John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

JNGI 2016 Student Success Seminar
Finding the Best Recipe for Student Success

The quest to improve student success, retention and graduation rates has been with us for decades. Despite progress in some institutions, attrition rates are still unacceptable and public and governmental pressures are mounting to such an extent that some are questioning the value of investments in higher education. This instructive and interactive day-and-a-half workshop will review recent findings and lessons learned from the non-profit Gardner Institute’s efforts to transform student learning, success, retention, and completion. Drawing on nearly a century of collective experience as student success innovators, Drs. Barefoot, Gardner, and Koch will share “a recipe for student success” that participants can take and apply at their home institutions.

What Participants Will Do / Receive

The seminar will include a combination of presentations by the three experts as well as individual and group learning activities that will help participants review and revise their own student success recipe. Participants will come away with ingredients for making student success improvements at their own institutions.

Faculty / Presenters

Betsy O. Barefoot, Senior Scholar
John N. Gardner, President
Andrew K. Koch, Executive Vice President and Chief Academic Leadership & Innovation Officer
John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

 Seminar Content

  • The need for and benefits of evidence-based, student success strategic action plans
  • An exploration into “killer” gateway courses and what can be done to address them
  • Successful approaches to transforming the first-year and transfer student experiences
  • Using analytics to understand, predict and shape student performance
  • An evidence-based review of promising student success practices such as:
    • First-year seminars
    • Learning communities
    • Supplemental Instruction
    • Summer Bridge Programs

Who Should Attend

This seminar is relevant to participants from both two-year and four-year institutions including:

  • Academic affairs leaders (Provosts, Deans & Department Heads / Chairs)
  • Athletics leaders concerned about student success
  • Enrollment management leaders responsible for student success
  • Faculty innovators interested in redesigning teaching to benefit student learning and success
  • Institutional research staff interested in student success analysis
  • Quality assurance leaders focused on student success
  • Student affairs leaders
  • Student success / retention program leaders


Click here to register and for more details.

Fee for Seminar:  $545 for institutional teams of 2 or more (use group registration). $595 for individual registration.

Hotel Rate:  $189 per night

Location:  Wyndham Grand Jupiter, Jupiter, FL