2013 AACRAO
Strategic Enrollment Management Conference


Tricia Seifert

Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Tuesday Morning Plenary Presenter

Tuesday, November 12 – 7:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.


Tricia Seifert is an Assistant Professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and is the primary investigator on the “Supporting Student Success” study, which examines stakeholder groups’ (students, staff, faculty and senior leaders) perceptions regarding how their campus supports student success from organizational and cultural levels. Dr. Seifert has received funding from the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Innovation, the Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, and the Connaught New Researcher program at the University of Toronto. Her research team blogs about the findings and implications for practice from the Supporting Student Success study at www.supportingstudentsuccess.wordpress.com and can be followed on Twitter @CdnStdntSuccess.

Seifert’s recent publications include Supporting Student Success: The Role of Student Services Within Ontario’s Postsecondary Institutions (2011) and an edited monograph for New Directions in Institutional Research titled, Longitudinal Assessment for Institutional Improvement (2010).

Seifert uses a mixed methodological approach to much of her research and teaches courses in quantitative research methodology and student affairs administration. Her research has been published in the Journal of College Student Development, Research in Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education. Seifert serves on the editorial boards of Sociology of Education and is the Associate Editor for New Directions in Institutional Research.

Seifert earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science with honors from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in College Student Services Administration from Oregon State University, and her Ph.D. in Student Affairs Administration and Research from the University of Iowa. In 2010, she was named an Emerging Scholar by the American College Personnel Association. 


The Alpha and Omega of SEM: Supporting Student Success

Supporting student success is both part of the origin and future of SEM. When institutions create programs, policies and practices that help students meet their personal and academic goals, students are more likely to persist to graduation. More importantly, students who meet their personal and academic goals and have been supported in this pursuit are more likely to have had a student learning experience that has left an indelible imprint – one which manifests in supporting the institution and its future students as a dedicated alumnus.  Dr. Seifert will share findings from the “Supporting Student Success” research study which examines stakeholder groups’ (students, staff, faculty and senior leaders) perceptions regarding how their campus supports student success from organizational and cultural levels. She will invite the audience to reflect on the study’s results in light of their institutional organizational structures and cultures and consider how these findings may inform institutional efforts to support student success on their own campuses.