University summit to focus on student success issues

Contact: Jeanne Baron
Photo of Dr. Susan Dynarski.

Dr. Susan Dynarski

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Western Michigan University administrators and faculty and staff members are invited to attend the 2017 Spring Student Success Summit from noon to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Bernhard Center's South Ballroom

Lunch will be provided at this free event being sponsored by Broncos FIRST and the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education. Space is limited, so those planning to attend are required to RSVP by Friday, March 3, at

The summit expands upon concrete action items discussed at the Fall Student Success Summit to improve student success, including nonacademic barriers that can affect the ability of students to persist in college.

Keynote presentation

A keynote talk, "Is College Still Worth It?," will be presented in the afternoon by Dr. Susan Dynarski, a professor of public policy, education and economics at the University of Michigan and a senior fellow in the Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.

Group discussions

Summit attendees will be able to connect with colleagues from across the University and contribute their input through small- and large-group discussions facilitated by the Broncos FIRST team. There also will be a presentation by WMU's new Financial Literacy, Educational Planning and Outreach unit in the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

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