Symposium for Academic and Student Affairs Leadership: Building Student-Centric Institutions

Thursday, April 21, 2022
AASCU Offices, Washington, D.C.

The past two years have had a profound impact on higher education. To recover from this disruption, institutions must reorient their structures, practices, and priorities around holistic student needs. This highly interactive workshop will engage participants in a data-rich discussion of what we’ve learned and how to adapt. Attendees will return to campus with actionable insights on how to achieve their enrollment, retention, and equity goals.

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Program runs from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Pandemic Ripple Effect—
Four Potential Long-Term Impacts on Student Success and Equity

Higher education will be struggling to overcome the disruption of the pandemic long after other parts of our economy rebound. These pandemic ripple effects could threaten student success and equity for as much as a decade as we grapple with an unprecedented period of change and the impact it has had on our students. In this presentation, Ed Venit outlines four potential long-term impacts of the pandemic on student success and offers guidance to help you prepare for the future.

Ed Venit

Ed Venit, Managing Director, EAB

Ed Venit manages student success research for EAB. In this capacity, Venit leads the development and dissemination of best practices for using data and technology to improve retention and graduation rates. Venit provides consultative guidance to senior leadership across the Student Success Collaborative and is responsible for understanding shifting needs and trends. He has over a decade of experience researching data analytics and student success technologies. Venit presents at conferences using case studies to highlight how looming demographic declines are forcing colleges and universities to rethink student retention as an enrollment challenge. This new mindset is triggering investment in proactive advising and the development of support strategies that pay for themselves (and more) in retention gains. By documenting and sharing these trends, Venit hopes to help senior leaders develop self-sustaining strategies that graduate far more students. Venit earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology, also from Duke. His doctoral work looked at how simple things (ants) evolve to make complex things (ant colonies). He also taught classes about marine biology and dinosaurs.

Preparing for the Next Decade in
Student Mental Health and Well-Being Support

Higher education leaders have been on the front lines of institutional responses to COVID-19, rapidly adjusting and implementing policies, procedures, and support services while moving from crisis to crisis. Given the demanding nature of crisis response, it has been difficult for leaders to step back and create a forward-looking strategy for mental health and well-being on campus. But, more than ever before, cabinet leaders and boards are expressing heightened interest in student mental health and well-being, with 68% of presidents ranking student mental health as a pressing issue. Therefore, it is critical that student affairs leaders, faculty, and academic staff capitalize on institutional momentum for mental health support. It is of equal importance that leaders capture the benefits of lessons learned from the pandemic and adjust strategies to reflect the long-term, complex impact COVID-19 has had, and will continue to have, on campus mental health preferences and needs across the next decade. This presentation will engage participants in thinking strategically about emerging trends, areas for investment, and a longer-term campus mental health strategy.

Jennifer Latino

Jennifer Latino, Senior Director, Research Advisory Services, EAB

Dr. Jennifer Latino is a Senior Director in EAB’s Research Advisory Services and serves as an expert on student success and institutional strategy and planning. Jennifer built her career through experiences at a diverse array of institution types including large-research, women’s college, community college and faith-based institutions. After seventeen years as a college administrator, Jennifer entered the field of educational consulting. Prior to her work at EAB, Jennifer was a strategic consultant for Ellucian, supporting institutions’ strategy and planning efforts. Dr. Latino is also an adjunct faculty member in a doctorate for higher education leadership program and a published author and national presenter on a variety of topics, including effective student engagement practices, faculty development, and effective institutional governance structures. When she is not engaged in work with EAB partners, Jennifer enjoys a variety of activities including boxing, CrossFit and riding her Peloton. Additionally, she enjoys cooking and is an enthusiastic fan of jigsaw puzzles! Dr. Jennifer Latino earned her doctorate in higher education administration from Florida State University. Prior to her doctoral work, she earned a masters in higher education administration from North Carolina State University and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

Preparing for Enrollment Challenges
in an Ever-Changing Environment

For most colleges, undergraduate enrollment presents opportunities and possibilities within which institutional strategy can be framed, providing the key enabling conditions for our goals and aspirations while also setting hard limits on them. At our present moment in history, this fact takes on special significance. The coming decade promises profound demographic change, including significant nationwide reductions in the overall number of college-bound students. Coupled with this demographic shift is a need to reach digitally native students earlier and with more personalization. This session will offer a detailed examination of these phenomena and will discuss implications for college and university leaders, drawing on learning from higher education’s largest enrollment data set and lessons from hundreds of EAB partner institutions around the nation.

Lorianna Mapps

Lorianna Mapps, Senior Consultant and Principal, EAB

With over 20 years of experience in admissions, recruitment, enrollment services, and enrollment management, Mapps helps EAB partners identify best practices and data-driven solutions to overcome enrollment challenges. Her areas of expertise include recruiting students in an ever-changing environment, communication planning, operations improvement, strategic planning, and comprehensive enrollment strategy. Most recently, Mapps served as the chief enrollment officer at Howard Community College (Md.) where she oversaw admissions, financial aid, academic records, registration, veterans’ affairs, dual enrollment, and academic and placement testing. Prior to that role, Mapps worked at the University of Houston where she served as the executive director of Integrated Enrollment Services. Her additional work experience at the University of Houston includes leading transfer and international recruitment, admissions processing, the Call Center, the Welcome Center, and serving as an operations analyst in Admissions IT. Mapps received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University, her Master of Science in student affairs and higher education administration from Indiana State University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.

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Register Online

Registration will close on Wednesday, April 20. Contact Felicia Durham, AASCU registrar, if you have any questions.

An optional reception and dinner will be held on Wednesday April 20. Registered participants will receive a calendar invite with details. 

Please make note of AASCU's COVID Safety Protocols.


  • Program
    Kathleen Scott, Vice president, leadership development and partnerships  
  • Logistics
    Danita Young, Assistant vice president, meetings and conferences  
  • Registration
    Felicia Durham, Registrar, leadership development and partnerships

Accommodations top

The Darcy – a pet friendly hotel
1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005  
(844) 489-9661


Reserve hotel accommodations online by March 30, 2022, to secure the reduced rate for AASCU members. Reservation requests received after March 30 may be available at a higher rate. 

Sleeping Room Options: 1 King bed: $239 plus 14.95% occupancy and local taxes.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm, and check-out time is 12:00 pm. 



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