John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education


Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute:
Partnerships for Promising Practices in Student Success

When: January 16-17, 2014 (See Schedule Tab Above)
Institute Location: Hilton Orlando (See Planning Tab Above)
Registration: Click here to register for the meeting.

Does your institution benefit from having a comprehensive and coherent plan for academic and student affairs partnerships designed to achieve student success?  Building on the success of the 2012 inaugural Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute, the Gardner Institute will host an encore gathering of faculty, academic leaders, student affairs leaders, and colleagues to explore the challenges in creating and maintaining partnerships that address the interconnected issues of student learning and retention.  We invite you to join us at this 2014 Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute that will be held on January 16 – 17, 2014, at the Hilton Orlando Hotel in Orlando, Florida.


The purposes of the Institute are

  • To build an institutional vision for partnerships to improve academic success, retention, and degree completion
  • To inform institution leaders about the latest collaborative strategies and promising practices for student success
  • To enable participating institutional teams to craft or revise an outline of a plan to enhance partnerships
  • To help attendees explore the status of institutional partnerships among faculty, academic administrators, and student affairs administrators
  • To enable previous attendees to return and share their experiences in partnership development and update their plans for further implementation
  • To encourage participants to use the “Seven Principles for Good Practice in Student Success Partnerships,” developed by 2012 Institute participants, as a tool for exploration and evaluation of partnership
  • To build a national community of practice comprised of institutions committed to establishing and enhancing academic affairs/student affairs partnerships

Space is Limited


Guest Presenters

George Mehaffy, Vice President for Academic Leadership and Change, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

Gail Mellow, President, LaGuardia Community College

Staff presenters

Sessions will be facilitated by staff members of the Gardner Institute who are nationally known scholars of the first year and transfer experience: John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot, Betsy Q. Griffin, and Andrew K. Koch



Thursday, January 16, 2014

  • Registration/Pick up materials: 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Welcome/Morning Session – 9:00 – 10:15 am
    • Principles for and Illustrations of Partnerships for Student Success
  • Morning Break – 10:15 – 10:30 am
  • Barriers/Enhancers to Partnership for Student Success10:30 am  – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch & Address from Gail Mellow – 12:00 – 1:45 pm
  • Student Success Partnership Inventory & Discussion facilitated by John Gardner – 1:45 – 3:00 pm
  • Institutional Teams Reflection Session  – 3:00 – 4:45 pm
  • Sharing and Feedback – 4:45 – 5:15 pm
  • Optional Overview of Foundations of Excellence, Gateway to Completion and other Gardner Institute Services – 5:15 – 6:00 pm
  • Reception 6:00 pm

Friday, January 17, 2014

  • Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
  • Reflections and Feedback – 8:30 -8:45 am
  • Address from George Mehaffy – 8:45 – 10:00 am
  • Break and Hotel Checkout – 10:00 – 10:20 am
  • Institutional Team Time – 10:20 am – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
  • Cross Institutional Team Discussion: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Full Group Sharing of Next Steps – 2:00 – 3:00
  • Adjournment: 2:30 pm
  • Optional Institutional Team Meetings with Institute Faculty – 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Planning Details & Registration

Who Should Attend: Leaders from Academic and Student Affairs – Institutional teams are STRONGLY encouraged but not required.

Where: Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL 32819

Fee: $475 for two or more participants from the same institution (Use code team) or $525 for one institutional participant. Fee includes all meeting materials and meals

Registration:  Click here to register for the meeting.

Refund Policy: Cancellations on or December 15th or before, will have the registration fee refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. A written request for refunds is required. Absolutely no refunds will be issued after December 15. We cannot accept refund requests resulting from cancelled flights and/or “acts of God.”

Room rates: $149 a night plus $10 resort fee that includes wireless in rooms, fitness center, 15% discount at restaurants on site. Click here to reserve your hotel room. If you prefer to call, please dial 1-800-445-8667 and identify the group code as ASL.

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