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National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition

Sophomore Institute

Institute on Sophomore Student Success

Sophomore students have typically been the overlooked "middle-children" in higher education. With increasing awareness of second-year struggles, what resources and support can be provided to stabilize the sophomore year?

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Registration Deadline: April 9, 2020


The Institute on Sophomore Student Success will allow attendees the opportunity to examine trends and practices connected to building a comprehensive and intentional approach to ensure the success of sophomore students. Individual sessions are designed to build on one another so that participants leave with a personalized action plan for use on their home campuses. Institute faculty will employ group work, problem solving, case studies, discussion, and other active strategies to engage participants in learning.

Featured Topics 

  • Defining the sophomore-year experience
  • Understanding sophomore student needs and the factors that contribute to second-year success
  • A comprehensive institutional approach to sophomore success, including curricular and cocurricular initiatives
  • Strategizing to gain institutional support for sophomore programs
  • Defining the role of faculty in sophomore student success
  • Assessing second-year programs 

Institute Venue

University of South Carolina Alumni Center
900 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Institute Accommodations

Hampton Inn Columbia - Downtown Historic District 
822 Gervais Street
Columbia, SC 29201                                                                                     

 Phone: 803-231-2000 
Online Reservations

A block of rooms has been reserved at Hampton Inn Columbia - Downtown Historic District at a special rate of $145 single/double occupancy plus tax. Reservations made by 5 p.m. EST on March 20, 2020, will qualify for the special rate. After this date and/or the room block is filled, reservations are accepted on a space-available basis and may not be available at the conference rate. If you are not using the below link to make reservations, please specify "NRC" when making reservations.

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