Student Success Conference

A campus-wide discussion for faculty, staff, and administrators

Brought to you by the Office of Undergraduate Education.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Coffman Memorial Union | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

In an effort to broaden the conversation beyond the first-year (Focusing on the First Year), this biennial conference is evolving to a student success focus (Focusing on Student Success). Take advantage of the opportunity to dialogue and strategize about academic and student development issues relating to undergraduate students and their success. This year's featured keynote speaker is Andrew Koch, Ph.D.

This conference will be held at Coffman Memorial Union on the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, campus from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. All University faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to attend.

If you have questions please contact Lisa Gruszka at

Conference Materials, Slides, and Handouts

Keynote Address from Andrew Koch, Ph.D.

Education Sessions I

  • Borrowing History: Understanding Loan Debt and Choices (Presentation slides)
  • Building Capacity for Student Success through Health Promotion (Presentation slides)
  • Creating a Soft Landing:  Understanding & Meeting the Needs of Transfer Students in their Transition to CLA
  • Creating an Effective U
  • Freshman Seminars Abroad - A Bridge to Being Global Ready (Presentation slides)
  • Slice & Advice - Building Student Success Through Residence Hall Outreach (Presentation slides)
  • The CBS Circles Program: Enhancing Student Engagement and Sense of Belonging to Increase Retention
  • Wellbeing, Mindset, and the GROW Model: High-Impact Tools for Peer Mentoring (Presentation slidesHandout 1Handout 2Handout 3Handout 4)
  • Who Do We Serve?: Multicultural Student Engagement @ PWI's
  • Why do Students Stay or Leave? How Student Experience and Wellbeing Influence Retention and Graduation (Presentation slidesHandout 1Handout 2)

Education Sessions II

Education Sessions III

  • "I Wish I'd Found You Sooner": How CCE's Individualized Degrees Help Students Make Sense and Use of Cross-College Studies (Presentation slides)
  • CLA Career Readiness Initiative (Presentation slides)
  • Community Awareness Response Plan
  • Empowering Students through High-Impact Practices in a First-Year Program (Presentation slides)
  • Focusing on Feedback: Implementing Student Leader Performance Reviews (Presentation slides)
  • Formulating Strategies for International Student Success:  Learning from Faculty, Staff, and Student Voices (Presentation slides)
  • Reflective Justice: A Search for Alignment Between Social Praxis and Queer and Trans Lives at the University of Minnesota (Handout)
  • Skills, Strengths, and Strategies: Empowering Students with Academic Success Tools (Presentation slides)
  • Strategic Scheduling (Presentation slides)

Education Sessions IV

  • Creating Meaningful Student Work Experiences (Presentation slides)
  • Dusting off the Data: Investigating the First-Year Experience Using the SERU Survey
  • Helping Students tell their story through an Experience Record
  • Living Learning Communities: A How to Guide
  • No more senior year freak out: embedding career development into the first year of college (Presentation slides)
  • Overcommitted: Majoring in Pizza Parties & Exhaustion (Presentation slides)
  • Positive Community Standards and Restorative Principles (Presentation slides)
  • Promoting Student Success through Learning Support Programs (Presentation slides, Handout)
  • Student Degree Progress: Giving Students Data They Can Use