November 15, 2018

Come together for campuswide Student Success Summit

The Student Success Summit will offer a discussion about what the university can do to further support students whether through teaching, advising and mentoring.

Members of the Wayne State community are invited to attend the Student Success Summit, an annual opportunity to reflect on the university’s student accomplishments and ongoing goals. The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom.

This event is free and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Reservations are required. RSVP here.

The Student Success Summit will bring together faculty and staff from all areas of campus for networking, dialogue and workshops based on the theme “Student Success is Faculty Success … and Faculty Success is Student Success.” David Yeager, Ph.D. — one of the nation’s leading scholars in the use of psychosocial interventions to promote student learning, persistence in college and success — will be the keynote speaker.

“Every member of our campus is critical to our students and to our mission of student learning and student success,” said Provost Keith Whitfield in a campuswide email. “Last year's Student Success Summit showed me how true this is. I was so impressed by the hundreds of participants, and I hope to see everyone who attended last year return to celebrate our accomplishments since then and renew our commitment. And, perhaps more importantly, I look forward to hosting those of you who did not attend last year.”

This summit provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to connect with others from outside their departments and schools and colleges to discuss shared goals and opportunities for collaboration. The event will offer a discussion about what the university can do to further support students whether through teaching, advising, mentoring or offering a friendly face.

The Student Success Summit will include remarks from Provost Keith Whitfield, Senior Associate Provost for Student Success Monica Brockmeyer, and David Yeager, in addition to the following breakout sessions:

  • Our Voices — A performance by the Freedom Players under the direction of Billicia Hines
  • “Student Success 101 for Academic Staff” — Catherine Bernas, associate director, Advisor Training Academy
  • “Faculty Stress is Student Stress” — Angela Zanardelli Sickler, Study Skills Academy coordinator, Academic Success Center; and Tom Fischer, associate professor of psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • “Open Textbooks and Open Educational Resources: What are they and how do they support student success?” — Veronica Bielat, student success librarian and instruction services coordinator, University Library System
  • “APEX Scholars — Intrusive Advising and Support with AdvisingWorks” — Mark Jackson, director, APEX Scholars; Audrey Whitfield, associate director for enrollment and advising services, APEX Scholars; and Veronica Killebrew, associate director for instructional support/learning communities, APEX Scholars
  • “Early Academic Assessment Strategies for Instructors” — Adrienne Jankens and Thomas Trimble, senior lecturers, Department of English
  • “Employing our Identities as Faculty and Academic Staff to Advocate for our Students” — Annmarie Cano, associate provost for faculty development and faculty success, Office of the Provost

Seating is limited for these breakout sessions, and participants are encouraged to register early.