Student Success Summit

Formerly known as Assessment Day, the Student Success Summit is a professional development opportunity designed around the use of assessment to inform efforts to address important issues related to student success.

Student Success Summit 2019: Strategies to Promote Student Retention

Friday, October 25, 2019

Keynote speaker Dr. Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the NSSE Institute, presented evidence-based strategies to promote student retention based on nearly 20 years of research with the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). This year's Student Success Summit drew more than 180 attendees. 

Photograph of Dr. Jillian Kinzie.

Dr. Jillian Kinzie

2019 Schedule

  • 8:00 - 9:00  Refreshments (Student Union Lobby)
  • 9:00 - 10:15  Provost's Welcome and Keynote Address by Dr. Jillian Kinzie of the NSSE Institute        
  • 10:15 - 10:30  Break
  • 10:30 - 12:00  Panel Discussion: UB Initiatives to Promote Student Retention

Keynote: Leading and Assessing with Student Success in Mind

Increasing the number of students who succeed in higher education is a critical 21st century goal.  Although nearly all colleges and universities have been faithfully working on this outcome, more remains to be done to achieve all that is envisioned in terms of quality, equity and student learning and success. We know a lot from research about what facilitates student success, particularly in the first college year. Yet, the implementation of what works is at best uneven among students. This session will explore the current state, highlight a framework for advancing student success goals with a focus on first-year student retention, and consider approaches to assessment to help better inform our work.  

Learn more about Jillian Kinzie...

Dr. Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project. She is co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016), Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), and One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network in 2005 and 2011. Kinzie earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.