Office of Student Success

North Foundation Hall Rm 157
318 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-4480
Fax: (248) 370-4485


Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference

2020 Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
February 27-28, 2020
Oakland University
Oakland Center
312 Meadow Brook Rd
Rochester, MI 

Asset-minded Practice: Reframing Student Success

This year’s theme focuses on student’s strengths, opportunities, and what they bring to our institutions in addition to the responsibilities that institutions have with reframing structures and systems that inhibit student success.  Using asset-minded practices as a tool to better support equity, institutions can ensure that every student is valued and has the opportunity to build upon the assets they already possess.  

It’s time to reframe student success to meet the needs of all students, aiming to showcase their potential in and outside the classroom, using a holistic approach.  This can be accomplished throughout all aspects of our institutions: from various teaching methods, opportunities for experiential learning, and course offerings to the numerous student organizations and connections at campus events that can enrich our students’ college experience--all of which add to creating a sense of belonging to the students on our campuses. 

Registration Fees
& Parking Information

July 18, 2019

October 18, 2019

January 31, 2020

February 14, 2020

Registration & Hotel Reservations Open

Presentation Proposal Deadline

Hotel Reservation block rate ends     

Online Registration Closes

Conference Registrations
Faculty and Staff


Oakland University Faculty and Staff$115
Graduate Students$55
Pre-conference Workshop$75 (Note this is a separate registration form)
**No refunds will be given after January 24, 2020.
**The registration form is for one person at a time per check-out. Bulk registrations are not available.


Wednesday, February 26

1:30p.m. - 4:30p.m.Pre-Conference Workshop
1:00p.m. - 6:00p.m.Check-in for either Pre-Conference Workshop or Conference
Thursday, February 27
7:30a.m. - 5:00p.m.Registration/Check-in
7:30a.m. - 8:45a.m.Networking Continental Breakfast
8:45a.m. - 9:00a.m.Welcome and Opening
9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.Keynote
10:00a.m. - 10:15a.m.Transition
10:15a.m. - 11:15a.m.Concurrent Session 1
11:15a.m. - 11:30a.m.Transition
11:30a.m. - 12:30p.m.Concurrent Session 2
12:30p.m. - 1:30p.m.Connecting Lunch
1:30p.m. - 2:30p.m.Concurrent Session 3
2:30p.m. - 2:45p.m.Transition
2:45p.m. - 3:45p.m.Concurrent Session 4
3:45p.m. - 4:00p.m.Transition
4:00p.m. - 5:00p.m.Complimentary Tours of Meadow Brook Hall Available
5:00p.m. - 8:00p.m.Opening Night Welcome Reception in the Oakland Center
Friday, February 28
8:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.Registration/Check-in
8:00a.m. - 8:45a.m.Continental Breakfast, Day 2 Welcome
8:45a.m. - 9:45a.m.Keynote
9:45a.m. - 10:00a.m.Transition
10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.Concurrent Session 5
11:00a.m. - 11:15a.m.Transition
11:15a.m. - 12:15p.m.Concurrent Session 6
12:15p.m. - 1:15p.m.Connecting Lunch & Closing Remarks

Photo of Cia Verschelden

Cia Verschelden

Cia Verschelden is the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Malcolm X College. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Institutional Assessment at University of Central Oklahoma. At UCO, she taught in sociology and in the first-year program; at Kansas State University, where she was on the faculty for 21 years, she taught social welfare and social policy, women’s studies, and nonviolence studies. Cia has a B.S. in psychology from Kansas State University, an M.S.W. from The University of Connecticut, and an Ed.D. from Harvard University. Her book, Bandwidth Recovery: Helping Students Reclaim Cognitive Resources Lost to Poverty, Racism, and Social Marginalization, was published in 2017.



The GLRSSC committee wishes to express their gratitude to The Kresge Foundation, as our main sponsor, and the following sponsors for their financial support and enthusiasm for this conference.