It is Possible: Closing the Degree Completion Gaps at Georgia State University

Senior Vice President for Student Success, Professor of Religious Studies

Since 2008, Dr. Timothy Renick has led strategies, initiatives and programs that have established Georgia State as an internationally recognized leader in student success and enrollment efforts. Under Dr. Renick’s leadership, Georgia State has produced one of the fastest growing graduation rates in the nation and has eliminated achievement gaps based on students’ race, ethnicity and income levels.Dr. Renick was named one of 2016’s Most Innovative People in Higher Education by Washington Monthly, was the recipient of the 2015-16 Award for National Leadership in Student Success Innovation and was awarded the 2018 McGraw Prize in Higher Education.

Georgia State University, through its innovative use of data, student advising redesign and other institution-wide initiatives, is widely regarded for improved college graduation outcomes among students of color, first generation students, and low-income students. With a specific focus on equity, Georgia State University is an example of how colleges and universities can, through focusing on students and removing barriers to their success, eliminate persistent degree attainment gaps across racial and socioeconomic lines. Come hear about the much lauded success of GSU from one of the primary architects of this turnaround, GSU’s Senior Vice President of Student Success Dr. Tim Renick.


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