same shot of success as every other class of students in years prior," she said.

Project Launchpad National Digital Summit is free and people can register here It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.