By GREGORY ZELLER //
A regional institution known for supporting its students is partnering with a global higher-education publication on a forum designed to improve universal student success.
The New York Institute of Technology is the “host sponsor” for the 2019 Times Higher Education U.S. Student Success Forum, a two-day conference of education experts and university leaders focused on new ideas and initiatives for improving student outcomes.
Such matters are par for the course at Times Higher Education, a London-based news agency and analytics expert dedicated to tracking university-level excellence around the globe. After nearly five decades on the job, the international consultancy – which annually produces some of the most comprehensive and prestigious college-ranking lists (more on that below) – is recognized as a leading provider of higher-education data.
In that mission, New York Institute of Technology President Henry Foley sees a like-minded partner for NYIT, where considerable resources – educational, financial and otherwise – are dedicated to grooming successful students.
“Whereas a successful student experience clearly demonstrates the positive force that higher education plays in producing skilled and accomplished graduates, a failed experience can lead to regrettable results,” Foley told Innovate LI. “Students burdened with financial-aid debt and no career prospects may be worse off than if they had not attended college in the first place.”
Enter THE and its annual Student Success Forum, both dedicated to helping colleges and universities improve the student experience and, by extension, student performance.
The forum includes a multitude of informative breakaway sessions meant to update participants on global developments, including Asian and Australian university summits, an Innovation & Impact Summit and a Young Universities Summit, as well as a “Branding Solutions Master Class” – designed to help schools burnish their global reputations – and a Wednesday evening reception with THE Editor John Gill and The Wall Street Journal Editor in Chief Matt Murray.
The two-day New York City event also features a bifurcated main event, starting with the official unveiling of The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings 2020 on Wednesday. The national rankings focus on “the metrics that matter to students, parents and policymakers,” creating “an indispensable guide to U.S. higher education,” according to THE.
Then, on Thursday, the all-day Enabling Student Success forum takes over the NYIT Auditorium on Broadway, featuring “some of the most respected and influential higher-education leaders in the [nation],” according to THE, all dissecting how institutions can foster student resilience against the demands of college life – with a particular focus on students in the celebrated STEM fields.
That focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics makes NYIT an ideal partner and natural host for the 2019 U.S. Student Success Forum, noted Nada Anid, NYIT’s vice president for strategic communications and external affairs, who senses key opportunities not only for individual students but for entire economies.
“We will host some of the greatest minds and most accomplished leaders in higher education as they share their successes and discuss the critical need for improving and accelerating STEM education to address our country’s workforce demands and shortages,” Anid said. “New York Institute of Technology is uniquely situated and suited to empower student success in the STEM disciplines.”
And that includes providing resources beyond the laboratory and lecture hall – a notion quite familiar to THE, according to Foley, and to the myriad sponsors of the Student Success Forum.
“As education professionals, it is our responsibility – in a civil and compassionate society – to do all that we can to ensure that students find success throughout their college years,” the NYIT president added. “And beyond.”