Challenges in Higher Education: High-Impact Practices and the Success of First-Generation and Low-Income Students
Jennifer R. Keup, PhD, is director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina. Among the numerous roles of public higher education is to ensure access to opportunities with the potential to improve individuals’ lives and the quality of our communities. To that end, enhancing the success of those who are the first in their family to go to college and of those from low-income families, is a priority consistent with and representative of public universities’ mission.
Jennifer Keup provides leadership for all operational, strategic and scholarly activities of the Center in pursuit of its mission “to support and advance efforts to improve student learning and transitions into and through higher education.” In particular, Keup has developed significant expertise in high-impact practices and institutional interventions. As such, she is well-qualified to improve upon the Center’s successes with first-generation and low-income students, in the context of improving four-year graduation rates.
Joining Keup for the 20th Annual Leadership Symposium will be Sacha Kopp, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Stony Brook, and Timothy Ecklund, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at Stony Brook. Kopp and Ecklund will each respond to Keup’s presentation, after which the presenters will address questions from the Symposium audience.
This event will be held on Thursday, March 12, at 9:00 am in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. It is co-sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the School of Social Welfare. This year’s Leadership Symposium is also part of the Division for Student Affairs Professional Development Series.