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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

Office of Student Success

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

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Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference

2021 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
February 25-26, 2021
First-time ever...the conference will be out-of-state!
Conference Theme

Asset-minded Practice: Reframing Student Success

This year’s theme focuses on student’s strengths, opportunities, and what they bring to our institutions in addition to the responsibilities that institutions have with reframing structures and systems that inhibit student success. Using asset-minded practices as a tool to better support equity, institutions can ensure that every student is valued and has the opportunity to build upon the assets they already possess.  

It’s time to reframe student success to meet the needs of all students, aiming to showcase their potential in and outside the classroom, using a holistic approach. This can be accomplished throughout all aspects of our institutions: from various teaching methods, opportunities for experiential learning, and course offerings to the numerous student organizations and connections at campus events that can enrich our students’ college experience--all of which add to creating a sense of belonging to the students on our campuses. 

Conference Information

Important Dates:
July 18, 2019: 
Registration & hotel reservations open
November 22, 2019: Call For Presentation Proposal due date
November 22, 2019: Graduate Grant and Professional Grant due date
February 14, 2020: Hampton Inn Hotel Reservation block rate ends
February 14, 2020: Online Registration Closes

Conference Registration Costs:
Apply for Professional Grant: Professional Grant
Faculty and Staff: $155 early bird rate until 12/1/19
Faculty and Staff: $185
Oakland University Faculty and Staff: $115

Apply for Graduate Grant: Graduate Grant
Graduate Students: $55

Pre-Conference Workshop (this is a separate registration):
Pre-Conference Registration ($75)  and Pre-Conference Description 

**No refunds for the conference will be given after January 24, 2020.
**The registration form is for one person at a time per check-out. Bulk registrations are not available.

P1 Parking lot at Oakland University

Schedule of Events
Wednesday, February 26
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00 - 6:00 p.m.Check-in for either Pre-Conference Workshop or Conference
Thursday, February 27
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.Registration/Check-in
7:30 - 8:30 a.m.Networking Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 8:45 a.m.Welcome and Opening
8:45 - 10:15 a.m.Keynote
10:15 - 10:25 a.m.Transition
10:25 - 11:25 a.m.Concurrent Session 1
11:25 - 11:35 a.m.Transition
11:35 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.Concurrent Session 2
12:35 - 1:30 p.m.Connecting Lunch
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.Concurrent Session 3
2:30 - 2:45 p.m.Transition
2:45 - 3:45 p.m.Concurrent Session 4
3:45 - 4:00 p.m.Transition
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.Complimentary Tour of Meadow Brook Hall Available
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.Opening Night Welcome Reception in the Oakland Center
Friday, February 28
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.Registration/Check-in
8:00 - 8:45 a.m.Continental Breakfast, Day 2 Welcome
8:45 - 9:45 a.m.Keynote
9:45 - 9:55 a.m.Transition
9:55 - 10:55 a.m.Concurrent Session 5
10:55 - 11:05 a.m.Transition
11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.Concurrent Session 6
12:05 - 1:15 p.m.Connecting Lunch & Closing Remarks
Keynote Speakers
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Cia Verschelden

Cia Verschelden is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma. At UCO, she taught in sociology and in the first-year program; at Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017.

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Russell Lowery-Hart

Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart currently serves as President for Amarillo College, a Leader College for Achieving the Dream.  His leadership is focused on improving student success through systemic and cultural change. In his career, he created several institution-wide initiatives targeting a systemic approach to poverty, curricular reform, instructional improvement, and partnership development across campus “silos.” He was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous executive leadership program led by the Aspen Institute and the Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative.  Dr. Lowery-Hart served as the chair for the Amarillo “No Limits/No Excuses” Partners for Postsecondary Success Collective Impact – a 21 organization collaborative focused on education certificate and degree completion leading to living wage employment. He served as the chair for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Undergraduate Education Advisory Committee charged with evaluating and redesigning the state of Texas general education requirements.

Dr. Lowery-Hart previously served as Vice-President of Academic Affairs for Amarillo College. He was named the National Council of Instructional Administrators Academic Leader of the Year for 2014. While his calling is education reform, his passion is family.  His wife, Tara, sons Christopher and Campbell, daughter, Cadence fill his life with beauty and joy.

Jillian Kinzie

Jillian Kinzie, Ph.D. is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality and issues of teaching and learning, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project. She is co-author of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016); Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015); and Student Success in College (2005/2010). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute, and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. She is a peer reviewer for several accreditors and regularly consults with colleges and universities about assessment, effective educational practice, inclusive excellence, and support for student success.


The GLRSSC committee wishes to express their gratitude to The Kresge Foundation, as our main sponsor, and the following sponsors for their financial support and enthusiasm for this conference.