Student Success Summit Schedule for Tuesday, Feb 2


Data Management & Caseloads for Mandatory Advising

Summit Theme(s): Graduation, Collaboration


  • Celena Simpson, Assistant Director of PathwayOregon & Degree Progression, PathwayOregon & Office of Academic Advising
  • KyoungA Song, Degree Progression Specialist, Office of Academic Advising

About the session:

This presentation will provide an overview of our current data management and caseload solution to support campus-wide mandatory advising efforts. We will cover the initial data access and outreach problems we aimed to solve, our solution, and how we process the student enrollment and advising data to achieve our end result. We will also discuss how we prioritize advising units in creating caseload assignments and other insights we've gained over the last year we've had this system in place. Q&A to follow.

For Black Advisors who have Considered Leaving when Self-care is not Enough

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience, Equity


  • Stella-Marie Akindayomi, Academic Counselor & Black Student Retention Specialist, Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence
  • Veratta Pegram-Floyd, Academic and Career Advising Coordinator, Media, Arts, and Expression & Public Policy, Society, and Identity, Tykeson College and Career Advising
  • Damien Pitts, Academic Adviser & Diversity Specialist, Lundquist College of Business

​​​​​​About the session:

Ensuring students have a positive experience while feeling supported academically, culturally, socially and professionally during a time of uncertainty and unrest has impacted this session’s presenters, Black academic advisors, in ways that are not often considered or experienced by non-Black colleagues. This presentation will discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a Black academic advisor and conclude with strategies that support Black university professionals and, ultimately, student success. 

Success in Online Learning: A Student Resource Kit

Summit Theme: Well educated


  • Eleanor Vandegrift, Program Director, Global Science Education Initiatives, Global Studies Institute, Division of Global Engagement
  • Jennifer Rice, Senior Instructor II, American English Institute 

​​​​​​About the session:

Most students can benefit from the intentional development of strategies to succeed at the university including study skills, metacognition, time management, and awareness of available resources. There are benefits to (1) students learning about and developing these skills of their own volition and (2) faculty facilitating the skill development in the context of their courses. We present here a pair of resource kits that incorporate and encourage evidence-based study and learning strategies; one kit is student-facing and the other faculty-facing. The self-paced, fully online Canvas Community resource entitled Success in Online Learning: A Student Resource Kit is directed toward students and contains strategies, opportunities for reflection, and practical ways students can apply the strategies to any class. The Student Success Toolkit contains pre-made assignments faculty can use to develop student strategies for success in their class context. The assignments are contained in modules faculty can upload directly into their Canvas sites and modify to fit into their courses. The following two presentations will showcase these toolkits in turn. 

With the rapid transition to remote learning the UO recognized that students may need additional support as they learn to navigate online learning environments. Funded by an initiative from the UO President’s Office, we compiled resources in a Community Canvas site for students to aid in the transition to and success with online learning. In the free toolkit, students can work at their own pace to reflect on their current learning practices, read about evidence-based learning strategies, watch videos designed as “student office hours” conversations, and create an action plan to integrate the strategies into their daily practice. In development of the site, we focused on sharing practical information with students about topics including how people learn, time management, procrastinating, notetaking, online learning etiquette, and test-taking that they can immediately implement.

In this session, we will take summit participants (students, faculty, staff, and administrators) on a very brief tour of the Canvas Community site. Then, through a series of guided prompts, participants will experience a module from the perspective of a student by reading the content, reflecting on their own learning process, and developing an action plan. After exploring the site, in breakout rooms, participants will develop an action plan to use the resources to improve learning (students) or share the resource in their work with students (staff, faculty, administrators). Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback about additional evidence-based materials that could be added to make the site most relevant for students. 


Lundquist Career Fundamentals: faculty and career services partnering for every student's career success

Summit Theme(s): Career readiness, Collaboration, Equity


  • Jessica Best, Senior Associate Director, Career Strategy, Mohr Career Services, Lundquist College of Business 
  • Erik Ford, Instructor of Operations and Business Analytics, Lundquist College of Business

​​​​​​About the session:

We in the Lundquist College of Business have found that relying on students to opt in to career support leaves many of our students behind. Even though they are aware that career advising and workshops exist, only roughly 1/3 of our students have historically engaged with us in a traditional opt-in model.

Based on extensive research and input from our students, Mohr Career Services has partnered with faculty to design an initiative to embed career readiness activities and accountability in core classes. Because students asked us to, and because we are intent on providing equitable access to all students, these activities will be part of the course grade in required classes. In summer 2020 the college department heads approved the initiative and in fall 2020 we launched in our first class. 

In this presentation, Jessica Best, Senior Associate Director for Career Strategy, will share the genesis, vision, and plan for Lundquist Career Fundamentals. She will be joined by Erik Ford, Instructor of Operations and Business Analytics, who took the leap to be the first faculty partner on this initiative. They collaborated to incentivize students in BA 240, a large-enrollment asynchronous class, to participate in the extensive career support and programming already offered by Mohr Career Services. They will share data on participation as well as student feedback. 

