Spring Symposium 2011 feat. Dr Kuh

Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a wonderful event!

Click here to view a summary of evaluations received for the event. Materials from the presenters are available on the Breakout Sessions page.

Friday, April 22; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (EDT)

IU South Bend Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Academic Affairs proudly host Dr. George Kuh, of IU Bloomington, for the 2011 Spring Symposium. Dr. Kuh will discuss topics from the book he coauthored, Student Success in College. Later, we will have the opportunity to participate in topic-based breakout sessions focusing on student success. Come, join us for an in-depth examination of the strategies that have created great success for students at twenty representative colleges and universities around the country!

Dr George Kuh Biography

Dr. George KuhDr. George Kuh is Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at Indiana University Bloomington. George was the founding director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty. He currently directs two national projects, the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (with Stan Ikenberry at the University of Illinois) and the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions. At Indiana University, he served as chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (1982-84), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education (1985-88), and Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus (1997-2000).George has more than 300 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. In addition, he has been a consultant to more than 300 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. His contributions have been recognized with awards from the American College Personnel Association, American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE), Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education. In addition, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award and Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State University, several Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, the Dean's Award for outstanding contributions by a faculty member to the quality of undergraduate life at IUB, and the prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award from Indiana University for a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching. A past-president of ASHE, George holds six honorary degrees (Luther College, Midland Lutheran College, Millikin University, Post University, Washington and Jefferson College, Winthrop University), and serves on the Board of Regents at Luther College and the National Leadership Council for the Association of American College and Universities "Liberal Education and America's Promise" initiative.George received the B.A. from Luther College, M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.View Resume

Student Success in College Creating Conditions that Matter

Student Success in College book cover"Student Success in College describes policies, programs, and practices that a diverse set of institutions have used to enhance student achievement. This book clearly shows the benefits to student learning and educational effectiveness that can be realized when these conditions are present. Based on the Documenting Effective Educational Practice (DEEP) project from the Center for Postsecondary Research at Indiana University, this book provides concrete examples from twenty institutions that other colleges and universities can learn from and adapt to help create a success-oriented campus culture and learning environment."

Source: Student Success in College

DEEP Project 

Project DEEP: Documenting Effective
Educational Practice

A time-honored approach to improving productivity is the identification and adaptation of qualities that characterize high-performing organizations. Similarly, any institution of higher education can learn valuable lessons from educationally effective colleges and universities. Toward this end, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and the American Association for Higher Education (AAHE) collaborated on Project DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practice). With support from Lumina Foundation for Education and the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College, this initiative examined the everyday workings of a variety of educationally effective colleges and universities to learn what they do to promote student success. The effort is the first in a series of activities undertaken by the NSSE Institute for Effective Educational Practice to respond to national concerns about improving the quality of undergraduate education.

Source: NSSE

Breakout Sessions

Full Breakout Session details and presenter materials

Symposium Schedule of Events (EDT)

(subject to change)

9 - 9:30 a.m. Check-in The Grille Includes a continental breakfast
9:30 Welcome The Grille  
10 - 10:45 a.m. Breakout 1 Wiekamp Hall  
11 - 11:45 a.m. Breakout 2 Wiekamp Hall  
12 - 1:30 p.m. Lunch &
Keynote Speech
The Grille Presented by Dr. Kuh
1:45 - 2:30 p.m. Breakout 3 Wiekamp Hall  
2:45 - 3:15 p.m. Closing Remarks The Grille  

Resources: Campus Map & Details (printable)


How much does the symposium cost to attend?
Attendace costs are tiered:
Faculty/Professional: $20
Graduate Student: $10
Undergraduate Student: Free

Is lunch provided?
Yes, and the menu includes a vegetarian option.

Where do I park and do I have to pay for it?
Follow the signage labeled "Event Parking" to the lots near Wiekamp Hall and the Student Activities Center, or use a lot indicating "D" spaces. Parking is free for the event and permits are not required.

Do I need to read the book before attending?
No, Dr. Kuh will be presenting information from his research and book. The breakout sessions will be discussions led by professionals in various areas presenting their effective practices. However, reading the book is time well spent and our discussions will be enhanced! Our campus bookstore currently has the book available for purchase.