Symposium for Presidents: Building Student-Centric Institutions

Thursday, April 7, 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.– 5 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.

Angela Street

Angela Street,Director in Research Advisory Services, EAB

Angela Street is responsible for research delivery to EAB partners with focus in academic strategy and student success. Her expertise is working with two-year and four-year institutions to share EAB’s research and identified best practices for student and institutional success. Street’s career in higher education began in 2004 while pursuing graduate studies at the University of Georgia. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work with student success programs and teach at public, private, online, and two-year institutions including the University of South Carolina, Edgewood College (Wis.), Blackhawk Technical College (Wis.), American Public University System, and North Carolina Central University. In 2014, she completed a three-year cycle as Directorate board member for the Commission for Assessment and Evaluation with the American College Personnel Association. She received training in first-year experience course development from the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina and holds a certificate in designing learning with the Association for Talent and Development.

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 6. Contact Felicia Durham, AASCU registrar, if you have any questions.

An optional reception and dinner will be held on Wednesday April 6. Registered participants will receive a calendar invite with details. 

Please make note of AASCU's COVID Safety Protocols.


Kathleen Scott
Vice president, leadership development and partnerships

Danita Young
Assistant vice president, meetings and conferences

Felicia Durham
Registrar, leadership development and partnerships

Accommodations top

The Darcy
1515 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005  
(844) 489-9661

Reserve hotel accommodations online by March 11, 2022, to secure the reduced rate for AASCU members. Reservation requests received after March 11 may be available at a higher rate.

Sleeping Room Options: 1 King bed: $249

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Check In/Out
Guest accommodations will be available at 3:00 p.m. ET on arrival day and reserved until 12:00 p.m. ET on departure day. Note: All requests for early check-in are requests and may or may not be accommodated. Any attendee wishing special consideration for late checkout should inquire at the front desk on the day of departure or at time of reservation.

The $30/night amenity fee has been waived for this event.

  • On-site coffee bar and eatery
  • On-site restaurant
  • 24-hour room service
  • Infused waters in the lobby
  • Valet parking; nightly fee $60 inclusive of tax
  • Meeting and event space
  • Fitness center
  • Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Valet laundry service and dry cleaning
  • Personal concierge service
  • Pet-friendly for pets under 75lbs (no pet fee)

Hotel Cancellation Policy
Cancel until noon ET one day prior to arrival to avoid a penalty of one night room and tax.



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