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A CONFERENCE on student success

The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education held Sustaining Growth: A Conference on Student Success on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. Hosted by Bridgewater State College, the conference included approximately 200 participants from public and private higher education institutions.

The purpose of this annual conference is to facilitate dialogue on best practices and excellence in higher education across the Commonwealth and the nation. is designed to benefit of college administrators, faculty, and staff in student services, advising, assessment, institutional research, and financial aid; secondary school administrators and teachers interested in college readiness; and all others engaged in improving the educational outcomes of students.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker, Allison Jones, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Office of the Chancellor at the California State University (CSU), provided an overview of CSU’s Early Assessment Program. According to the 2006 Spellings Commission report, A Test of Leadership: Charting the Future of U.S. Higher Education, the CSU program is one of the best models nationally for collaboration between higher education and K-12 to help students to prepare for the rigors of college. The conference will also include undergraduate research on campus political engagement and student perceptions of what makes a good college course.

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions focused on approaches to foster college readiness and student success among a wide variety of student groups at risk of not persisting, including disabled, low-income, first-generation, veteran, and transfer students. Some of the sessions' PowerPoint files are available on the Session Descriptions and Presentations page.


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