2019 Holistic Student Supports Institute

What does the ideal support experience look like for today's students?

Join over 300 colleagues from across the country working on tackling this opportunity at the premier working institute for holistic students supports. Whether your college is just beginning conversations on how to more holistically support your students or is deep into the implementation of addressing all student needs, this institute is your opportunity to harness the expertise of Achieving the Dream's diverse network of colleges and national experts working to design, implement, and assess a "whole college" approach to improving student outcomes.

New Experiences for 2019!
This year, we are offering two distinct experiences at the institute to best serve colleges in different places in their student support redesign:

1) HSS Exploration Experience

Further your understanding of the systemic components of a holistic approach to supporting students and learn best practices for planning and implementing your own student supports redesign. In addition to engaging presentations and workshops, this track offers structured peer learning opportunities, team working time, and the flexibility to work at your own pace with guidance available when needed.

This experience is for those who:

  • Are looking for fresh ideas to enhance the way you support your students.
  • Have been implementing student support reforms for years and are looking to their peers and national experts for the next phase of their redesign. 
  • Are attending as the sole from their institution.
  • Do not work at a college but want to engage in a valuable learning experience on supporting student success.

2) HSS Design Experience SOLD OUT!
Limited to the first 15 institutions.

Dive into an intensive, facilitated planning period focused on a specific redesign or problem you would like to tackle. In addition to engaging presentations and workshops, this track provides you with plenty of team working time along with the structure, guidance, and resources needed for you to leave with a strong plan for implementing the solution(s) you identify.

This experience is for those who:

  • Are looking for an in-depth support in tackling a specific  problem or redesign.
  • Want to learn a valuable process for solving complex problems with equity at the center of your solutions (our student-centered  design process).
  • Want input and advice from an expert coach before and after the institute.
  • Are working to design a student support approach that center equity for your students
  • Are willing to commit to send a team of at least 5 individuals, including one senior decision-maker, and complete the pre-work required to maximize your time with us. 

Contact Us

Unsure of which track you should attend? We are happy to schedule a consultation call to help you determine which experience is right for your institution. Contact: Julia Lawton, Director of Holistic Student Supports, at jlawton@achievingthedream.org

Register now!
Our first two institutes in 2017 and 2018 sold out quickly. We encourage you to register early. Please be sure to register with your own email address (not solely an assistant's email) to receive the institute pre-work and receive your facilitator assignments.


From the 2018 Institute...

Nine out of ten participants would recommend the institute to a peer institution.

92% of respondents left with action-oriented ideas for how to execute their student support redesign on campus.

96% of respondents indicated the institute met their expectations either Extremely or Very Well.

Here's what last year's attendees had to say:

"The working sessions with our facilitators was the perfect time to reflect and begin to include ideas that were exposed to from the other sessions. Our facilitators were excellent and kept us on task and weren't afraid to challenge us. We are now in the middle of implementing ideas discussed in the these sessions to our entire campus."

"Really enjoyed networking with colleagues from other states and learning about their successful initiatives."

"I had heard about many of the initiatives in a piecemeal fashion, but this institute brought it all together for me!"

"Our facilitators were amazing in helping us sort out our thoughts and ideas."

Who Should Attend?

We strongly encourage college teams comprised of individuals empowered to and/or interested in pursuing a more equitable, holistic support experience for their students. This may include: Senior and mid-level administrators, including academic and student affairs, finance and administrative leaders, and others who can champion this work at the executive level; Student support staff, including advisors/counselors, coaches, mentors, financial aid staff, librarians, etc; Diversity officers; Faculty; Institutional research and technology; Student life staff; Individuals with diverse perspectives and experiences. Teams of four or more registered at the same time will receive a 10% discount.The institute is open to all four year-and two-year colleges and universities, including colleges outside of the Achieving the Dream Network.

Registration Fees and Discount 

ATD Colleges: $685 per attendee for HSS Exploration; $785 for HSS Design Experience.   A 10% discount is available to institutions that register a team of four or more attendees (automatically added at checkout when registering four people at the same time). Click here to see if your institution is an ATD College.

Non-ATD Colleges: $875 per attendee.for HSS Exploration; $995 for HSS Design Experience.  A 10% discount is available to institutions that register a team of four or more attendees (automatically added at checkout when registering four people at the same time).

Practitioner Fellowship Sponsored by Ascendium Education Group: Apply for Financial Support

If financial constraints are hampering your ability to attend this institute, consider applying for a Practitioner Fellowship sponsored by Ascendium Education Group through this survey The fellowship  is primarily designed to support smaller, rural colleges with large percentages of Pell eligible students.

Sponsorship Opportunities
If you are interested in learning how your organization can participate in the institute, please contact Khalisa Jacobs at kjacobs@achievingthedream.org
or call 240-450-3815. 


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Registration Closed

Event Starts:
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Event Ends:
Friday, October 4, 2019

Hilton Chicago/Oak Brook Hills Resort & Conference Center
Oak Brook, Illinois

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