Stratetic Enrollment Management Conference

Josh Jarrett

Fellow, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Closing Plenary Presenter
Wednesday, November 13 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

As a Fellow for Postsecondary Success at the Gates Foundation, Josh Jarrett leads the Next Generation Models portfolio, which supports learning innovations and technologies with the potential to dramatically increase low-income student success and improve affordability.  Investment areas include interactive courseware and tools, diagnostic assessments, integrated planning and advising systems, and breakthrough delivery models.  Jarrett has been with the foundation for seven years.

Prior to the foundation, Jarrett served as an Engagement Manger in McKinsey & Company’s Social Sector Practice, leading nonprofit organizations on issues of strategy, operations and organization. In particular, his work focused on charter school expansion, adolescent health services, and the effectiveness of foundation grantmaking. Prior to McKinsey & Company, he served as an entrepreneur, helping to launch a customer service software company, and as business planning consultant in the National Park Service.

Jarrett is a graduate of Dartmouth College and he holds a graduate degree in business from the Harvard Business School.

Extending SEM Into Integrated Planning and Advising Services: Helping Students Get On – And Stay On – Track

Around the country, colleges and universities are moving toward the next generation of integrated planning and advising services to boost student success and better manage limited resources. These pioneering institutions are creating a “first contact through completion” view of the student so that counselors, faculty, and students can enhance and streamline course advising, course selection, course registration, tracking of student progress, and targeting of support services. This often requires the combination of new technology, process redesign, cross-silo coordination, and, oftentimes, cultural change to implement successfully. When done well, these efforts promote shared ownership of student progress towards educational goals and provide all stakeholders—students, faculty, staff, and administrators—with access to accurate and timely student-focused information.
This session will examine the latest trends in integrated planning and advising services, highlight a handful of early successes, and share initial findings from a Gates Foundation initiative to accelerate the development of vendor solutions and institutional implementations.