18th Annual Leadership Symposium
Thriving: A New Vision for Student Success
Laurie A. Schreiner is chair and professor in the Department of Doctoral Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University. She was project director on two federal grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) through the US Department of Education; the first focused on successful programming for first-year college students and the second grant focused on the development of a campus-wide four-year strengths education program to increase student retention and success. She has been a senior research associate for the Gallup Organization and has completed the national validity study of StrengthsFinder with college students, along with the second edition of the book StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. Dr. Schreiner’s primary interests include student success and thriving in college, student satisfaction and retention, strengths-based advising and educational practices, Christian higher education, campus climate and sense of community, and the programming needs of first-year students and sophomores.
This year’s symposium is part of the OVPSA Professional Development Series. For more information and to register for the 18th Annual Leadership Symposium
Abstract: A focus on thriving in college has the potential to change the way we view student success and to shape the strategies we use to assist students. It shifts our attention from failure prevention to success promotion. As co-author of the Student Satisfaction Inventory, a nationally normed instrument used on more than 1,600 college and university campuses across the United States and Canada, Dr. Schreiner’s report on these national findings provides guidelines for faculty, and academic and student affairs professionals on emerging practices and interventions. The Symposium examines the construct of thriving as a measure used to understand student success over and above the traditional consideration of gender, ethnicity, generation status, high school grades and admission test scores. Stony Brook University respondents’ will provide their perspectives on SBU’s efforts in implementing these promising practices.
This Provost’s Lecture, co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the School of Social Welfare, will be held on Friday, April 5, at 9 am in the Student Activities Center, Ballroom B.