Program Overview

The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts is a leadership development program tailored to the distinctive needs of established provosts (chief academic officers) at AASCU member institutions. SSI will help provosts with more than two years of experience in the role at AASCU member institutions to more effectively lead and implement the type of transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s increasingly diverse student body.

The cost of participation for the first year of the program will be fully subsidized by grant funding provided by Ascendium Education Group. There will be no program fee charged for the first year of this program.

This program is based on the following convictions:

  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes. Provosts are charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, while also building and managing effective relationships with their student affairs counterparts.

Student Success at AASCU

The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts is a key component in AASCU’s strategy to assist our members in the institutional transformation necessary to achieve their student success goals. Through our of array programs and services -- leadership development, student success academies, webinars, and convenings -- we provide structured and customized support as our members adapt to meet the needs of current students. This kind of institutional transformation demands responsive and adaptive leaders who have the tools to lead deep, pervasive change. In addition to a robust suite of programs and services, including leadership development, AASCU’s approach to student success includes what we are best at--fostering a culture of collaboration among peers.

Program Partners

AASCU has partnered with Sova, a mission-driven organization focused on improving the quality and accelerating the pace of complex problem-solving in higher education and workforce development, to co-design and manage the launch of SSI through the initial development phases.

The Student Success Institute (SSI) for Provosts is supported by generous funding from Ascendium Education Group. Visit for more information.

How to Apply

The Design Cohort will be composed of up to 25 provosts at AASCU member institutions with a demonstrated commitment to student success (as evidenced in their application form). AASCU is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As such, the Design Cohort will represent a cross section of AASCU’s membership in regards to both individual demographic characteristics and institution type.

Applications for the Design Cohort have now closed. Current applicants will be notified of next steps by November 19, 2020.

Applications for Cohort 2 will open in Q1 2021. For general inquiries about the program or to indicate your interest in applying for Cohort 2, please fill out the inquiry form


The Student Success Institute for Provosts is supported by generous funding from Ascendium Education Group.