Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

November 14, 2018

Episode 24: Reimagining the First Year and Beyond

From the 2018 American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Annual Meeting, “Reimagining the First Year and Beyond” explores the AASCU initiative to reimagine the undergraduate college experience – from start to finish – to improve student success. Guests include university presidents Franklin Gilliam, Richard Davenport, Eduardo Ochoa and Susan Sciame-Giesecke.

Additional Resources

Ask Deloitte About: Closing the attainment gap in higher education

UNCG Featured In Chronicle Of Higher Education For Efforts To Close Achievement Gap

Undergraduate Integrated Advising Model Concept Proposal 

Visual of the UIAM Model

Minnesota State Mankato: We Are Minnesota

Otter Promise

California State University Monterey Bay Promise

Holistic Wellness & Integrative Learning Paradigm

“The IU Kokomo Experience and You: It’s your future, so we’re giving you the KEY.”

“IU Kokomo uses research to re-imagine first year of college” by Mark Canada

Guest Bios

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in September 2015. He previously served as Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs and Professor of Public Policy and Political Science.



Richard Davenport is in his seventeenth year as president of Minnesota State University, Mankato. Under his leadership, the MSUM branded itself “the Big Ideas and Real-World Thinking University,” generating solutions for the problems facing the state, nation, and world.



Since becoming president of Cal State, Monterey Bay in 2012, Eduardo Ochoa has focused attention on raising retention and graduation rates and responding to regional educational needs. Previously, he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Sonoma State University and assistant secretary for postsecondary education in the US Department of Education.



Susan Sciame-Giesecke is the seventh chancellor of Indiana University Kokomo and a strong advocate for the importance of higher education as a benefit to everyone. Under her leadership, the campus has seen record enrollment and graduation rates and launched new degree and student success programs.



Casey Green

Casey Green, the moderator and co-producer of To A Degree, is the founding director of The Campus Computing Project, the largest continuing study of eLearning and information technology in American higher education. Check out his blog, Digital Tweed, and follow him on Twitter at @DigitalTweed.



To A Degree is produced for the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation by G2 Education. Jinny Goldstein, the co-founder of G2Ed, is the executive producer of To A Degree.