Supercharge Your Student Success Initiatives: Five Strategies from Research and Practice

The issue of college student success and persistence is more important than ever, especially with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing inequities. For many, the idea of new student success initiatives involves a long and complicated process. But, it does not have to be this way. In this webinar, presenters discuss five ways you can improve your existing student success initiatives, with examples and practices applicable to any campus context.

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The issue of college student success and persistence is more important than ever, especially with the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing inequities. For many, the idea of new student success initiatives involves a long and complicated process. But, it does not have to be this way. In this webinar, presenters discuss five ways you can improve your existing student success initiatives, with examples and practices applicable to any campus context.

Matt Venaas

Skyfactor

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor (formerly EBI), a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 Benchworks national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He has served as a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. 

Matt Venaas
Matt Venaas

Matt Venaas

Skyfactor

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor (formerly EBI), a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 Benchworks national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He has served as a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. 

Matt Venaas

Matt Venaas

Skyfactor

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor (formerly EBI), a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 Benchworks national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He has served as a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. 

Rachel Phillips-Buck

Rachel Phillips-Buck

Pharos Resources

Rachel Phillips-Buck is the Vice President for Student Success and a Senior Consultant at Pharos Resources. She works closely with clients to create and coordinate best retention practices on their campuses. She has worked with Pharos 360 since 2006, helping to develop and implement this early alert system on campuses throughout the United States. Prior to her work with Pharos Resources, she worked as a career counselor at Abilene Christian University. She taught the Career and Life Planning Class, and created and delivered the “D!scovery for Deciding” program, a five-week program that helps students choose, confirm and focus his/her major. Rachel’s background is as a Licensed Professional Counselor and approaches all of her work with Pharos Resources with a perspective informed by her training in Systems Theory. Rachel received a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACU.

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Matt Venaas

Matt Venaas

Skyfactor

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor (formerly EBI), a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 Benchworks national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He has served as a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. 

Rachel Phillips-Buck

Rachel Phillips-Buck

Pharos Resources

Rachel Phillips-Buck is the Vice President for Student Success and a Senior Consultant at Pharos Resources. She works closely with clients to create and coordinate best retention practices on their campuses. She has worked with Pharos 360 since 2006, helping to develop and implement this early alert system on campuses throughout the United States. Prior to her work with Pharos Resources, she worked as a career counselor at Abilene Christian University. She taught the Career and Life Planning Class, and created and delivered the “D!scovery for Deciding” program, a five-week program that helps students choose, confirm and focus his/her major. Rachel’s background is as a Licensed Professional Counselor and approaches all of her work with Pharos Resources with a perspective informed by her training in Systems Theory. Rachel received a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACU.

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Matt Venaas

Matt Venaas

Skyfactor

Matt Venaas is a Research Manager at Skyfactor (formerly EBI), a Macmillan Learning company. In this capacity on the Analytics & Research Team, he is responsible for survey design and content for over 50 Benchworks national benchmarking assessments. He also is responsible for analyzing data from these assessments to build educational content and conduct national studies. Since 2015, he has presented over 50 educational sessions at national higher education conferences on a wide range of topics related to student affairs assessment, student success, and retention. He has served as a member of the Directorate Board for ACPA’s Commission for Assessment and Evaluation and on faculty for the Student Affairs Assessment Institute. He has a M.S.Ed. in Adult and Higher Education and a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University. 

Rachel Phillips-Buck

Matt Venaas

Pharos Resources

Rachel Phillips-Buck is the Vice President for Student Success and a Senior Consultant at Pharos Resources. She works closely with clients to create and coordinate best retention practices on their campuses. She has worked with Pharos 360 since 2006, helping to develop and implement this early alert system on campuses throughout the United States. Prior to her work with Pharos Resources, she worked as a career counselor at Abilene Christian University. She taught the Career and Life Planning Class, and created and delivered the “D!scovery for Deciding” program, a five-week program that helps students choose, confirm and focus his/her major. Rachel’s background is as a Licensed Professional Counselor and approaches all of her work with Pharos Resources with a perspective informed by her training in Systems Theory. Rachel received a BS in Psychology and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from ACU.

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