Build a Sustainable Institution With Data-Activated Student Success Strategies

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

Higher education is facing unprecedented external pressure and change. After decades of growth and expansion, AASCU institutions are dealing with massive disruption to their traditional way of doing business. Leaders across the community are discussing how to shift their strategies around student success from a spending and budget mindset to investment and ROI-oriented thinking that sustainably improves student and institutional outcomes.

But what does that look like in reality? To succeed in the face of so much change and uncertainty, leaders must shed status quo practices built for a much different time. The future of student success requires a transformational shift away from strategies that focus only on at-risk populations, are limited to retention metrics, or are based on averages, benchmarks, and best guesses.

Join this panel discussion with two AASCU institutions—the University of North Georgia and Utah Valley University—as they discuss their experience in implementing data-activated student impact strategies. Hear about their approach to analytics, how they are organizing around the work, lessons learned, and data-activated strategies they are evolving to produce positive student outcomes and generate net tuition revenue to reinvest in their institutional mission.

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Laura Busby

Laura Busby, Director, Academic IT and Analytics, Utah Valley University

With over 18 years of experience in analytics and academic information systems, Laura Busby leads the team at Utah Valley University responsible for providing pre-adoption support, business process analysis, and implementation project management for academic and operational technology within Academic and Student Digital Services. As a data steward, her focus is on providing stakeholders information and analytics that assist them in making day-to-day decisions related to student and institutional outcomes.

Mitchell Colver

Mitchell Colver, Vice President for Community Development, Civitas Learning

Mitchell Colver, vice president for community development at Civitas Learning, began working in higher education in 2007, where his early experiences with students taught him to focus on the value of human diversity and human potential. Dr. Colver holds a dual appointment as a professional practice professor in the College of Education at Utah State University. His research has appeared in Popular Science, Discover, Slate, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, and, internationally, on Radio BBC.

Coral Hanson

Coral Hanson, Intermediate Research Analyst, Utah Valley University

Coral Hanson’s focus is on assessment, evaluation, educational research, and instructional design. As part of the Institutional Research team at Utah Valley University, she designs research studies to measure student retention and conducts statistical analyses to share results and recommendations with stakeholders across campus.

Eugene Van Sickle

Eugene Van Sickle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Student Success Initiatives, University of North Georgia

Eugene Van Sickle earned his doctorate from West Virginia University in 2005. His research interests focus on colonization in the Atlantic World in the early 19th century. In his role as assistant vice president for strategic student success initiatives, Dr. Van Sickle is responsible for coordinating institutional student success programs and implementing strategies to improve student success outcomes.

Holly Vernhasselt

Holly Verhasselt is the associate provost for Institutional Effectiveness at the University of North Georgia. She has thirty years’ experience in higher education, which includes time in enrollment management, academic advising, accreditation, and most recently, institutional effectiveness. In her current role, Verhasselt encourages the use of data for decision-making and strategic planning in both academic and administrative units. She advocates for direct access to data in support of program development and evaluation.

Who Should Attend:

  • Provosts/Chief Academic Officers
  • Vice Provosts
  • Vice Presidents/Associate Vice Presidents/Directors of Institutional Research and Evaluation
  • Vice Presidents/Associate Vice Presidents/Directors of Enrollment Management
  • Vice Presidents/Associate Vice Presidents/Directors of Student Success




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