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Student Success Institute

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives. SSI will help individuals lead and implement transformational change necessary to meet the evolving needs of today’s diverse student body.

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Prepare to lead transformational institutional change for student success. 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) provides the most current and relevant expertise on promising practices in student success, leadership, data and assessment, teaching and learning, and equity. Throughout the program, fellows have the opportunity to build a strong and supportive network of peers, learn from leading experts in the field, and develop a core set of critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. A key feature of the program is structured time and space to reflect on and advance one’s own student success plan with a small group of peers.

Who Should Participate

  • Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs with more than one year in their role 

How You’ll Benefit

  • Learn from leading experts in the field. Program speakers will include sitting presidents and experienced provosts, as well as national experts in areas such as leadership, student success, and data utilization.  
  • Develop critical skills necessary for leading institutional change. Fellows will learn about key leadership skills and have opportunities to practically apply them to their work via a student success plan. 
  • Build a strong and supportive network of peers. Throughout the program, there will be multiple opportunities for fellows to work together, in small groups and one-to-one settings, developing a group of trusted colleagues who can be called upon after the program is over.  
  • Have opportunities for reflection. Through guided discussions, short reflection prompts, small group discussions, and other activities, fellows will have valuable time to engage in thoughtful reflection about their own assumptions and practices. 
  • Build a portfolio of source material. Throughout the program, fellows will be given space and structure to collect and organize curricular materials to share at their institutions or to keep as reference following the conclusion of the program. 
what to expect
  • Student success is a key contributor to a more equitable society. Studies have shown that student success in college can increase economic mobility, reshape opportunities, and transform the lives of both students and their families.
  • There is empirical evidence that changing institutional practices and policies can increase student success outcomes and narrow achievement and opportunity gaps among all students.
  • Provosts are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.
  • Provosts are charged with overseeing the academic enterprise of an institution, while also building and managing effective relationships with their student affairs counterparts.
  • Academic and Student Affairs leaders are critical agents of the president or chancellor in transforming their institutions to achieve greater student outcomes.

Provosts, Associate/Vice Provosts, and Vice Presidents for Student Affairs who participate in the SSI will:

  • be able to assess and develop their leadership styles to more effectively drive positive change at their institutions. 
  • deepen their understanding of student success practices and further develop their skills to effectively implement promising practices. 
  • understand the specific roles data play and how to leverage data to increase and accelerate student success initiatives at their institutions. 
  • understand and be able to articulate the critical role of teaching and learning and supporting faculty development for equitable student success. 
  • critically reflect on their own implicit biases and build their skills to become equity conscious leaders. 

The 2023 SSI will take place from February 2023 to July 2023.

Programming will be delivered in a blended format, with in-person and virtual programming. Virtual programming will take place on select Fridays (exact dates TBD) between 2 and 4 p.m. ET. Workshops will be two hours in length and small group discussions will be one hour in length. In-person programming will not be livestreamed or otherwise recorded. One-hundred percent attendance and participation is expected.  

  • Program Onboarding (virtual): January 2023 
  • In-Person Meeting (Washington, D.C.): February 2023 
  • Virtual Workshops: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Virtual Small Group Discussions: March, April, and June 2023 
  • Closing gathering scheduled in conjunction with the AASCU 2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting (Baltimore, MD): July 18 and 19 2023 

Dates for future SSI cohorts are to be announced. 

In addition to the above meetings, all SSI participants will apply their learnings to a self-directed student success plan. 

  • Leadership 
  • Student Success 
  • Equity 
  • Data 
  • Teaching and Learning 

The Student Success Institute (SSI) is a leadership development program tailored to the  needs of campus leaders driving student success initiatives.  Participants include provosts, vice presidents of student affairs and others driving student success initiatives.  Participants must have at least one year in their current role.  

All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Nonmembers who are eligible will be allowed to register if space is available. Multiple participants working from the same institution are encouraged to participate together as they will work together to develop or refine the campus student success plan.

  • No formal application is required. Upon registration, participants will be asked to share their leadership and student success goals.
2023 Registration Fees
  • Participants from AASCU member institutions: $3,500
  • Participants from non-member institutions: $4,500 (admitted if space allows)
  • The registration fee covers program administration, meals during the in-person intensives, and all materials. Participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodation. 
  • Limited scholarships are available to accepted applicants from AASCU member institutions.

