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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 16, 2019 

Registration is now closed. If you are interested in registering onsite please email to verify there is space available.


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 Faculty to Include

  • Rebecca McQueen, Kentucky Wesleyan College 
  • Tamara Rury, University of New Hampshire
  • Molly Schaller, University of Dayton
  • Laurie Schreiner, Azusa Pacific University
  • Dallin George Young, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina



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Cancellation Policy

Cancellations on or before April 16, 2019, will have the registration fee refunded less a $100 administrative fee. A written request for refunds is required. Absolutely no refunds will be made after April 16, 2019. Please email your written request to In order to guarantee your registration to the institute, your fee payment must be in our office no later than April 16, 2019.