• Student Success Academy Facilitates Networking, Change

    AASCU’s student success team met with staff from 11 member institutions and educational partners for a three-day Student Success Academy in Orlando, Florida, in June. The findings from this meeting, the first in a series of academies, will inform AASCU’s future student success initiatives and help the association effect change more broadly throughout its membership.

    Academy attendees included participants of AASCU’s Frontier Set—a diverse group of high-performing postsecondary institutions identified as leaders in transformational change for student success—and the pilot cohort for AASCU’s Center for Student Success—a soon-to-be-available accelerated transformation service for member institutions that provides specific and customized supports in the core areas of structure, leadership and evidence to improve educational and career outcomes and close equity gaps. 

    Discussion focused on defining student success and sharing challenges and promising practices, and attendees also built peer learning networks, established priorities for student success work, and drafted an initial action plan.

    “It is a moral imperative for AASCU and our member institutions to act now to find innovative solutions to improve equity in higher education,” AASCU President Dr. Mildred García stated in her opening remarks at the meeting. “Each institution here today is tremendously contributing to our learning.”

    The next Student Success Academy will take place from Feb. 5-8, 2020, during AASCU’s Academic Affairs Winter Meeting in New Orleans.