Participating in the SSI and having the opportunity to engage in such transformational discussions related to my leadership role at my university was an absolute pleasure. I found the subjects to be innovative, forward-thinking, and of extreme relevance to my work as the CAO. This initiative proved to be extremely valuable as I was able to expand my network and learn from the experiences of so many experts.

Maria Woodside-Oriakhi

Vice President of Academic Affairs
The University of The Bahamas

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Application Details

The registration period for SSI is now closed. Registration for future SSI cohorts will be announced. All eligible members will be admitted as space allows. Eligible nonmembers will be allowed to register if space is available. 

Application Requirements

  • Provost, associate/vice provost, or vice president for student affairs with at least one year of experience 
  • committed to advancing significantly better and more equitable outcomes for your students 

Important Dates

  • Applications for 2024 will open in Fall 2023.

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Teacher Education

AASCU supports our members as they prepare the teachers who prepare our students for success in college.

Our members train the P-12 teachers who equip future generations to succeed in college and careers. These vital educators face complex challenges, including school budget cuts, teacher shortages, low teaching salaries, and political pressure. AASCU members diligently work to develop teacher preparation programs that respond to these constraints as a core function of their mission to support an educated and engaged student body, community, and region.

Expand student success efforts by promoting effective teacher education.

AASCU supports member institutions in their efforts to offer high quality teacher education programs by working with partner organizations on a variety of policy-related issues, recognizing exemplary teacher education programs, and serving as a valuable resource for administrators and faculty members.

Strengthen teacher preparation.

Presidents and chancellors of AASCU institutions can advance teacher education programs at the national level by serving on the Committee on Teacher Education.

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Showcase your teacher education program.

The Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award honors exemplary teacher education programs at AASCU institutions.

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Get recommendations for improvement.

Drawing on a survey of AASCU presidents, provosts and education deans, the 2016 Teacher Education Task Force report identifies areas of focus for improving teacher education.

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Our members develop highly qualified teachers all students depend on to set them up for college success.



of undergraduate students from underrepresented groups, including those who go on to become teachers, are educated by AASCU institutions.


of public, four-year bachelor’s degrees in education are awarded by AASCU institutions each year.

51.4 million

students will enroll in public schools by 2026.

Join the AASCU Committee on Teacher Education.

The Committee on Teacher Education advises AASCU on programs, projects, and federal and state public policy initiatives needed to improve teacher education, and the committee advises member presidents on ways to strengthen campus programs and enhance their credibility with policymakers and the public.

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Apply to the Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award.

The Christa McAuliffe Excellence in Teacher Education Award recognizes programs that have done an exemplary job of using evidence of their graduates’ impact on P-12 learning outcomes to inform improvements to their pre-service preparation and professional development programs.

Celebrate the achievements of these Christa McAuliffe winners. 
2022 Teacher Education Award Winner

Trauma-Informed Practices with Equity in Teacher Education: TIP-Equity, Metropolitan State University of Denver (CO)

The Office of Education Solutions in Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver)’s School of Education works to ensure that trauma-informed practices (TIP) become so fundamental to educator preparation and school systems that future educators will not remember a time without them. 

To achieve this goal, the Office of Education Solutions partnered with a local non-profit, Resilient Futures, to build the capacity of current and future teachers to recognize and respond to trauma in school environments with children, build healing and equitable classrooms, and address secondary trauma in themselves and their coworkers. The initiative integrates TIP with a lens of equity into the total School of Education curriculum for pre-service teachers. It also supports pre-service and in-service teachers and schools in implementing TIP through in-person and virtual professional development. 

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2021 Teacher Education Award Winner

4+1 TEACH: An Extended Teacher Preparation Program

The 4+1 TEACH program allows eligible students interested in pursuing a career in education to earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree, as well as the Texas Teacher Certification, in only five years. It aims to recruit a diverse pool of teachers to serve at underprivileged schools in a three-year residency and beyond, ensuring SHSU is sending highly educated and well-prepared teachers into the most-needed areas in a timely manner.

In its first year, the program partnered with nine independent school districts. Now that has grown to 22 school districts.

The program also emphasizes intense mentorship, which creates an environment of support as students enter the workforce. Program residents each work with a site-based mentor that is a teacher on their campus and has at least three years of teaching experience.

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Read the Task Force on Teacher Education report.

