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    Keynote Speaker: George D. Kuh

    What Matters to Student Success: The Promise of High-Impact Practices

    George D. Kuh, Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois
    Indiana University Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
    Director, National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

    Creating the conditions that foster success in postsecondary education is more important than ever. Much progress has been made during the past two decades in engaging students in purposeful activities inside and outside the classroom to promote educational attainment. Despite the documented effectiveness of active, collaborative, and problem-based learning, learning communities, theme-based residences, service learning, and other experientially-based programs and practices, too often these and related practices are underutilized. In this session I will review what matters to student success, examine some key indicators of quality such as student engagement, and illustrate the kinds of policies and “high impact” practices that channel student and institutional effort toward educationally purposeful activities and often boost the performance of historically underrepresented students and the less well-prepared.


    George Kuh is Adjunct Professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois and Chancellor's Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University (IU). George founded IU’s Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and related instruments for law students, beginning college students, and faculty. He directs the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and founded the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), the first-ever in-depth look at the factors that help or hinder the careers of graduates of arts-intensive training high schools and postsecondary institutions. At Indiana University, he served as chairperson of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (1982-84), Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the School of Education (1985-88), and Associate Dean of the Faculties for the Bloomington campus (1997-2000). George has 375 publications and made several hundred presentations on topics related to institutional improvement, college student engagement, assessment strategies, and campus cultures. His recent books include Student Success in College: Creating Conditions That Matter (2005, 2010), Piecing Together the Student Success Puzzle: Research, Propositions, and Recommendations (2007), High Impact Practices (2008), and Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale (2013). He has been a consultant to more than 350 institutions of higher education and educational agencies in the United States and abroad. A past-president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, he serves on the National Leadership Council for the Association of American Colleges and Universities “Liberal Education and America’s Promise” initiative. In 2013, The Chronicle of Higher Education described George as a "towering figure" who "really launched the field of assessment of institutional quality."

    His contributions have been recognized with major awards from various groups including the American Educational Research Association, Association for Institutional Research, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), and National Center on Public Policy in Higher Education. In addition, he received the Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania, Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Iowa, Distinguished Alumni Award and Educational Leadership Award for Teaching from St. Cloud State University, several Teaching Excellence Recognition Awards from Indiana University, and Indiana University’s prestigious Tracy Sonneborn Award for a distinguished record of scholarship and teaching. NASPA named its award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature and Research after him in 2011.

    George received the B.A. from Luther College, M.S. from St. Cloud State University, and Ph.D. from the University of Iowa as well as seven honorary degrees

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