Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

September 21, 2017

Episode 9: Right From The Start

This episode of To A Degree explores strategies for improving the first year college experience. Guests include John Gardner, a founder of the first year reform movement; Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University; and Richard Sluder, vice provost of Middle Tennessee State University. Henderson and Sluder represent institutions that are members of AASCU’s Reimagining the Freshman Year.

Segment 1

John Gardner, the president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, recounts the origins and evolution of the movement geared toward improving the first year of college. Gardner describes his institute’s data-driven redesign plans, the development of a comprehensive plan for the freshman year, and the redesign of gateway courses.

Additional Resources:

Gateways to Completion Course Redesign Process

Foundations of Excellence® Transfer

Many Thousands Failed: A Wakeup Call to History Educators, American Historical Association’s Perspectives on History

Segment 2

Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University, and Richard Sluder, vice provost for Student Success at Middle Tennessee State University, discuss AASCU’s Reimagining the Freshman Year.

Additional Resources:

Student Resilience: How One Institution is Helping At-Risk Freshmen Seize a Second Chance

Quest for Student Success

A SMART Approach to Student Success

Guest Bios

John Gardner is president of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. He is also the founding executive director of the University of South Carolina’s University 101 Programs and the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition.

 

 

Sue Henderson, president of New Jersey City University (NJCU), has led several transformational initiatives, including creating the university’s School of Business, redeveloping the west campus, and ensuring NJCU is accessible and affordable.

 

 

 

Richard Sluder, vice provost for Student Success and dean of University College at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), leads the university’s Quest for Student Success. This includes transforming advising by integrating predictive analytics, course redesign and learner support initiatives.
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Moderator Bio

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.