You could say pie was an important theme at this year’s Neighborhoods Summit, held on May 12, 2015 in Wells Hall. From pie charts depicting student’s experiences in the RISE program, to the actual pie shared during lunch, to the slice of data shared by the East and South Neighborhoods Intercultural Assessment Team, presenters and participants alike sought to better understand their role in supporting student success. Through sharing data, participants also sought to enhance their abilities to work with a variety of student populations, including Spartan Success Scholars, Chinese International Students, and students experiencing academic difficulty. One participant noted that what motivated her to attend the summit, “was to learn more about the trends at MSU regarding student success and to integrate that into my work as an advisor.”
MSU Provost June Youatt and Kris Renn, Professor of Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies and director for Student Success Initiatives, kicked off the summit and then presenters offered seven-minute “teaser” presentations about a variety of topics including, “In Which Courses Do First Year Students Struggle,“ Identifying Writing Center Engagement: When, Where, and Why,” and “STAR Program: A Proven Model for Helping At-Risk Students Persist and Succeed.” Following the short presentations, participants had two opportunities to select from each of the topics in breakout sessions. The summit closed with a keynote address from MSU’s Vice President and CIO of IT Services, Joanna Young.
If you were unable to attend the summit, you can view the presentation slides as well as video of the morning welcome, seven-minute presentations and the keynote address from Joanna Young at https://goo.gl/6UObTw.