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Student Success Summit

Past Student Success Summits


The 2019 Student Success Summit marked the 6th year of this collaborative event for WKU faculty and staff. Dr. Kris Renn from Michigan State Univeristy spoke as the keynote speaker; addressing the topic of academic success as it relates to the innerworkings of Universitites. 
In 2018 the Student Success Summit marked its fifth year of providing a platform for colleagues at WKU to engage with student success topics.  The 2018 Summit, held on February 9th in the Downing Student Union, will focused on the Foundations of Student Success.  The goal of the one day conference is to provide a unique opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to discuss best practices and collaboratively develop working strategies related to advising, retention, engagement and student success.
The 2017 Student Success Summit focused on Collaborations for Student Success and featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Wayne Lewis, Jr.  Dr. Lewis serves as the Executive Director of Educational Programs for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky, as well as, an affiliated faculty member with the African American and Africana Studies Program.  His teaching and research are in the areas of education politics and policy, human capital, human resources management, and diversity management.  Dr. Lewis is a former middle and high school special education teacher, having taught in public school districts in Louisiana (New Orleans Public Schools and St. Charles Parish Public Schools) and North Carolina (Wake County Public Schools).
The 2016 Student Success Summit featured a keynote presentation by Dr. David Lee, WKU Provost. Dr. Lee enumerated four areas he believed faculty and staff needed to target more effectively: increasing the total number of Bachelor degrees awarded, improving persistence rates, strengthening progression rates, and raising six-year graduation rates.  Dr. Lee was named Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in August of 2015.  Prior to being named Provost, Dr. Lee served as Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters from 1992-2015, and a faculty member in WKU’s history department since 1975.
The 2015 Student Success Summit featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Aaron Thompson, senior vice president for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education.  Dr. Thompson is described as "a classic example of the power of education to change a life. The sociologist, author, and motivational speaker was born in a three-room sharecropper's cabin in Clay County and rose to become executive vice president and chief academic officer for the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE)."  Gregory, J. (2014, April 14). Aaron Thompson on Higher Ed in Kentucky | KET, Kentucky Educational Television.  Retrieved December 1, 2014, from http://www.ket.org/publicaffairs/posts/2599/. Read more at http://www.ket.org/publicaffairs/posts/2599/


The 2014 Student Success Summit featured a keynote presentation by Dr. Mary Jo Gonzales, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, University of Rhode Island.  Dr. Gonzales has a wealth of experience and knowledge in the areas of student success and engagement. Specifically, she has worked with programs such as MAP-Works (Making Achievement Possible) and provided for areas such as academic advising, Multicultural affair, TriO Student Support Services and Student Disability Resources.



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