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 cancel the virtual conference in 2021. 

To keep the conference momentum and the student success movement advancing nationally, we are offering a FREE Speakers Series (beginning in January 2021) for higher education professionalsThis complimentary series features several of the announced plenary speakers for the cancelled 2021 conference, plus other higher education leaders, addressing key topics relevant to current issues on college campuses. 


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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 fourth annual National Student Success Conference: Innovators & Innovations in Higher Education (February 2022), hosted by the University of South Florida and the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, 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 February 2022 in beautiful St. Petersburg, Florida, will benefit from a forum focused on innovative and effective practices to further your institution’s student success initiatives. 



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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