Addressing Gaps and Barriers in the UT Student Experience: Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success

November 10 & 11, 2022

Drury Plaza Inn Nashville Downtown
300 Korean Veterans Blvd, Nashville, TN 37201



Campus leaders from across the UT System will meet on Thursday, Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. CDT and Friday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to noon CDT to discuss student success within the UT System and how to strategically improve student outcomes. The chief academic and student affairs officers on your campus would like you to be among a select group of individuals invited to participate in this year’s event.



To register for this year’s event and provide your preferred cost center, please click below. Registration will remain open until Thursday, Nov.3. The cost to attend is $15.


2022 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Bridget Burns

Bridget Burns

As a trusted advisor to university presidents and policymakers, Dr. Bridget Burns is on a mission to transform the way institutions think about and take action on behalf of low-income, first generation, and students of color. She is the founding CEO of the University Innovation Alliance, a multi-campus laboratory for student success innovation that helps university leaders dramatically accelerate the implementation of scalable solutions to increase the number and diversity of college graduates.

Named one of the “16 Most Innovative People in Higher Education” by Washington Monthly magazine, Dr. Burns has helped the UIA campuses increase their low-income graduates by 46%, and increase graduates of color by 85% since 2014. Bridget was also recognized by Diverse Issues as one of “35 Leading Women in Higher Education” in 2020. Her work has been highlighted in national outlets like The New York Times, Fast Company, 60 Minutes, and was featured in the documentary “Unlikely.”

Dr. Jorge Pérez

Jorge Pérez

Dr. Jorge Pérez, associate vice president for institutional effectiveness, joined the UT System in 2018 after twenty years at Kennesaw State University, where he was vice provost for institutional effectiveness, SACSCOC accreditation liaison, and professor of information systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in information systems from Florida State University. Digital literacy is the focus of his current research.

The recipient of a prestigious American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, Jorge spent the 2013 academic year in Boston analyzing the strategic plans of constituents of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Atlanta Council on International Relations; he has served on the boards of the Informing Science Institute, Latin American Association, and Atlanta Electronic Commerce Forum. Jorge has industry experience as a systems analyst, web developer, and consultant. He was inducted into the PhD Project Hall of Fame in 2019.

Jorge is an Ironman Lake Placid finisher who enjoys running, cycling, teaching spin classes, and hiking with his rescue pit bull, Murphy.


The hotel block for this event at the Drury Plaza is now full. You may call the hotel and book a room; however, you may not receive the conference rate. A second option is to stay at a nearby hotel.

Here are a few options to consider:

  • Hilton Nashville Airport (4.68 mi): $168
  • Springhill Suites by Marriott (0.13 mi): $209
  • Hutton Hotel (1.34 mi): $234
  • Home2 Suites Nashville Vanderbilt (1.24 mi): $209
  • Courtyard Nashville Vanderbilt/West End (1.39 mi): $199
  • Holiday Inn Vanderbilt Downtown (2.26 mi): $169



To view the Academic Affairs and Student Success 2022 event schedule, please click the link below.

View 2022 Summit Schedule


Restaurant Guide

To view a list of restaurant and bar options for those who want to go out after the reception at the hotel on the evening of Nov. 10, please click the link below.

View 2022 Summit Restaurant Guide

Summit Resources

State of Education Presentation

Bridget Burns Presentation

Jorge Perez Presentation

UT Southern Presentation

UT Chattanooga Presentation

UT Martin Presentation


Contact Us

Questions or comments about the event program can be directed to Leigh Cherry Morales , coordinator for student success initiatives, at

Questions about the venue, hotel accommodations, or dietary restrictions can be directed to Doree Brown, at