Student Success Institute

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. SSI will help individuals lead and implement transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student body.

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Pamela Arrington of Alabama A&M University discusses points with the 2023 cohort group.
Pamela Arrington of Alabama A&M University discusses points with the 2023 cohort group.

Prepare to lead transformational institutional change for student success. 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) provides the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the program, participants have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own institutional student success plan with a small group of peers.

Student Success Institute's 2023 cohort.
Student Success Institute’s 2023 cohort.

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs with more than one year in their role 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents, experienced provosts and vice presidents for student affairs, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.  
  • Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Participants will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for participants to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.  
  • Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, participants will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices. 
  • Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, participants will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program. 
what to expect
  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts and vice presidents for student affairs are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.
  • Provosts, charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, and vice presidents for student affairs, charged with the support for the well-being of the whole student, are essential partners in student success.

Provosts and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will:

  • be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions.
  • deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices.
  • understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions.
  • understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success.
  • critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders.
  • understand how to work in partnership with their Cabinet-level peers to develop and implement effective plans for student success initiatives.

The 2025 SSI will take place from July 2025 to early 2026.

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming. Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET.  In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Program Onboarding (virtual): June 2025 
  • In-Person Meeting at AASCU 2025 Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders: July 2025
  • Virtual Workshops: Fall 2025 
  • Closing gathering (in-person): to be scheduled

In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan. 

  • Leadership 
  • Student Success 
  • Equity 
  • Data 
  • Teaching and Learning 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. Participants include provosts and vice presidents of student affairs. Participants must have at least one year in their current role.

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. Participants may register and attend as a pair from the same institution, or individually. Participants from the same institution will work together to develop or refine the campus student success plan.

The application period for the 2025 SSI Cohort will open in November 2024. A complete application for the Student Success Institute includes the following:

  • Applications and endorsements are due by February 10, 2025
  • Nomination or endorsement from the president or chancellor from your home institution. (Only one endorsement required per provost/VPSA pair.)
  • Clear and concise summary of your leadership and student success goals.
  • Commitment to 100% participation.

Preference is given to applicants from AASCU member institutions.

2025 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $4,200
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $5,200 (admitted if space allows)

The program fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensives, registration for the 2025 AASCU Summer Meeting for Academic and Student Affairs Leaders and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation.

  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions. 

Participating in the SSI and having the opportunity to engage in such transformational discussions related to my leadership role at my university was an absolute pleasure. I found the subjects to be innovative, forward-thinking, and of extreme relevance to my work as the CAO. This initiative proved to be extremely valuable as I was able to expand my network and learn from the experiences of so many experts.

Maria Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President of Academic Affairs
The University of The Bahamas

Application Details

The registration period for SSI is now closed. Registration for future SSI cohorts will be announced. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Eligible nonmembers will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • Provost or vice president for student affairs with at least one year of experience
  • committed to advancing significantly better and more equitable outcomes for your students

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