Brett Bruner, Ed.D.

Assistant Vice President for Student Success & Persistence, Wichita State University

Bio: Brett Bruner

Brett Bruner, Ed.D. serves as the assistant vice president for student success and persistence at Wichita State University, where he develops and directs university-wide student success and retention strategies and programs that align with the university vision of supporting students as they pursue degree completion. Prior to his work at Wichita State University, he served as the assistant vice president for atudent affairs and enrollment management and dean of students at Missouri Western State University; dean of student engagement at Arkansas Tech University; director of transition and student conduct at Fort Hays State University; and director of student life at Baker University. He has also taught undergraduate courses in leadership development, master’s-level courses in higher education law and technology in student affairs, and doctoral-level courses in higher education leadership directed field experiences.

He has been actively involved with student success work through presenting on student success topics at NASPA Annual and Regional Conferences; the NASPA Closing the Achievement Gap Conference; the NASPA Conferences on Student Success in Higher Education; the NASPA Assessment & Persistence Conference; annual and regional conferences for NODA: The Association for Orientation, Transition, and Retention in Higher Education; state and annual conferences for ACPA; the Kansas Student Affairs Conference; the Arkansas Student Affairs Association; and the Learning Communities Association. He currently co-chairs the NASPA Orientation, Transition, and Retention Knowledge Community and the NASPA Excellence Awards Program. In addition, he serves on the editorial board for the Journal of First-generation Student Success. He holds an Ed.D. in higher education leadership from Baker University, an M.S. in college student personnel administration from the University of Central Missouri, and a B.S. in business administration from Emporia State University.

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Speaker Topics

Parents & Family Members of First-generation College Students

This session explores how parents and family members of first-generation college students perceive their role as their students’ transition into college. The session explores how traditional parent and family programming intersects with first-generation student success.

Creating Drive-In Programs Supporting First-generation Students Pre-College

This session explores how institutions can better support first-generation college students pre-arrival to the institution through community and admissions partnerships.

Developing a Comprehensive First-generation Student Program

This session explores how an institution (and an office of 1 person) can begin to develop a comprehensive first-generation program.

Orientation & Transition Experiences of First-generation Students

This session explores how new first-generation college students are oriented and transitioned into the college.

First-generation Learning/Living-Learning Communities

This session explores the process of developing, implementing, and cultivating a first-generation learning/living-learning community.

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