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Student Success and The Quality Agenda

Network for Academic Renewal Conference
April 4-6, 2013
Miami, Florida

“When we create incentive systems for enhanced degree production, with no questions asked about the sufficiency of learning, the door is literally wide open to choices that deplete rather than build educational quality…The real key to economic opportunity and advancement depends not on whether the student possesses a credential, but rather on whether students actually leave college with that rich portfolio of learning that employers seek and society urgently needs.”

Carol Geary Schneider, AAC&U President
Where Completion Goes Awry: The Metrics for “Success” Mask Mounting Problems with Quality, 2012  

Conference Overview

Student Success and The Quality Agenda will examine the most important but least discussed component of the completion agenda—quality in student learning. This conference will encourage participants to discuss the new contexts for student learning given the diversity of today’s students, including their differing backgrounds, learning styles, and pathways to and through college.   Participants will investigate the latest research on high-impact practices and teaching, student service, and assessment strategies that strengthen the quality of student learning and close student achievement gaps. Conference sessions will provide an opportunity to examine different approaches to faculty and student services leadership development and to campus and cross-institutional collaborations linked to a quality agenda.

Recognizing the limitations of traditional measures of student success—retention, persistence rates, time to degree, and  completion rates—this conference also will encourage boundary crossing among different types of institutions to advance the conversation on quality learning for all students. Designing models within and between institutions that will help students achieve important learning outcomes at high levels is imperative to prepare students for professional success and productive citizenship. Participants will explore evidence-based, student-centered strategies that seek to align the multiple definitions of and practices in student success with the end goal of providing all students, especially those students from traditionally underserved groups, with a high-quality education.

Please join colleagues from across the country to share and examine promising practices in linking completion with quality and assuring optimal learning environments for the success of all students.     

Visit the Call for Proposals to find out how to submit a proposal to share your work at this conference.


Please contact the Development Office at (202) 884-7421 or e-mail for information about sponsorship opportunities for this conference.