Program Format and Content
The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs will provide the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the in-person and virtual program, fellows will have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own student success plan with a small group of peers.
Program Features and Benefits
The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs is designed for individuals at AASCU member institutions with at least one year of experience in their role. During this seven-month, blended (in-person and virtual) experience, fellows will explore topics pertinent to the role of the provost in ensuring equitable student success.
Throughout the program, fellows will:
- Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents and experienced provosts, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.
- Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Fellows will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan.
- Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for fellows to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.
- Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, fellows will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices.
- Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, fellows will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program.
Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will …
- be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions.
- deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices.
- understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions.
- understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success.
- critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders.
Program Format and Calendar
The SSI will be a blended experience, with both in-person and virtual programming. One hundred percent attendance is expected.
- Program Onboarding (virtual): January 2023
- In-Person Meeting (Washington, D.C.): Feb. 7-9, 2023
- Programming will begin at noon ET on Feb. 7 and conclude by 2 p.m. ET on Feb. 9
- Workshop One and Small Group One (virtual): March 2023
- Workshop Two and Small Group Two (virtual): April 2023
- Workshop Three and Small Group Three (virtual): June 2023
- Closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (Baltimore): July 18 –19, 2023
Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET. Workshops will be two hours in length and small group discussions will be one hour in length.
In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan.
All attendees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend AASCU in-person meetings.
Additional Information and FAQ
- Can more than one individual from an institution attend?
- Yes, institutions are welcome to send a team comprising of the Provost, Associate/Assistant Provost, and/or the VP for Student Affairs
- What is the cost of participation?
- $3,500 for AASCU members
- $4,500 for non-members
- Limited scholarship funding may be available for AASCU members upon request. Please contact Sara Gassman with questions regarding program fees and scholarship availability.
- I'm not sure I can fully commit to the program dates. Should I apply?
- One of the primary goals of this program is to create a lasting and supportive community of provosts, associate/vice provosts, and vice presidents for student affairs committed to advancing student success. Full participation in and in-between sessions will contribute to the development of this robust community. If you have concerns about your capacity to fully commit to the experience, please contact Sara Gassman, program manager, leadership development, AASCU to discuss your concerns.
- What is the cancellation policy?
- Cancellations after the program begins will be managed on a case-by-case basis as per AASCU's cancellation policy.
- I have other questions. Who can I reach out to?
- Please contact Sara Gassman, program manager, leadership development, AASCU to discuss any additional questions or concerns.
How to Apply
The application period for the 2023 SSI cohort is now closed. Click here to sign up to be notified for the next cohort.
The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is a Washington, D.C.-based higher education association of nearly 400 public colleges, universities, and systems whose members share a learning- and teaching-centered culture, a historic commitment to underserved student populations, and a dedication to research and creativity that advances their regions’ economic progress and cultural development. These are institutions Delivering America’s Promise of Opportunities for All. Visit www.aascu.org for more information.