AASCU’s 2016 Task Force on Teacher Education assessed the state of teacher education at member institutions, identified pockets of innovation and success in the field, and highlighted the vital role of presidents and provosts in strengthening and supporting the effectiveness of their programs for an increasingly diverse P-12 student body.

The report, Preparing Teachers in Today’s Challenging Context: Key Issues, Policy Directions, and Implications for Leaders of AASCU Universities, identified the following recommendations for institutions and public policy priorities for teacher education:

  1. Help educator preparation programs bolster clinical experiences for teacher candidates.
  2. Ensure teacher preparation programs have strong relationships with P-12 partners.
  3. Step up strategic recruitment into teacher preparation programs.
  4. Build stronger articulation agreements with community colleges.
  5. Help develop strategies to professionalize teacher education.

Federal Policies Regarding Teacher Preparation

  • Strengthen and fund high-quality clinical experiences and require their inclusion in all traditional teacher preparation programs and federally funded alternative programs.
  • Secure dedicated funding streams to support continuous improvement of university-based teacher preparation programs.
  • Ensure that any federally funded grant program supporting reform in teacher preparation programs requires a meaningful and sustained partnership with a high-need P-12 school district and a strong emphasis on clinical practice.
  • Support efforts to better align Title II of the Higher Education Act and Title II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to strengthen the recruitment, preservice preparation, induction and mentoring, and in-service professional development of P-12 teachers and school leaders.
  • Secure appropriations to assist states in meeting the updated teacher quality requirements set forth under the reauthorized Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Oppose federal efforts that infringe on academic judgment or state authority in the design and regulation of teacher preparation programs.

Accountability of Teacher Preparation Programs

  • Provide federal funds for research and evaluation of teacher preparation programs—including efforts to improve state P-20 data systems—such as through the linkage of teachers with student outcomes in order to inform and improve program performance, productivity and impact on student learning. Ensure that preparation programs have access to the data by which they are being evaluated.

Teacher Recruitment and Retention Strategies

  • Provide federal funds to increase the number of educators from underrepresented and nontraditional teaching populations through various incentive structures, including centers of excellence based at institutions of higher education.
  • Support service-payback models to recruit students who agree to teach in targeted school districts, especially schools that are difficult to staff or where salaries are not competitive with surrounding districts. While not without flaws, the TEACH Grant program is one such model.
  • Support loan forgiveness for teachers who work in high-need schools or teach in high-need subject areas.

State Policies Regarding Teacher Education

  • Build strong, meaningful partnerships between state and local education agencies and institutions of higher education to support teacher education; standards, curricula, and assessment alignment; and accountability.
  • Develop appropriate licensure standards on the basis of valid, reliable and objective data, and align assessment of teacher preparation programs with those standards.
  • Require all teacher candidates to complete and pass a performance assessment to demonstrate their readiness to effectively lead a classroom.
  • Evaluate all teacher preparation providers using the same standards.
Download the full report.
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“I couldn’t have had better student success thought partners than with the staff at AASCU. They know how to create community and safe spaces where my colleagues and I could talk openly and frankly about the challenges we face in our institutional transformation work, and they pushed my thinking and supported me as I developed new frameworks that I was struggling to articulate. My relationship with AASCU has enabled me to gain more confidence in myself as a student success leader, and they’ve lifted my work and the work of my colleagues up in so many impactful ways.”

Jonikka Charlton

Associate Provost of Student Success and Dean of University College
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

“The Frontier Set (FS) allowed several student success practitioners like me to find a community of like-minded individuals with the same interest in education. With the support of our intermediary at AASCU, we have become a student-center institution committed to the equitable improvement of the education of our students. The FS was not only an institutional transformational experience but also a personal one.”

Leo Pignatar

Executive Academic Officer of Student Success
City University of New York, College of Staten Island
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2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

Jul. 19-21, 2023

Baltimore, MD


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Student Success Equity Intensive Information Sessions

Mar. 24-Apr. 14, 2023

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Assessment and Evaluation as the Cornerstones for Continuous Improvement 

Feb. 28, 2023

2:00PM-3:00PM ET


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2022 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

Jul. 21-24, 2022

Portland, OR


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AASCU Expands Initiative to Close Equity Gaps for Students

The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) is among six national and regional organizations selected by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to execute a comprehensive multiyear initiative designed to help institutions close equity gaps for Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and low-income students.