Student Success Summit


Student Success Summit

Photos from Student Success Summit

SREB’s annual Student Success Summit highlights the importance of postsecondary student success. Expect strategies and collaborative conversations to help universities improve success rates.


Call for Proposals

The Southern Regional Education Board is excited to announce the 2024 Student Success Summit, taking place at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky from Sept. 9-11. 

This year, the summit’s theme is Empowering Every Learner: Unlocking Student Potential for Economic Mobility and Community Growth, focusing on the relationship between postsecondary student success and a thriving south. SREB invites proposals that resonate with this central theme and contribute to the organization’s mission to support states as they advance all levels of education to improve the social and economic vitality of the SREB region. Sessions will be held Sept. 10-11.

SREB is accepting proposals between now and July 31, 2024. To assist prospective presenters, we have identified the following focus areas to provide guidance and structure to proposal submissions:

1. Access to Postsecondary

Postsecondary access encompasses the acquisition, understanding and effective use of information regarding institutional requirements, admissions processes, financial obligations, testing, college culture, academic expectations, challenges and available resources, enabling students to make informed choices about their educational pathways.

Potential topics could include:

  • Building partnerships between K-12 schools and higher education institutions;
  • Supporting first-generation college students;
  • Innovations in financial aid and scholarships
  • Enhancing transfer pathways between dual enrollment, two-year and four-year institutions

2. Retention

“Retention is a measure of institutional success. It refers to a college or university’s capacity to keep students engaged and enrolled in their programs until they successfully complete their studies, typically culminating in a degree. Retention encompasses all the efforts institutions make to prevent students from leaving the college or university—whether to transfer elsewhere or stop their higher educational journey entirely.” (Student Persistence vs. Retention in Higher Education (

Potential topics could include:

  • Strategies for improving first-year retention rates
  • Professional development for faculty and staff
  • Recruitment and retention of faculty
  • Building a sense of belonging and community on campus

3. Persistence

“[Persistence] refers to a student staying enrolled and continuing their academic journey from term to term until they achieve their educational goals, typically earning a degree or other credential. Persistence speaks to a student’s determination, drive and use of resources to overcome challenges, adapt to new environments and push through obstacles to reach objectives.” (Student Persistence vs. Retention in Higher Education (

Potential topics could include:

  • Integrating mental health services into campus support systems
  • Effective approaches to student support services
  • Supporting non-traditional and adult learners in persisting to degree completion
  • Best practices in academic advising and mentorship

4. Attainment

Graduation to postgraduate opportunities refers to the transition from completing an undergraduate degree to pursuing further education, entering the workforce, or engaging in personal growth endeavors. 

Potential topics could include:

  • Career pathways and workforce development
  • Technological advancement for future careers
  • Apprenticeships and experiential learning opportunities
  • Mentorship for students pursuing graduate studies

Student Success Summit Agenda
View the tentative schedule

Preconference and Summit Sessions at Kentucky State University
Sept. 9


8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Data Exchange Coordinators (Invitation only)
1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. HBCU-MSI Collaborative (Invitation only)
9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

OER pre-conference (open to public- no registration fee)

Summit registration
10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.


Student Success Opening Dinner