Creating the student-centered university


CORVALLIS, Ore. – A panel of speakers will discuss “Creating the Student-Centered University” at Oregon State University on Wednesday, Feb. 22.

The discussion is part of the university’s larger role as a member of the University Innovation Alliance, an 11-member organization that works to make a college degree a reality, particularly for first-generation college students or those with limited financial resources.

The event will be from 4-5 p.m. in the Learning Innovation Center, Room 128. It is free and open to the public, and an hour-long reception follows.

Tim Renick, vice president for enrollment management and student success at Georgia State University, will be a featured speaker. Supporting remarks will be made by OSU President Ed Ray; Susana Rivera-Mills, OSU vice provost and dean for undergraduate studies; and Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance.

The alliance is comprised of public research universities that span the country, and have committed to produce a total of 860,000 graduates by 2025. A primary focus is to redefine how universities operate, collaborate to improve academic outcomes and help all students achieve a quality college degree.

Renick, who was recently featured in the New York Times, will discuss the student success initiatives and innovative problem-solving approach that enabled his university, Georgia State, to substantially improve its graduation rates and eliminate achievement gaps based on students' race, ethnicity or income level.

As a principal investigator for a $9 million U.S. Department of Education grant, Renick is studying the impact of proactive, predictive, analytics-based advisement on 10,000 low-income and first-generation students. OSU is part of this multi-institutional project.

Burns is the founding executive director of the University Innovation Alliance, and previously served as an American Council on Education fellow at Arizona State University; chief of staff and senior policy advisor for the Oregon University System; and national associate with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education.  

Rivera-Mills has helped develop mentoring and leadership programs for faculty and students; community partnerships; student engagement and success strategies; advancing diversity at OSU and in higher education; internationalization; engaged research; and promoting equity and inclusion. As the executive liaison to the University Innovation Alliance, she oversees all of the collaborative initiatives from the alliance at OSU.

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About Oregon State University: As one of only two universities in the nation designated as a land, sea, space and sun grant, Oregon State serves Oregon and the world by working on today’s most pressing issues. Our more than 31,000 students come from across the globe, and our programs operate in every Oregon county. Oregon State receives more research funding than all of the state’s comprehensive public universities combined. At our campuses in Corvallis and Bend, marine research center in Newport and award-winning Ecampus, we excel at shaping today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders.