Imagine a world where prospective students select a campus based not just on degree programs but on the holistic experience it provides. Where college rankings incorporate safety, well-being, and inclusion. Where prevention drives academic performance, persistence, and career readiness. This is the world of higher education today, and this session will share revolutionary student success insights and innovative strategies for leveraging wellness to transform the future of student affairs and the communities we serve.
- Understand the needs / expectations of today’s learners, and the critical role of safety, well-being, and inclusion efforts on strategic student success outcomes (e.g., enrollment, engagement, academic performance, retention, career readiness, etc.)
- Apply research-based best practices and innovative new models to elevate the prioritization, visibility, and impact of their well-being strategy.
- Develop critical skills to effectively lead up, down, and across in engaging and navigating change with key stakeholders inside and outside of student affairs.
Head of Product and Impact, Education
Rob serves as Head of Product and Impact at Vector Solutions where he leads the Product and Impact teams in Education. He is an award-winning public health professional with deep expertise in leveraging social and behavioral science to solve the most pressing challenges facing campuses, companies, and communities. Rob has managed major projects as a researcher and consultant across sectors and has received state and national recognition for his work, including the 2009 Outstanding Prevention Educator award from the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault. He has authored peer-reviewed research on innovative public health initiatives, served as a keynote speaker at national and international conferences, and provided expert testimony on preventing workplace harassment and combating the opioid epidemic. Rob earned his master's degree in social and behavioral science and health communication from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Frank Shushok Jr.
VP, Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
As a scholar-practitioner, Frank Shushok is known for his profound commitment to student learning, his learning-centered leadership, his community-centered approach, his commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and his desire to help others reach their fullest potential. As Vice President for Student Affairs, Frank provides leadership and oversight for 25 departments with a budget of more than $164 million and a staff of more than 3,600 employees. In addition to his administrative responsibilities, Frank is an associate professor in the higher education graduate program and, from 2013-2018, served as executive editor of About Campus, a national magazine that promotes strengthening the student learning experience in higher education. As an educator, teacher, scholar, administrator, educational consultant, and researcher, Shushok is especially known for building effective, collaborative programs between student and academic affairs. He has led significant initiatives to provide holistic learning environments for students, including strengthening and expanding the university’s living-learning communities, introducing a positive psychology and strengths-based approach in student affairs programs, and implementing the Aspirations for Student Learning. Frank’s commitment to higher education has been nationally recognized. He was named a fellow of the American Council on Education, a Diamond Honoree by ACPA—College Student Educators International, and honored by the Association of College and University Housing Officers with its Research and Publication Award. As an avid supporter of strengths-based learning, he received the Chip Anderson Inspiration Award for significant contributions in advancing the strengths movement in higher education.