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Laurie Hazard

Higher Education Administration and Student Success Expert

Laurie L. Hazard is a higher education consultant and has over thirty years of operational and strategic experience in the field of student success, FYE, and higher education administration. Her experience ranges from assessment work to developing innovative services and programs for a wide variety of colleges and universities tailored for their specific populations.

As the former Assistant Dean for Student Success at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, she was responsible for ensuring that students had a positive, thriving experience from matriculation to graduation.

For many years, she also taught in the Psychology Department.  Laurie does research and writes about parent involvement, and student personality types and classroom success. She is an award-winning expert on how students can make successful transitions from high school to college.

After earning her Masters of Education degree from Boston University in counseling, she received a Doctoral degree from Boston University in Curriculum and Teaching.

Laurie is co-author of the book Foundations for Learning, 3nd Edition (2012, Prentice Hall), which is designed to help students make a successful transition to college by encouraging them to take responsibility for and claim their own education. Hazard’s textbook has been adopted by colleges and universities around the country, including Boston University, University of Nevada, and Texas A&M. Richard J. Light, the Walter H. Gale Professor of Education at Harvard University, calls Hazard’s book “a winner for any college student” that is a “beautifully written joy to read.”

Laurie has won numerous awards for her work with first-year students and their parents, includingThe National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition’s Outstanding First-Year Student AdvocateThe Learning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Research and Publication AwardThe Learning Assistance Association of New England’s Outstanding Service to Developmental Students AwardThe CRLA Northeast’s Outstanding Service to the Field of Developmental Education Award

Most recently, Laurie and her colleagues received the AHEPPP, Parent and Family Professional Best Institutional Initiative Award and Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success. Laurie’s expertise has garnered national media attention. She has been interviewed and cited as an expert in the Associated Press, Seventeen Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Times Picayune, The San Diego Tribune, and Student Affairs Leader.

Laurie has also been a guest columnist for the Washington Post’s Answer Sheet: A School Survival Guide for Parents (And Everyone Else). Her articles offer concrete advice for parents of new college students: “How to Help Your Child Adapt to College Life,” and “Parents Should Leave their Kids Alone at College.” Laurie co-authored a book for parents with fellow student success expert, Stephanie Carter, called Your Freshman Is Off To College (2016). This book is the first in their Off To Series.

Laurie and Stephanie’s next book Off to College, a student success book, is expected to be out in summer 2023.