April 3 conference is devoted to student success

Academic success, retention and instructional learning outcomes are the focus of the 2014 Student Success Summit planned for April 3 in the Memorial Union (8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Anyone who works directly with students, including faculty, staff and graduate students, is invited to attend this free event. Registration is available online.

The summit evolved from the work of the Student Experience Enhancement Council (SEEC), which was created in 2012 to ensure that Iowa State continues to offer its students a rich educational experience.

The summit's goals are to:

  • Provide an overview of ISU retention data and efforts to increase student retention
  • Build an understanding of why some students are at greater risk of not succeeding, in order to enhance the individual student experience and achievement of all undergraduate students
  • Identify retention practices that support the progress of students at greater risk of not succeeding and other student subpopulations
  • Enhance partnerships between student affairs and academic affairs to increase student achievement
  • Share current resources and develop new resources for faculty, staff and student use
  • Provide an outline that helps develop individual, departmental and college/division action plans based on knowledge gained at the summit

Ann Gansemer-Topf, assistant professor in the School of Education, will present a morning keynote address followed by two breakout sessions (PDF) and a luncheon keynote by Terrell Strayhorn, associate professor in the educational studies department at Ohio State University. The day's events will conclude with sessions on action plan development and next steps.