Sep. 18-19, 2023
Washington, DC

Understanding and Improving Student Outcomes: Completion and Beyond

Presidents/chancellors and senior leaders will explore student success beyond completion.

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Leverage data and partnerships to improve student outcomes.

How are AASCU institutions telling the story of the value of postsecondary education? What can national data and trends reveal to influence your institutions’ retention and outcomes beyond completion? How can partnerships relieve current pressures—from enrollment declines, state and federal policies, Supreme Court rulings, and tenure debates—and inform practices? Explore these topics and more at this discussion-based symposium.

Who should participate?

  • Presidents/Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Other leaders committed to improving student outcomes

How will you benefit?

  • Connect with other AASCU leaders who are defining postsecondary value
  • Hear from national experts in data, retention, completion, career readiness and more
Program topics

One of the most effective ways to improve student success and help students launch their careers is quality mentoring and coaching. This session will discuss the landscape of education to career coaching, including a closer look at one AI-enabled coaching platform and a scalable peer mentoring approach.

Building on the education to career journey, this panel discussion will explore work-based learning, another practice area that data show is effective in improving post-completion outcomes. Panelists will explore the variety of approaches institutions are taking to leverage the transformative power of work-based learning including scalable project-based learning, micro-internships, and reimagined student employment.

How are AASCU institutions currently working to understand and support successful post-graduation outcomes for students? What additional data or infrastructure would help institutions and their leadership teams to ensure student success beyond completion?

With an ever-increasing array of dashboards and metrics available to university and college leaders, the who, what, when, why, and how of investing in data collection, analytics, and use matters more than ever. For more than 80% of AASCU member institutions, this array of available data includes the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which provides insights into whether and how students experience high impact practices. Over the past several years, Strada has co-developed and supported NSSE’s Career and Workforce Preparation Module as well as other nationally representative surveys of students and alumni. This session will provide a forum for AASCU leaders to provide feedback for how Strada and NSSE might partner with your institutions to collect and support the use of data to inform and advance your priorities for improving graduates’ career success.

At a time when the importance of a credential after high school has never been more clear and yet the value of postsecondary education is under intense scrutiny, AASCU institutions have a unique and critical role to play. As colleges and universities committed to student access, success, and opportunity, how are AASCU institutions shaping the value of postsecondary education and how can partners and allies support AASCU institutions in this work?

Schedule at a  Glance
Monday, September 18, 2023
5-6:30 p.m. Reception at AASCU Office
Tuesday, September 19, 2023
8:30-9 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Programming
12:00-12:45 p.m. Lunch
12:45-4:00 p.m. Programming

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The Canopy Washington DC | Embassy RowThe Canopy Washington DC | Embassy Row
1600 Rhode Island Avenue, N.W
Washington, DC 20036

Reserve hotel accommodations until Monday, August 28 to receive the group rate. Participants may also reserve accommodations by calling 1.866.203.9054 and identifying themselves with attending AASCU 2023 Strada Presidential Symposium.

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