Inspiring conversations with faculty, researchers, and other higher education experts who are introducing new and innovative ways of addressing retention, equity, and student success.
Fostering Engagement & Belonging at a Large Public University
Dr. Nancy Hutchins from Texas A&M University joins us to talk about the importance of building relationships and fostering a sense of belonging on a large campus where it’s easy to get lost. She shares how her team is giving students confidence to take initiative and find areas in which they can grow and engage in order to be successful. We also discuss how to support first-generation students and transfer students as they transition into a large university.
Nancy currently serves as Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Diversity & Inclusion at Texas A&M Mays Business School.
Emotional Intelligence, Mathematic Success, and Transfer Student Outcomes with Dr. Tyra Madison
Dr. Tyra Madison from Miami Dade College shares about the college's leading practices for combining mathematic success and emotional intelligence to improve student outcomes. Dr. Madison also shares her intriguing research on the impacts of transfer and articulation policies on transfer student graduation rates. Tyra currently serves as the Grant Academic Manager for Opening the Gateways: Mathematics Success and Emotional Intelligence—a Title V grant at Miami Dade College.
Engaging Women Overcomers in Business & Higher Education with Dr. Shannon Deer
Dr. Shannon Deer from Texas A&M shares her research on how businesses and higher education institutions can help women facing major social challenges, such as incarceration, poverty, addiction, or engagement in the sex trade. She discusses the skills and abilities unique to women overcomers and how their resilience and motivation can positively impact generations to come. Dr. Deer currently serves as the Interim Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at Texas A&M Mays Business School.
Also in this episode, Shannon shares insights from her and Cheryl Miller’s book, "Business Doing Good: Engaging Women and Elevating Communities.” You can find their book on Amazon or their website businessdoinggood.org.
HBCUs and Student Success with Mortenous Johnson
Mortenous Johnson, TRIO Director at Central State University, shares how an HBCU is engaging students and their families to help shape first-generation student success. Mortenous shares how servant leadership plays a role in aligning the university faculty and staff to help improve student outcomes. We also discuss how the university is helping families understand the bigger picture of the investment in a college education.
Innovation for Student Career Preparation Success with Arthur Ortiz
Arthur Ortiz shares how a diverse inner-city private university is preparing students for workplace success and addressing the growing post-traditional student population. We discuss his new and innovative practices for improving student success from enrollment to graduation. We also talk about how his university is partnering with corporations to help open doors for students looking to gain work experience, explore career paths, and pursue a meaningful career after graduation.
Arthur Ortiz is the VP of Enrollment & Student Engagement at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX.
Mitigating Institutional Barriers with Dr. Joisanne Rodgers
Dr. Joisanne Rodgers shares her research on the importance mitigating institutional barriers and its impact on student success among post-traditional students at a public university. Hear how Success Coaches are effectively addressing institutional barriers with the goal of improving retention and graduation success.