After further consideration of the nationwide economic impact of COVID-19 on higher education budgets, the conference hosts -- the University of South Florida and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities -- have decided to postpone the conference until 2023.
To keep the conference momentum and the student success movement advancing nationally, we will offer a Speakers Series (beginning early in 2022) for higher education professionals like that offered in the spring of 2021

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The mindset and behaviors of modern undergraduate students present new challenges for higher education at a time when colleges and universities—driven by accountability measures—are seeking to transform the way we think about and practice student success.

Issues like inclusivity, remote learning, food insecurity, debt, stress, and work/life balance have been amplified with the global pandemic and national civil unrest issue, adding to the obstacles that both universities and students must address to reach higher levels of persistence and graduation.

Successful colleges and universities are implementing comprehensive strategies that focus on academic as well as these non-academic issues, using all tools at their disposal—including big data and high tech—to deliver the right support, to the right student, at the right time

Such innovative approaches help to not only remove the barriers that slow or halt student progression but enrich the student experience, leading to the ultimate student success—graduation and career achievement.

The next annual National Student Success Conference: Innovators & Innovations in Higher Education, hosted by the University of South Florida and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, in the early spring of 2023, will bring together higher education innovators, thought leaders and practitioners from across the nation to uncover and share their innovative approaches related to:

  • First year student experience
  • Student engagement
  • Male student success
  • Health and wellness
  • Admissions
  • Financial aid
  • Advising and advocacy
  • Housing and residential education
  • Undergraduate education
  • Institutional research
  • Career readiness
  • Learning support
  • Predictive analytics
  • Student success models post-pandemic
  • and more!



With multiple insightful plenary sessions and dozens of workshops, attendees of the in-person conference planned for spring 2023 in the beautiful Tampa Bay region of Florida will benefit from a forum focused on innovative and effective practices to further your institution’s student success initiatives. Take a look at our highlights videos from past conferences for greter insight to the NSSC conference experience.



Associate provosts, vice presidents, associate/assistant vice presidents, deans, associate/assistant deans and directors/assistant directors leading, designing and implementing policies, programs and initiatives focused on enhancing the student experience and improving persistence and graduation rates for your institution will benefit from attending this conference.

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