NASPA President Kevin Kruger Pushes for a “Relentless Focus on Student Success”
in His Opening Keynote for Connect 2017

Kevin Kruger speaking on stage at Connect 2017 Kevin Kruger, PhD, President of NASPA, on stage at Connect 2017

“How can we position student affairs to be most effective, given the new challenges that we’re facing?” On Tuesday, July 18, Dr. Kevin Kruger, President of NASPA, posed this question during his opening keynote for Campus Labs’ 2017 Connect Conference. Using sobering statistics and humorous anecdotes, he painted a colorful picture of the emerging landscape for U.S. higher education. The deepening emphasis on desirable skills for the evolving 21st-century job market will continue to shape today’s classroom and out-of-class learning experiences. Also, because of the growing number of first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color, campuses now have an opportunity to innovate new approaches to ensure a successful college journey for every student.

Urging attendees to embrace “a relentless focus on student success,” Dr. Kruger highlighted the value of a holistic perspective. Whether it’s academic proficiency, student involvement, financial assistance, or post-graduation success, every facet of the college experience should be taken into account and strategically supported. And although simply collecting more data won’t solve today’s challenges, a thoughtful use of data can play a critical role in advancing student engagement and success.

“I’m very grateful to Kevin for sharing his vision with our conference attendees,” said Annemieke Rice, Vice President, Campus Success. “The Campus Labs team is more motivated than ever to support our Member Campuses with the tools and data they need to respond to his charge. I’m confident that together, we can turn the challenges facing higher ed into opportunities for creative problem-solving and continued innovation.”

With record-breaking attendance – 402 professionals from more than 200 Member Campuses that currently use the Campus Labs® platform for student engagement – this year’s Connect surpassed all expectations. Held in downtown Dallas, the three-day conference covered all aspects of student engagement and featured more than 70 sessions led by Member Campus partners and Campus Success staff.