Best Practices in Postsecondary Retention and Success when “Non-Traditional” is the New Normal
October 10 │9:00 am - 10:15 am

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By implementing a series of student-centered and analytics-informed programs, Georgia State University has raised graduation rates by 22 percentage points and closed all achievement gaps based on race, ethnicity, income-level and first-generation status. It now awards more bachelor’s degrees to African Americans than any other college or university in the nation. Through a discussion of innovations ranging from chat bots and predictive analytics to meta-majors and completion grants, this session covered lessons learned from Georgia State’s transformation and outlined several practical steps that campuses can take to improve outcomes for underserved students.

Key questions addressed:

  • What steps can college access and success professionals take to identify and address the problems faced by low-income and first in the family students?
  • What role can data and analytics play in breaking down often mistaken pre-conceptions about why students drop out?
  • What programs are particularly impactful in the summer before college enrollment?
  • How can campuses promote informed student choices of academic majors?


Tim Renick, Senior Vice President for Student Success, Georgia State University

At Georgia State, Renick has directed the student success and enrollment efforts of the university, overseeing among the fastest improving graduation rates in the nation and the elimination of all achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity or income level. Renick has testified before the United States Senate and has twice been invited to speak at the White House. His work has been covered by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and CNN. He was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation, and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education.