Symposium: Meeting the Urgent Needs of Today's Student

Monday, March 27, 2023 to Tuesday, March 28, 2023
AASCU Offices, Washington, D.C.

How to Modernize Your Student Success Strategy
In a Post-Pandemic Era

Join EAB and AASCU for a deep dive into the latest research on the modern student experience at this symposium for presidents and senior leaders. Engage in discussions and leave with tools, models and strategies for student success at your institution. 


  • Opening Reception and Dinner: Monday, March 27, 5 p.m. ET (offsite, location to be announced) 
  • Programming to begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 

Navigating the Recovery: Understanding the Long-Term Student Success Impacts of the Pandemic and How to Combat Them   
We’ll begin the day by examining three trends shaping the student success landscape over the next decade: K-12 learning disruption, mental health, and staff turnover—and offer guidance on how your institution can weather these trends. This session will include a deep dive on improving mental health support, including the role technology should play in coordinating between people and offices across campus to support student wellbeing. 

Building a Sense of Belonging for Black and Latino Men
Despite higher ed’s focus on success and equity, graduation rate disparities between all students and Black and Latino men persist. In this session we’ll review new research on how institutions can more proactively contribute to Black and Latino men’s retention, graduation, and belongingness. We’ll also share foundational and progressive tactics you can use to help Black and Latino men build and nurture the peer and mentor relationships that are crucial to their success.   

Exploring the Hallmarks of a Modern Student Experience: Bridging the Gap between Student Expectations and Campus Reality  
This session will explore what today’s students expect from their higher ed experience and how you can deliver it. From enrollment to peer engagement to career preparation, college and university leaders are investing time and resources to build personalized and tech-enabled experiences across the student lifecycle. We’ll discuss how today’s student expectations are being shaped by the consumer economy and offer examples of institutions designing new experiences.  

Where Do We Go from Here? Action Planning and Closing  
We will close the day with forward-looking questions to help you prioritize how to bring the ideas discussed across the day to life.  

Who Should Attend

  • Presidents/Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Vice Presidents for Student Affairs

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Christina Hubbard

Christina Hubbard, Senior Director in Research Advisory Services, EAB

Christina Hubbard joined EAB in 2017 and is a Senior Director in Research Advisory Services. Christina has spent nearly 25 years in higher education serving post-traditional learners. Prior to joining EAB, she served in a variety of roles at Northern Virginia Community College and gained experience in academic advising, program management, student access and success, financial aid, online teaching, workforce development, and community engagement. Earlier in her career, she served military students in the Pentagon and in university and graduate school environments.

Ed Venit

Angela Street, Director of Research Advisory Services, EAB

Angela Street serves as a director of Research Advisory Services at EAB, where she delivers best practice research and advises higher education leaders on student mental health, campus climate, student retention and success, and transfer success. Angela’s career in higher education began working in Student Activities and Leadership at the University of Georgia. She later found an interest in student retention and teaching first-year students. Her career has afforded her the opportunity to work with student success programs and teach at public, private, online and two-year institutions including The University of South Carolina, Edgewood College, Blackhawk Technical College, American Public University System and most recently, North Carolina Central University where she served as Interim Executive Director of Student Academic Success.

Ed Venit

Ed Venit, Managing Director, EAB

Ed Venit manages student success research for EAB. In this capacity, Venit leads the development and dissemination of best practices for using data and technology to improve retention and graduation rates. Venit provides consultative guidance to senior leadership across the Student Success Collaborative and is responsible for understanding shifting needs and trends. He has over a decade of experience researching data analytics and student success technologies. Venit presents at conferences using case studies to highlight how looming demographic declines are forcing colleges and universities to rethink student retention as an enrollment challenge. This new mindset is triggering investment in proactive advising and the development of support strategies that pay for themselves (and more) in retention gains. By documenting and sharing these trends, Venit hopes to help senior leaders develop self-sustaining strategies that graduate far more students. Venit earned a Ph.D. in evolutionary biology from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in biology, also from Duke. His doctoral work looked at how simple things (ants) evolve to make complex things (ant colonies). He also taught classes about marine biology and dinosaurs.



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Sara Gassman 
Program Manager, Leadership Development and Partnerships




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