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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?

Registration will open Summer 2020

The Institute on Sophomore Student Success originally scheduled for April 20-22, 2020 has been rescheduled in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) travel concerns.


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

  • Vanessa Harris, Claflin University
  • Rebecca McQueen-Ruark, Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • Molly Schaller, Saint Louis University
  • 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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