Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities and University of South Florida team up for Inaugural National Student Success Conference

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Registration is now open for a new forum focused on innovations in higher education

The University of South Florida and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities today announce that attendee registration has opened for the inaugural National Student Success Conference: Innovators and Innovations, to be held February 21-23, 2018, at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay.

The National Student Success Conference will highlight innovations that address the shifting paradigms and demands of higher education. Higher education administrators, faculty, staff, industry leaders, and students are encouraged to attend this first-of-its-kind conference to learn more about innovative student success programs, policies, and practices designed to enrich the undergraduate student experience.

“USF is excited to partner with the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities to develop a conference that will bring together blue sky thinkers and cutting edge practitioners in order to fuel educators with the latest and greatest in student success programs, practices, and policies,” said Paul Dosal, vice president of Student Affairs & Student Success at USF.

The conference will provide over 20 breakout sessions and feature thought leader George Kuh, founding director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment, as the opening keynote speaker. Sally Johnstone, president of the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), Dan Greenstein, director of Education of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Mark Milliron, co-founder & chief learning officer, Civitas Learning Inc., are also among the conference presenters.

Participants will have an opportunity to discuss innovative practices and philosophies that impact the design of programs to better engage today’s students in the learning process, enhance services and resources, augment teaching in and outside the classroom, and broaden research initiatives that expand the learning environment.

“Today universities are charged with helping students to excel in the classroom and throughout their college experience. Now more than ever, we are also expected to help student’s successfully transition into life after college,” said Michael Preston, executive director at the Florida Consortium. “With boundless innovation and creativity in mind and working with USF, we’ve designed an event help us to do that and more.”

Visit the National Student Success Conference website to register to attend or contact conference staff for more information.

About Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities:

The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities is the first of its kind collaboration in higher education. The Florida Consortium is comprised of Florida International, University of Central Florida, and University of South Florida, the state’s largest research universities that account for 170,000 students or 49% of the State University System of Florida enrollment. The Florida Consortium is focused on producing more career ready graduates with lower debt and adaptable skills that employer’s value. For more information visit http://www.floridaconsortium.com or connect with us on Twitter, or Facebook.

About the University of South Florida:

The University of South Florida, established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. The USF System includes three, separately accredited institutions: USF; USF St. Petersburg; and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Serving more than 49,000 students, the USF System has an annual budget of $1.6 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion. USF ranks in the Top 30 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2016, the Florida Legislature designated USF as “Emerging Preeminent,” placing USF in an elite category among the state’s 12 public universities. USF is a member of the American Athletic Conference.


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