Join grantees, partners, and friends of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in a broad call to action aimed at expanding postsecondary student success. In many public institutions, as many as 6 out of 10 students do not complete a degree within six years. We feel this is unacceptable. We can do better. Engage with us in this daylong exploration of innovative solutions, responses to implementation challenges, and the overarching values of access and equity that drive this work. The SXSWedu summit features working sessions, a showcase of solutions in development, a town hall meeting, and mix of fun and excitement throughout, culminating in an offsite celebration of student success with live music and a thought-provoking short performance piece!

Innovating Higher Education: Moving To Scale

In this invitation-only, hands-on session, teams of participants will examine typical — and atypical — challenges that must be addressed for new ideas and practices to gain traction on university and college campuses. Teams will work together to deconstruct common challenges, devise strategies to respond to them, and raise the likelihood of success. Participants will identify best practices for scaling innovations and learn to engage institutional stakeholders by creating a shared sense of project ownership. Discover how to transform obstacles into triumphs!

ImagineCon: Imagine the Possibilities!

Experience the dynamic world of personalized learning, and learn how it’s creating a sea change in the delivery of higher education. This exhibition will showcase cutting-edge projects in student success, personalized learning, and next generation courseware, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Creative, interactive formats will allow participants to engage with solution developers, explore the strategies being applied, learn from thought leaders, and have fun along the way! Not only will participants identify strategies for personalizing learning on their own campuses, but there also will be prizes! SXSWedu attendees are invited to learn more about these game-changing projects, ask questions, and provide feedback. Don’t miss this opportunity to discover new ways to support student success!

A Town Hall Meeting: Personalized Learning & Student Success

Student success, access, and equity are common concerns that impact every campus. At their intersection lies personalized learning, a transformative solution. In this highly interactive session, attendees will have the opportunity to engage around core ideas and assumptions surrounding personalized learning, student success strategies, increasing access, and promoting equity. Come lend your voice to this discussion of these important issues, and help shape the language of the discourse. This meeting presents a valuable opportunity to share ideas, gain new perspectives, and influence the field.

A Celebration of Student Success

Join the Personalized Learning Initiative grantees of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Postsecondary Success unit for an offsite event at a venue featuring live music and a short, fresh performance piece. Meet the game-changing individuals who are moving the dial on personalized learning, learn from their challenges and triumphs, and offer recommendations on future developments of foundation-supported projects. Gain fresh perspective on conference highlights with videos captured throughout the day by Young Invincibles. Attendees will enjoy beverages and light snacks.