The Student Success Toolkit: Materials faculty can use to foster learning skills, sense of belonging, and knowledge of support resources.

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience, Equity


  • Julie Mueller, Faculty Consultant, Teaching Engagement Program
  • Lee Rumbarger, Assistant Vice Provost for Teaching Engagement and Director, Teaching Engagement Program

​​​​​​About the session

The Teaching Engagement Program (TEP) presents our Student Success Toolkit, a collection of assignments and evidence-based teaching strategies designed to foster students’ sense of belonging at UO, awareness of the wide variety of support resources available on campus, and development of study skills crucial to success in courses. The materials are available through TEP’s website and we encourage faculty to use them as they stand or to adapt them to fit the unique context of their courses. In this workshop we will explore the materials, discuss their benefits, and develop concrete plans for incorporating them into courses. 

Wellbeing Matters

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience


  • Brian Clark, Assistant Director, Office of Assessment and Research, Division of Student Life
  • Renee Delgado-Riley, Director, Office of Assessment and Research, Division of Student Life

​​​​​​About the session:

Student success is much more than GPA, retention, and graduation. It is having positive experiences, becoming well educated, learning to be socially responsible, and developing skills that prepare for careers, none of which can be measured by GPAs or retention/graduation rates. Through sharing the Student Wellbeing and Success Initiative - a research program and educational strategy at the University of Oregon - attendees will:

  • Discover how we are measuring positive experience in terms of wellbeing 
  • Learn how some institutional practices are related to wellbeing 
  • Understand how some institutional practices and wellbeing are related to traditional success outcomes like retention 
  • Reflect on how things we do and decide affect students psychologically
  • Consider what psychological support strategies may benefit different, particularly minoritized, populations 
  • Explore data-informed ways to directly and indirectly support students’ wellbeing and engagement 

As a research program, the Student Wellbeing and Success Initiative is designed to holistically understand institutional inputs to undergraduate students’ wellbeing and success across the college experience. As an educational strategy, it is designed to reduce gaps in wellbeing and success between structurally advantaged and disadvantaged groups of students through directly and indirectly supporting students’ wellbeing, especially that of minoritized students. Better understanding better informs us, affording opportunities to improve institutional practices and make strategic decisions that support students’ wellbeing and engagement, in turn fostering their learning and development and enhancing their achievement and persistence. Unlike many for-profit companies, which use data to sell people, this is a strategy that uses data to empower people. 

The session will provide an overview of the actual and aspirational aspects of the Student Wellbeing and Success Initiative, describe selected results and current efforts demonstrating its potential to support students directly through intervention and outreach efforts and indirectly through data-informed practices and decisions. 


Access the Library from Your Dorm Room: Library sessions go remote

Summit Theme(s): Well educated, COVID


  • Annie Zeidman-Karpinski, The Kenneth M. and Kenda H. Singer Science Librarian, UO Libraries
  • Kristin Buxton, Science Librarian, UO Libraries

​​​​​​About the session:

Use a customizable game-based activity to get students familiar with a wide range of research skills. In this session, we demonstrate how we converted our successful in-person presentations about library research and information literacy skills for first-year students into a session that can be delivered remotely. We have successfully presented material and had students practice using basic library and information literacy skills in an online version. The skills can be broken down into modules that can be delivered either synchronously or asynchronously or a combination of the two. We use principles of gameplay, as well as active learning, to make use of the online format. The presentation will allow for us to play at least part of the lesson as an interactive session with the audience. While the content we created the lesson for is specific to research skills, the format can be reframed for a wide variety of topics in virtually any subject. The game can be customized to cover a wide range of material types and tools, and it is designed to introduce students to the library in a manner that connects with the content and research needs of virtually any course topic. The game-based design is customizable for most requests, requires active participation from the students, and is a fun way to cover the material.

Innovative Strategies to Increase Student Access, Inclusion and Diversity

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience, Collaboration


  • Lara Fernandez, Executive Director, Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program
  • Megan Faulkner, SAIL Program Manager, Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) program

​​​​​​About the session

Join us to learn about our team strategies and values that have allowed us to find continued success in increasing student access, inclusion and diversity, in higher education. We will discuss the importance of core values and how they relate to innovation. Topic areas will include; understanding your stakeholders, engagement and team-building techniques, our collaboration styles, relationship management, and empowering student leadership. 

Peer Mentoring -- Learning from Office of Academic Advising's pilot program

Summit Theme(s): Positive experience, COVID


  • Kris Katkus, Peer Advising Coordinator, Office of Academic Advising

​​​​​​About the session:

For Fall 2020, Office of Academic Advising piloted a student Peer Mentoring program! Our PeerLink Leaders held remote one-on-one and group meetings with first-year student mentees, with the intention of supporting first-year student belonging, resilience and academic success. This presentation aims to share the mentoring best practices that guided our pilot effort, details of program implementation, and how we're using assessment to consider changes moving forward. With session attendees, we'll also take time to learn about each other's programs on campus, as well as how remote operations have changed peer mentoring initiatives across campus.