Morning Plenary: The Future of Student Success is Now

    Presenters: Ashlie Prioleau (Assistant Vice President for Retention, Thriving, and Student Success), Bridget Trogden (Dean of Undergraduate Education & Professor) & student panelists

    Time: 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM, Thursday, January 11

    Session Description

    In today’s ever-changing world, higher education must adapt to meet the needs of its students. What does that mean for those doing the day-to-day work with and for students at American University? In this plenary, we will explore trends in student success and interventions, with a strong focus on what the data tell us (retention/graduation rates, evolving analytics, and generative AI) and the powerful role of building meaningful interpersonal connections within our AU community. In addition to presentations, this session will also feature a diverse panel of students who will share their experiences and growth as American University students.
    Suggested Reading Prior to the Session:
    Felton, P.; Lambert, L.M.; Artze-Vega, I.; Miranda Tapia, O.R. (2023). Connections Are Everything: A College Student’s Guide to Relationship-Rich Education. Johns Hopkins University Press: Baltimore, MD. Introduction and Chapter 1. [Link the phrase “Introduction and Chapter1” to:]

    Learning Outcomes:

    • Recognize the latest national trends in student success and how it impacts American University
    • Identify how the evolution of data analytics can be used to improve student outcomes at AU
    • Describe the importance of building interpersonal connections for a better sense of belonging and community
    • Discover how generative artificial intelligence and other tools are already being used to improve student success

    Watch a short introduction to the session topic:

    Session Materials

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