Day 1: Wednesday, August 4

SESSION 1 · 11:00am - 11:45am

From the CEO’s Desk


  • Fred Weiss, President and CEO, Othot

What a year it has been! Join Fred Weiss as he kicks off Othot's 4th Annual Partner Experience, sharing observations from his tenure as Othot’s CEO, insights into our relationship with Liaison, and his thoughts on the role of AI for higher education.

SESSION 2 · 12:00pm - 1:00pm

The Othot Innovation Journey Product Overview


  • John Abbatico, Co-founder and CTO, Othot
  • Bob DiMaggio, VP of Product, Othot

Looking back to look forward, John Abbatico and Bob DiMaggio share Othot’s innovation journey, focusing on features and functions in the platform that help you make more informed decisions. They’ll also talk about the future evolution of the platform and the role of our partners in defining that future.

Lunch Break · 1:15pm - 1:45pm

Sponsored Lunch Break

SESSION 3 · 2:00pm - 3:00pm

From Entry Level to Senior Level, How Analytics Can Transform Enrollment Management


  • Jason Hale, Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Texas Tech University

Most institutions use a wealth of data to meet enrollment goals, but who has access to the data? What if the data lived at every level of your organization? Hear how Texas Tech University has empowered its team, from entry level to senior level, to utilize data analytics in their daily operations. Integrating existing enrollment data from multiple external data sources with Othot’s platform, Texas Tech has been able to grow enrollment and retention nine percent in the last three years. Texas Tech believes that data analytics should be used by all staff who assist students throughout their enrollment journeys. This session will provide tips on creating a data-driven culture and highlight Texas Tech’s journey as an Othot partner over the past five years.

SESSION 4 · 3:15pm - 3:45pm

Revolutionizing the Narrative of Academic Success through Qualitative Research


  • Rebecca Farabaugh, Communications Manager, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
  • Mary Napoli, Director of Tutoring and Academic Success, University of Pittsburgh

In this hands-on, interactive session, Rebecca Farbaugh and Mary Napoli will talk about the academic success service challenges at the University of Pittsburgh's Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, and how they developed their own research methodology using the resources at hand to conduct meaningful qualitative research. Participants will discover tools and tactics to access data in cost-effective ways, how to turn research findings into a cohesive story, and get tips on how to get buy-in from faculty and leadership.

SESSION 5 · 4:00pm - 4:30pm

A Cabinet Level View of Othot’s Student Success Platform


  • Patti McCarthy, VP for Enrollment Management, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This session demonstrates the application of Othot's Student Success platform at the president’s cabinet level to provide projections, discover insights, and make strategic decisions. The presentation will include a discussion about ways in which high level insights provided guidance to determine more focused strategies to support students.

Day 2: Thursday, August 5

SESSION 1 · 11:00am - 12:00pm

Keynote Speaker

SESSION 2 · 12:15pm - 1:15pm

Utilizing Othot to Reimagine Oklahoma State’s Tuition Waiver Program


  • Dr. David Marriott, Associate Director, Undergraduate Admissions, Oklahoma State University
  • Nathan Turner, Strategic Partnership Manager, Othot

Like many institutions, Oklahoma State University manages a robust in-state and out-of-state tuition waiver program, and it hasn't changed much over the last decade. With increased competition for students and tight budgets, OSU wanted to determine the best way to use the existing waiver program to maximize student enrollment. In this session, you'll hear how OSU used the Othot platform to update and reimagine their waiver program and adopt a GPA-only waiver program for both resident and non-resident students in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lunch Break · 1:30pm - 2:00pm

Sponsored Lunch Break

SESSION 3 · 2:15pm - 2:45pm

Seat Prediction with the Tools You Already Have


  • Dr. Patty Milner, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Outreach and Innovation, University of Arkansas Global Campus

As online student populations grow at large public institutions with online classes open to both traditional and online-only students, so do the opportunities to apply data to operational decisions. What will be the demand for an online course? How many seats need to be reserved for online-only students? When can any open seats be released to on-campus students? Dr. Milner will demonstrate the process and tools the University of Arkansas Global Campus used to predict which courses would need additional sections and how to balance the needs of on-campus students with online-only students, using software readily available on campus, including SAS EG, Power BI, and Excel.

SESSION 4 · 3:00pm - 3:45pm

Solutions Session

SESSION 5 · 4:00pm - 5:00pm

The Data Journey with Othot


  • Dr. Mark Voortman, Data Science Architect, Othot
  • Alexis Tshudy, Data Curator, Othot
  • Ashton Black, Data Scientist, Othot

Is all data, 'good data'? Join our Data Science and Data Curation teams to learn how much data you need for your models, what types of data you should be collecting, and the age-old discussion, quality vs. quantity. Our teams will also talk about how Othot supports you along the data journey, whether you are just starting out or a long-term partner. 

Day 3: Friday, August 6

SESSION 1 · 11:00am - 12:30pm

Demographic Shifts, Test Optional Policies, and the Future of Enrollment at Your Institution


  • Andy Hannah, Co-founder and Chief Partnership Officer, Othot
  • Patty Beeson, Director of Research, Othot, and Provost Emerita, University of Pittsburgh

By 2030, the number of first-time, college-age students is expected to decline by at least 10%. The cause: falling birthrates and changing demographics. In the past, increasing high school graduation and college matriculation rates compensated for birthrate declines. This trend may have reached a limit. What lessons can we learn from the previous cliffs, and how can they be applied to the current trend? Institutions’ focus on first-gen, underrepresented minorities, low income, and rural students present opportunities to combat the cliff and drive equality and equity. Test-optional policies are seen as a tool to increase the populations of these segments.But are they working? Join us for a discussion on the implications of the complex recruitment world.

SESSION 2 · 12:45pm - 1:45pm

EM Pathfinders Share Insights to Illuminate the Path Forward


  • Chris Lucier, Director of Partner Relations, Othot
  • Partner Members, please check back for member names

Enrollment managers are confronting several disrupting forces, challenging their ability to accomplish their difficult goals now and through this decade. Join recognized current and retired enrollment leaders in an interactive session where they share examples of how data and advanced analytics have been used to manage past disruptions, and how they envision using data and advanced analytics to manage current and projected disruptions. We look forward to you challenging the panel with your questions and sharing your own insights.

SESSION 3 · 1:45pm - 2:00pm

Conference Close

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