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Defining and Promoting Student Success

A National Symposium
Fall 2008
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Moving from Scientific Research to Education Research: What are the Questions? How Do We Answer Them? What Have We Learned?

Excerpts from the Keynote address, featuring Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University.

The Classroom: The Foundation for Student Success

Excerpts from the Keynote address, featuring George Kuh, Indiana University.

The Classroom: The Foundation for Student Success

A power point presentation by George Kuh, Indiana University.

Diverse Perspectives on Student Success

Excerpts from the plenary Panel, featuring Margarita Benitez, The Education Trust.

Diverse Perspectives on Student Success

Excerpts from the plenary Panel, featuring Marilee Bresciani, San Diego State University.

Diverse Perspectives on Student Success

Excerpts from the plenary Panel, featuring Patrick Love, Pace University.

Diverse Perspectives on Student Success

Excerpts from the plenary Panel, featuring Bettye Parker Smith, Dillard University.

Accreditation Standards and Student Learning: The Case of the Business Schools

Excerpts from a presentation by Beatriz Rivera and Maribel Huertas, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras.

Best Practices in Mentoring

Excerpts from the Special Committee Session chaired by Dr. Gerardo Marin, University of San Francisco.

Counseling First Year Non-Traditional Students

Excerpts from a presentation by Jeania Adams, Bergen Community College.

Critical Inquiry: A Comprehensive Strategy for Student Success

Excerpts from a presentation by Martha J. Bell, Robert J. Kelly, and Sharona A. Levy, Brooklyn College/CUNY.

Defining and Promoting Student Success through the DIllard University Building Engagement and Attainment for Minority Students (BEAMS) Project

Excerpts from a presentation by Toya-Barnes Teamer, Henrietta Harris, Kevin J. Bastian, and Danneal Jones, Dillard University.

Faculty's Role in Student Success: Engagement in and outside of the Classroom

Excerpts from a presentation by Sylvia Carey-Butler, and Clarissa Myrick-Harris, UNCF Institute for Capacity Building.

Failing is NOT an Option

Excerpts from a presentation by Rebecca Mushtare, Marymount Manhattan College.

First Year Students' Definitions of Success

Excerpts from a presentation by Sonia V. Gonsalves, and Ramya Vijaya, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

Multicultural Educational Issues: Research Focus on Theories, Models, and Strategies Involving Student Learning, Adjustment, and Success

Excerpts from a presentation by Luz O. Moreno, Berkeley City College, Betty Taylor, University of San Francisco, Rod Waters, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Gregory V. Wolcott, University of San Francisco.

Playing to Their Strengths: Using Student Produced Animations to Teach and Learn Biology Concepts

Excerpts from a presentation by Lynn A. Petrullo, The College of New Rochelle.

Service Learning and the Freshman Seminar: Diversity and Cultural Awareness

Excerpts from a presentation by Wayne M. Tanna, Richard Kido, Candice Sakuda, and Michael Fassiotto, Chaminade University.

Seeking Factors For and Promoting Student Academic Success

Excerpts from a presentation by Nan Li, Claflin University.

Student Success Redefined

Excerpts from a presentation by Patricia Carey, New York University.

Success Through Careful Reading

Excerpts from a presentation by Thai-Duong Tran, Huston Tillotson University.

Technology Enhanced Teaching and Learning for Student (and Teacher) Success

Excerpts from a presentation by Ludmila Smirnova, Mount Saint Mary College.

The Importance of Using Youth Culture as an Instructional Tool

Excerpts from a presentation by Jon Yasin, Bergen Community College.

Using Technology to Promote Student Success: Strengthening Information Literacy Skills in Distributed Education Classes

Excerpts from a presentation by Mary Ann Trail, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

From the Executive Director

Throughout the last decade, different parties-from government officials to university faculty members and administrators to parents and students themselves-have been involved in trying to define what is meant by “student success.” The heavy onset of legislative rulings and recommendations, such as the Spellings Commission, the Higher Education Act, and No Child Left Behind, to name a few, has resulted in continuing debates over issues ranging from the merit of standardized tests to the importance of curriculum design and the role of teaching excellence. Still, we are left to grapple with two tough questions: What is student success? and How do we cultivate it?


In November 2008 faculty members and other representatives of Faculty Resource Network institutions addressed these questions and issues during a national symposium on "Defining and Promoting Student Success," hosted by the University of San Francisco in San Francisco, California.


During the two-day symposium, through keynote presentations, plenary panels, and breakout sessions, attendees were provided with the opportunity to consider a range of issues related to student success, including learning styles and theories of intelligence, student preparation, access to higher education, and teaching effectiveness. Through sharing experiences and information on these and other timely topics, symposium participants shared new and effective practices to helping our students achieve success.


In this sixth issue of our online NETWORK: A Journal of Faculty Development, we present excerpts from a number of the presentations that were delivered during that symposium.

Debra M. Szybinski
Executive Director, Faculty Resource Network