John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education



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

When: January 15-16, 2015 (See Schedule Tab Above)
Institute Location: Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa, Costa Mesa, CA, 5 minutes from John Wayne Airport, Orange County (See Planning Tab Above)
Held in partnership with University of California, Irvine
Registration: Click here to register for the meeting.

Your institution will reap enormous benefits from having a comprehensive and coherent plan for academic and student affairs partnerships designed to achieve student success. Building on the successes of the 2012 and 2014 Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institutes, which brought together teams from over 100 institutions with 400 educators,  the Gardner Institute will host an encore gathering of academic leaders, student affairs leaders, faculty, and colleagues. Participants will explore the benefits, challenges, and strategies in creating and maintaining partnerships that address the interconnected issues of student success, learning, and retention.  We invite you to join us at this 2015 Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute that will be held on January 15 – 16, 2015, at Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa.


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 an action plan to enhance partnerships
  • To help attendees explore the status of institutional partnerships among academic administrators, student affairs administrators and faculty
  • 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 partnerships
  • To further develop a national community of practice comprised of institutions committed to establishing and enhancing academic affairs/student affairs/faculty partnerships

Space is Limited

The Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute is being offered immediately following the Symposium on Student Retention. The Symposium on Retention focuses on the development of a comprehensive retention plan whereas the Academic and Student Affairs Leaders’ Institute focuses on the creation of partnerships for institutional student success initiatives. Discounted registration fees are available if you attend both events. Contact Angie Whiteside at or 828-449-8053 for more information.



Louis Albert, President, Pima Community College, West
Scott Evenbeck, President, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College

Sessions will be facilitated by staff members of the Gardner Institute who are nationally known scholars and expert practitioners of student success: John N. Gardner, Betsy O. Barefoot, Betsy Q. Griffin, and Andrew K. Koch and Sara Stein Koch



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

  • Welcome Reception:  5:30 – 6:30 pm

Thursday, January 15, 2015

  • Registration/Pick up materials and Full Breakfast: 8:00 – 9:00 am
  • Welcome/Morning Introductory Session – 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Morning Break – 10:00 – 10:15 am
  • Barriers/Enhancers to Partnerships for Student Success10:15 am  – 12:00 pm
  • Lunch  – 12:00 – 12:45 pm
  • Student Success Partnership Inventory & Discussion facilitated by John Gardner – 12:45 – 1:15 pm
  • Institutional Teams Reflection Session  – 1:15 – 2:00 pm
  • Introduction of Seven Principles for Good Practice in Student Success Partnerships – 2:00 – 2:30 pm
  • Afternoon Break – 2:30 – 2:45 pm
  • Institutional Team Time – 2:45 – 4:00
  • Survey Findings and Implications for Partnership – 4:00 – 4:30 pm
  • Optional Illustrations of Academic, Student Affairs and Faculty Partnerships:  Foundations of Excellence, Gateways to Completion and Retention Performance Management- 4:45 – 5:30 pm

Friday, January 16, 2015

  • Breakfast: 8:00 – 8:45 am
  • Reflections and Promising Practices – 8:30 -9:00 am
  • Institutional Team Time – 9:00 – 10:30 am
  • Cross Institutional Team Discussion: 10:30 – 11:30 am
  • Full Group Sharing of Next Steps – 11:30 am – 12:00 pm
  • Adjournment: 12:00 pm
  • All Afternoon: Gardner Institute Staff available for personalized consultation with Institution teams

Planning Details & Registration

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

Where: Hilton Orange County Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA  92626, 5 minutes from John Wayne Airport, Orange County

Fee: $495 for two or more participants from the same institution (use group registration) or $545 for one institutional participant. Fee includes all meeting materials and meals. If you are attending the Retention Symposium as well, please contact Angie Whiteside at for discount before paying registration.

Registration:  Click here to register for the meeting.

Refund Policy: Cancellations on or before December 15th, 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:  $169 room rate includes hotel room wifi. Click here to reserve your room or call 714-540-7000 and use code JNGI. Hotel block rate expires December 29, 2014.

Travel Information: 5 minutes from John Wayne Airport, Orange County. Complimentary shuttle to hotel and back to airport, shuttle will be at airport every 30 minutes at 15 after the hour and 45 after the hour.