Improving Student Success: Academic Advising & The Completion Agenda


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Improving Student Success: Academic Advising & The Completion Agenda


The well-publicized “completion agenda” for American higher education has provided a new and stronger impetus for achieving student success. This agenda has also re-defined the criterion for such success, namely the number of college graduates, thus driving institutions to become creative in increasing their retention and graduation rates. New course deliveries, new sources of credit and new sources of students, new degree programs and configurations, as well as new federal, state, and local policies are being developed in order to reach the 2020 and 2025 completion agendas of the Obama Administration and the Lumina Foundation, respectively.

Meeting these goals poses many challenges, especially as accreditors and employers are demanding college graduates to demonstrate (academic) student learning outcomes and broadly applicable workplace skills. Will higher education withstand the collision course on which these forces seem to be headed, especially in light of reduced funding and increased student debt?

Academic advisors must play a critical role to coordinate students’ learning experiences into a coherent educational plan that will result in a quality degree and broadly applicable education. This webinar will make academic advisors and administrators more keenly aware of the competing forces – forces over which they might have very little, if any, control – that must be confronted and negotiated in order to achieve the student success now being demanded.


  • Identify the forces that are affecting the higher education landscape
  • Determine the meaning of student success on your campus
  • Review the potential challenges these forces may be having (or potentially will have) on their campuses
  • Consider mechanisms to encounter the forces and build the support structures that will enable students to progress and succeed in achieving their success
  • Identify campus efforts that will facilitate such success
  • Review areas of concern and begin to form action plans

Who Should Attend?

  • 2-year & 4-year institutions
  • Dean of Academic Affairs/Instruction
  • Dean of Student Affairs/Services
  • Advising
  • Career Services
  • Disabilities Services
  • Enrollment Services
  • Financial Aid
  • Registrar
  • Retention Specialist
  • Accreditation Officers
  • Directors of Assessment
  • Developmental Educators
  • Diversity Directors
  • First Year Experience Coordinators