Share Your Voice | Elevate Your Impact

2020 Undergraduate Student Success Summit
March 5, 2020
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
OSU Memorial Union

About the Summit

We invite your direct contributions to this opportunity to learn from and with one another as we collectively work toward achieving the engagement, retention, achievement, and graduation goals articulated in SP 4.0. All of us play a key role in contributing to the success of our students, so we invite you to submit a proposal based on the efforts you and your colleagues have advanced in your respective areas of the university.

The Undergraduate Student Success Summit brings together thought leaders and innovators to discuss ways to enhance the student experience and outcomes at OSU. From the work of the Student Success Initiative Steering Committee and the Student Success Summit, the following focus areas have been identified that will guide future work at the Summit.

  1. Transition Experiences. Support the student transition into OSU, whether from high school, community college or as an older adult. Build a culture that fosters relationships between students and faculty, with an emphasis on mentoring.
  2. Financial Aid and Scholarships. Efficiently distribute financial aid and scholarships to those whose success will most be advanced through the aid. To a first approximation, this means providing financial aid to those most in need.
  3. Faculty-Student Engagement. Significantly expand faculty-student connections outside of class to address student needs and establish an appropriate disciplinary framework, focusing on the first two years a student is at OSU.
  4. Curricular Excellence. Improve and streamline curriculum, curricular innovation, and instructional excellence.
  5. Experiential Learning. Expand access to experiential learning opportunities for students.

Possible topic areas might include:

  • Student Feedback/Correspondence – Have you made changes in terms of frequency, modality, or wording that have proven effective?
  • Interactive Engagement and/or Cooperative Learning – What adjustments are yielding positive outcomes in your classrooms, outside the classroom, in laboratories or communities outside of OSU?
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion – Efforts to improve the educational experiences of students of color, first-generation, and other “non-traditional” students at OSU.
  • Achievement Gaps - Sharing your work toward redressing historical achievement gaps within your program, college, or broadly at OSU


  • Communication/Outreach - Have you contributed to campaigns designed to ease students’ navigation of the university, understanding of the curriculum, and/or maximizing the array of opportunities available at OSU? What is working for you?
  • Financial Supports - Changes implemented to assist students in terms of financial stability
  • Office Hours - What successful strategies have you employed to encourage student attendance?
  • And many, many more…

Presenters may propose a five-to-seven-minute lightning talk, a 45-minute breakout session, a 45-minute panel discussion, or a poster presentation of their work.