Successful students

The Student Success Summit brings together university scholars, practitioners, administrators, and students to share and unpack strategies that promote student retention, persistence, graduation, and general success while at Michigan Tech. We reaffirm the idea that student success is a collective and collaborative institutional responsibility.

Student Success Summit

This year’s inaugural summit will help MTU faculty and staff develop an understanding of change leadership based on Elrod, Kezar and Gonzalez’s Change Leadership Model. We will also address how we can identify levers for change that can be used in conjunction with leadership actions to create a collective plan for meeting our goals for student success.

The summit is an initiative led by Student Affairs and in collaboration with the Provost’s Office.

Inaugural Presenter and Facilitator

Dr. Susan Elrod

Dr. Susan Elrod

Chancellor of Indiana University South Bend

Dr. Elrod is our presenter and facilitator for the inaugural summit. She serves as the sixth chancellor of Indiana University South Bend. Dr. Elrod is also a nationally recognized leader and scholar in higher education leadership and systemic change.

She has over 20 publications on topics ranging from undergraduate research and to systemic change and leadership, as well as several scientific publications and patents, including her recent book with colleagues on shared leadership in higher education. Chancellor Elrod holds a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from California State University, Chico. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Novozymes, Inc. in Davis, CA and was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in January 2020.

Participant Learning Outcomes

Here is a listing of potential participant learning outcomes:

  • Identify promising practices from research that promote student success in a STEM context
  • Promote and explain practices that have demonstrated positive impact on student success
  • Demonstrate knowledge of university’s student success framework, aspirations, and expectations as articulated by university leadership
  • Identify university metrics for measuring student success
  • Create department- or college-level metrics aligned with university metrics for measuring student success

Targeted Audience

The inaugural summit is for Michigan Tech participants. A limited number of delegates from the following areas are invited to attend. Space is limited to 70 delegates.

  • Academic Advising
  • Athletics
  • Enrollment
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Colleges (deans, faculty, chairs, program coordinators, etc.)
  • Graduate School
  • Graduate Student Government
  • Institutional Research
  • Office of the Registrar
  • President’s Office
  • Provost’s Office
  • Student Affairs
  • Undergraduate Student Government
  • Underrepresented minority students (URMs)
  • University Library
  • University Senate

Thank You to Our Sponsors

We are very grateful to the following sponsors for their kindness, financial support, and