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The Provost’s Purview in Student Success

Provosts play an essential role in student success, both in the classroom and beyond. As the chief academic officers, how can they set academic policies and put in place a campus culture that best supports the needs of students?

A panel of experts will discuss the issue at our upcoming virtual forum, “The Provost’s Purview in Student Success,” the latest session in our ongoing series, Leadership for Student Success. Join us as provosts from different sectors of higher ed examine these questions:

  • How has the pandemic deepened the many challenges students are facing today, including mental-health concerns, and what role can a provost play in addressing them?
  • How are provosts working with deans and department heads to keep retention and graduation goals front and center during a time of uncertainty?
  • What academic policies have been developed in recent years to better support students?


  • Alexander C. Kafka, senior editor, The Chronicle
  • Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president, the University of Maryland—Baltimore County


  • Jay T. Akridge, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs and diversity, Purdue University
  • Gail F. Baker, vice president and provost, University of San Diego
  • Malou C. Harrison, executive vice president and provost, Miami Dade College
  • Arlene Rodriguez, interim provost and vice president of academic & student affairs, Middlesex Community College

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