Monday, March 26, 2018

Educators Gather for a Day Focused on Student Success

On Feb. 26, the University of California, Santa Cruz, a 2017 Social Mobility Innovator, hosted a symposium on equity and social mobility through higher education. Leaders in higher education came together to share and explore data-driven best practices to support student success.

The full-day program included keynote addresses by UC Santa Cruz Professor Chris Benner, UC Davis Professor Marco Molinaro, and CollegeNET CEO Jim Wolfston, in addition to panel discussions, and individual presentations by:

      Debra Griffith, Associate Vice President for Transition and Retention Services, San Jose State
      Rebecca London, Assistant Professor, Sociology, UC Santa Cruz
      Pablo Reguerín, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Achievement and Equity Innovation, UC Santa Cruz
      Rebecca Covarrubias, Assistant Professor, Psychology, UC Santa Cruz

The UC Santa Cruz symposium was co-sponsored by CollegeNET, Inc., developers of the Social Mobility Index (SMI), a data driven ranking that evaluates US colleges and university according to how well they perform at admitting and supporting the success of economically disadvantaged students. For more information about the SMI and the 2017 SMI rankings, visit

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Celebrating Social Mobility through Higher Education

The University of California, Irvine, a 2017 Social Mobility Innovator, recently hosted a symposium on facilitating social mobility in higher education. The symposium featured panels of faculty experts, practitioners, and UCI students and alumni discussing the importance of social mobility in defining student success in higher education.

Dr. Michael Dennin, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning
and Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education at UCI

UCI Students and Alumni

Attendees applauded the speakers and panelists both at the symposium and in the Twittersphere.