Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
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(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485


Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference

2019 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
hosted by Oakland University

March 21-22, 2019
  Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
400 Renaissance Drive
Detroit, MI

Promoting Persistence and Practice

The field of higher education continues to experience great change in how we engage with students, how we use ever-changing technologies for our daily practices and services, and how we strive to connect in meaningful ways with our students in and outside of the classroom. Not only  are higher education professionals continuing to advance in “how” we do things, we are also continuing to share and reiterate the “why” higher education is critical for cultivating skills and knowledge relevant in the new global economy by providing credentials of purpose and value.

This year’s conference brings experts and practitioners focused on persistence and practice through various lenses, ranging from engagement and technology to resiliency and student success initiatives.  

Fees & Parking Information

July 1, 2018
November 1, 2018
February 27, 2019 March 4, 2019

Registration & Hotel Reservations Open
Presentation Proposal Deadline
Hotel Reservation block rate ends             Online Registration Closes

Faculty and Staff

$150 Early Bird Rate until December 1, 2018                                  $185 Regular Rate starting December 2, 2018

Oakland University Faculty and Staff$100
Graduate Students$55
**No refunds will be given after February 22, 2019.
**You may register only one person per checkout process for this conference.

Parking Options:

Wednesday, March 20

4:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.Registration/Check-in
Thursday, March 21
7:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.Registration/Check-in
7:30a.m. - 8:45a.m.Networking Continental Breakfast
8:45a.m. - 9:00a.m.Welcome and Opening
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.Keynote: Dr. George Kuh
10:00a.m. - 10:15a.m.Transition
10:15a.m. - 11:15a.m.Concurrent Session 1
11:15a.m. - 11:30a.m.Transition
11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.Concurrent Session 2
12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.Connecting Lunch
1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m.Concurrent Session 3
2:30p.m. - 2:45p.m.Transition
2:45p.m. - 3:45p.m.Concurrent Session 4
3:45p.m. - 4:00p.m.Transition
4:00p.m.Keynote Speaker
Friday, March 22
8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.Registration/Check-in, Poster and Sponsor Displays
8:00a.m. - 8:45a.m.Continental Breakfast, Day 2 Welcome
8:45a.m. - 9:45a.m.Keynote: Jose' Antonio Bowen
9:45a.m. - 10:00a.m.Transition
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.Concurrent Session 5
11:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.Transition
11:15a.m. - 12:15p.m.Concurrent Session 6
12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m.Connecting Lunch
1:15p.m. - 2:15p.m.Concurrent Session 7
2:15p.m.Closing Remarks
George D. Kuh

headshot of George D. KuhGeorge D. Kuh is adjunct research professor at the University of Illinois and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University (IU). He is a senior scholar and founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) as well as the founding director of IU’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). George has more than 400 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to assessment strategies, institutional improvement, college student engagement, and campus cultures. He has consulted with about 400 institutions and organizations in the U.S. and abroad. His recent books include Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale (2013), High Impact Practices (2008), and Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010). His work has been recognized with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education as well as eleven honorary degrees.

José Antonio Bowen
headshot of Jose Antonio BowenJosé Antonio Bowen is President of Goucher College. Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami and Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011), and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He has written a symphony (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize), music for Hubert Laws and Jerry Garcia, and is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities). He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010 and he will be awarded and the Ernest L. Boyer Award (for significant contributions to American higher education) from the New American Colleges and Universities in January 2018. See his blog at or follow him on Twitter @josebowen.