Student Success Summit


Student Success summit

success & you @ WMU | Spring 2018


March 7, 2018 | 12 - 4:30pm -- lunch will be served
Bernhard Center South Ballroom

Broncos FIRST is excited to support the campus launch of one of WMU's Transformational Initiatives, Success @ WMU! Join us for an afternoon of networking and facilitated discussion as we move to increase student success and retention in a collaborative way.  In addition to a featured panel presentation, attendees will participate in interest-based discussion groups facilitated by our panelists. These include:

                •   Academic Engagement 
                •   Peer Mentoring
                •   Black Male Student Retention
                •   Mental Health 

With Opening Remarks by Interim Provost Dr. Sue Stapleton and Closing Remarks by President Edward Montgomery

Meet our panelists: 

Betsy Barefoot 

Senior Fellow, John Gardner Institute

Betsy Barefoot specializes in evaluative instrumentation for student success programs, traveling across the United States to conduct seminars to share her wealth of information. Currently working with the Gardner Institute, Barefoot assists colleges and universities in implementing high-quality first-year experience programs. 
Learn more about her work at the Gardner Institute!




Phaedra White Abbott

Director, Discovery Scholars Program, University of Texas at Austin

Phaedra White Abbott provides senior leadership to the Discovery Scholars program, one of several learning communities at The University of Texas Austin. This community is a part of an Association of Public Land Grant University (APLU) nominated framework of peer mentorship for student retention. Her passion for improvement of the student experience is evident in her work and is what brings her to WMU for the Student Success Summit. 
Learn more about Phaedra and the Discovery Scholars Program!



Robert Simmons III

President, Service Year Alliance

Formerly Vice President of Strategy & Innovation for the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Simmons is a nationally recognized scholar on issues of diversity and equity in higher education and K-12 and proud WMU alum. He brings decades of research and practice in both STEM education and Black male student retention. 
Learn about Simmons and his work!





Margaret Price

Program Director & Associate Professor, Disability Studies & English, The Ohio State University

Price's research interests, rhetoric and composition, include discourse analysis, disability studies, and digital composition.  Her book Mad at School: Rhetorics of Mental Disability and Academic Life (University of Michigan Press, 2011) won the 2013 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Price is known for her unique approach to looking at student disability services. 
Learn more about Margaret's approach!




The event is free, but space is limited. Please click here to register! In order to attend you must register by Monday, March 5, 2018.


This event is sponsored by Success@WMU and Broncos FIRST, a grant administered by the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE). If you have any questions please e-mail the Broncos FIRST team by clicking here or give us a call at (269) 387-1707.