SERU Research Symposium: Exploring Post-Collegiate Outcomes
Meeting/Symposium | June 19–20, 2018 | University of Minnesota
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Sponsors:  Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of Minnesota

The 2018 SERU Research Symposium and Business Meeting
Minneapolis, MN

June 19th and 20th, 2018

The University of Minnesota and the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC-Berkeley invites representatives from SERU participating institutions to join us for the 2018 SERU Research Symposium in Minneapolis, MN.

This year’s symposium is organized around the theme of transitions. Consortium transitions as we explore opportunities to expand our membership base. Research transitions as we expand our survey instruments to examine the graduate and professional student experiences. Student transitions as we explore how SERU can help inform our understandings of the post-collegiate outcomes of both undergraduate and graduate students.

We invite representatives from SERU Consortium campuses and prospective campuses to join us in Minneapolis!


Monday, June 18, 2018
4:00 – 5:30 SERU-AAU/R1 Consortium Board Meeting

DAY 1 TUESDAY, JUNE 19, 2018
8:00 – 10:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast

Pre-Symposium Business Meetings
8:45 am-10:45           AAU/R1 Business Meeting   
10:00 am-11:00         SERU-I Business Meeting
11:00 am-12:30         Joint SERU AAU/R1 and International Meeting – gradSERU Planning                
2:30-1:30                   Joint SERU AAU/R1 and International Lunch

1:30-1:45      Welcome and Introductions

Ron Huesman (SERU-AAU/R1 Managing Director, University of Minnesota) John Douglass (CSHE Senior Research Fellow - SERU Berkeley Founding PI)

1:45-2:00      The Next Frontier – Understanding the Postgraduate Outcomes Race at SERU Campuses – Ron Huesman (SERU-AAU/R1 Managing Director, University of Minnesota)

2:00-3:00      Gauging Postgraduate Outcomes – Current Research

Chair Peter Radcliffe (Director of Undergraduate Analytics, University of Minnesota)

      • Case Example California: Engagement Indicators and Salary Outcome of UC Students – Tongshan Chang (University of California Office of the President and SERU Senior Research Associate)
      • Case Example Russia: Does First-Year Experience Matter for Graduation at HSE University Moscow? – Igor Chirikov (SERU-International Managing Director, Higher School of Economics- Moscow)
      • Discussion

3:00-3:45      Break

3:45 - 5:00    Gauging Postgraduate Outcomes – Current Research (continued)

Chair Diane Beaudoin (Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness, Purdue University)

      • Case Example Texas: Seek UT as a Consumer Guide - Cassandre Alvarado (Director of Student Success and Graduation Initiatives, University of Texas)
      • Case Example AAU: Tracking PhD outcomes at Five Years Methods and Data – William Greenland (Assistant Vice President for Institutional Analysis, University of Chicago)
      • Discussion

6:30 pm         SERU-International Dinner (invited SERU-I campus representatives)
                      SERU-Dinner Groups (signups available at <-shortlink)


9:00-9:10      Summary of Day 1
9:10-10:30    KEYNOTE - What We Know About Civic Engagement and Outcomes – Andrew Furco (Associate Vice President for Public Engagement, University of Minnesota)
10:30-10:45  Break
10:45-11:30  Exploring a SERU Research Agenda on Post-Graduate Outcomes

Chair Steven Brint (SERU Principal Researcher, Professor Sociology UC Riverside)

      • Presentation and Moderator: Krista Soria (SERU Representative UMN and CSHE Research Associate)
      • Discussion 

11:30-12:15  The Impact of America’s Public Research Universities: Results of the Lincoln Project – Charlie Eaton (Sociology - University of California Merced)

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch

1:30-2:45      Initial Findings and Use of the gradSERU Survey

Chair Gregg Thomson (SERU Principal Researcher, Director of Institutional Research St. Mary’s College)

      • AAU-R1 Universities - Daniel White-Jones (gradSERU Research Development Director, Office of Institutional Research - University of Minnesota and CSHE Research Associate)
      • Uses of gradSERU Data at the University of Minnesota – Scott Lanyon (Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, University of Minnesota)
      • Discussion

2:45-3:45      An International Comparative Discussion on the Student Experience and Learning Outcomes

Chair Igor Chirikov (SERU-International Managing Director, HSE-Moscow)

      • Pam Thorburn (Director Student Academic Services, Victoria University of Wellington)
      • Wajima Yuichiro (Associate Professor, Osaka University)

3:45-4:00        Update on Next SERU Events and Activities

Meetings and Symposium at
Coffman Union BuildingCoffman Memorial Union
300 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Special rate accommodations at
The Graduate Hotel
615 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
To register for a room: 
Call 612-379-8888, press 1 and ask for Reservations. 
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Event Contact:  Bob Utke, Associate to the SERU Consortium, Office of Institutional Research - University of Minnesota,, (612) 626-7682

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