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NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference

Workshop Student Success Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Division

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The NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference provides an avenue for thought leaders and practitioners to share ideas, strategies, and evidence based research on ways to dismantle barriers related to student success. The Conference explores the various factors woven into students’ experiences which may impact their success and completion. Through dynamic keynote speakers and panels, thought-provoking concurrent sessions, and engaging networking opportunities, NASPA’s Closing the Achievement Gap Conference is your exclusive opportunity to engage with colleagues committed to student completion.

For more information on the 2020 NASPA Virtual Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education, please visit this website.

Learning Outcomes and Themes

Understand the factors contributing to students’ success.
  • How do higher education professionals create programs that are culturally relevant to students?
  • What interventions are institutions using to retain students?
  • Are there programs that are designed to assist students in re-engaging with the campus if they have had to stop out?
  • What support models offer compelling results for acclimating students to college life (peer mentorship, etc.)?
  • In what ways do professionals measure success of initiatives and communicate those successes to stakeholders?
Identify support systems to dismantle barriers to student completion.
  • What programs are most effective in preparing students for college?  How is success in these programs measured?
  • What strategies are effective in increasing first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented student success in STEM disciplines?
  • In what ways do institutional shifts toward “student-ready” approaches shape the experiences of first-generation college students?
  • What roles do front line staff play in removing barriers to success for students?  What strategies are being successfully used at the systemic and institutional levels?
  • How do mid-level and senior level staff serve as “gatekeepers” to aid students in overcoming barriers to their success?
  • How do administrators partner with faculty and other stakeholders for a collaborative approach to student success.
  • What are examples of programming or support models to help transfer students succeed?
  • What policies or institutional barriers exist to impact student completion?
  • Identify practices to promote equity in students’ outcomes, and train campus stakeholders to implement and evaluate them.
Discuss the role technology can play in increasing access and equity towards student completion.
  • How can the development of online engagement and support strategies be applied to the retention and persistence of students of promise?
  • What are high-impact intervention measures that can create an efficient approach to increase student achievement?
  • How are technologies utilized to measure engagement, learning outcomes, program assessment, and student persistence? How can this data be leveraged to support future initiatives?
  • What resources are institutions providing to help students utilize technology to complete their degrees?
Identify well-being challenges that may affect students’ degree completion.
  • What health and wellness efforts do campuses offer to help any student with personal care (such as getting adequate sleep, managing stress levels, and financial wellness/food insecurity)?
  • What are best practices student affairs practitioners are implementing for partnerships with faculty/academic affairs or community partners to support the mental health needs of students of promise?
  • What programs and resources do campuses offer to specifically meet the mental health and wellness needs of students of color, queer students, foster youth, non-majority religious students, native students, low ses, students with disabilities students?