Develop a deeper understanding of how leaders in higher education can work cross-functionally to remove obstacles affecting their students and learn to lead their institutions on a path toward equitable student success.
“Equitable student success” – or completion of a college or university course of study by all students, from all backgrounds – is a principal goal for institutions of higher learning. In order to make that vision a reality, leaders must learn to drive the process and align institutional staff, structures, and systems so that ensuring equitable student success becomes central to all areas of the institution.
To provide resources and guiding principles for these leaders, the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE) has introduced a new program, Leading for Student Success: An Institute for Leaders in Higher Education. By attending the on-campus institute, participants will learn to lead their institution’s change management process and bring stakeholders together to coalesce around achieving equitable student success. Ultimately, participants will leave with a concrete, institutional action plan that not only reflects their team’s understanding of equitable student success, but also provides a roadmap for achieving it.
Led by HGSE faculty, the three-day action-oriented institute offers participants the opportunity to increase their institution’s ability to ensure equitable student success by addressing three critical areas – leadership, research and data, and strategic finance. Specific activities include:
- Building a shared understanding of what equitable student success means at individual institutions and diagnosing obstacles that stand in the way of making it a reality
- Understanding capacity-development frameworks
- Developing a workable action plan that builds capacity for equitable student success and removes barriers to achieving these goals
- Analyzing case studies
- Taking part in change management small group breakout sessions
- Engaging in discussions around best practices to help institutions leverage existing resources and to ensure that success by all students, of all backgrounds remains at the center of all learning initiatives
- Networking opportunities with cohort members
- Develop a shared understanding among participating team members of how your institution achieves student success and equity
- Diagnose where your institution stands in its efforts to advance equitable student success and develop an action plan designed to achieve it
- Learn to cultivate a data-informed culture around student success that fosters more equitable outcomes for all students
- Understand the importance of organizational structures and the role these structures play in achieving equitable student success
- Learn to articulate the resource and budget needs to support success for all student populations