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Momentum Summit V

Momentum Summit V

January 24, 2022 to March 11, 2022

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Preliminary Schedule  Discussion Themes Panel Week Schedule

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Institutions across the University System of Georgia collect every year to share experiences, learn new strategies, and plan their work for student Momentum for the year ahead. The Momentum Summit V is an opportunity to review and refine the work institutions have committed to, assess progress, and chart a path forward for building upon success.

The overarching goal for the Summit is to support your institutional team in crafting concrete, ongoing plans for Momentum on your campus by enabling institutions to engage in critical reflection, assessment, and evaluation of which activities have proven to aid in the success of students and which activities have not produced the expected outcomes. This work should consider how to further student success by building on your existing successes, identifying priority areas for improvement, creating a larger community on campus engaged in essential student success work, and identifying the critical context, policy, and practices changes that are necessary to ensure students don’t fall through the cracks or can’t navigate their way to their goals.

We are building on our experience this year with virtual events (and teaching!) to provide a "flipped" meeting with an in person component.Momentum Summit V will include:

  • an online "course" with pre-recorded presentations, resources and materials,
  • discussion areas for sharing your thoughts,
  • a week of virtual events for responding to the materials and presentations with peers,
  • a week set aside for structured campus planning, and
  • an in-person event for campus teams to share their plans and learn and work with one another.

This design is intended to maximize opportunities for faculty and staff to participate and learn from one another, and honors our pledge that we would make the most of the time we have together, whether it is in person or virtual, for active, engaged conversations. Each participant will be enrolled in the Momentum Summit V course in MomentumU@USG, which will open in January 2022, and will be asked to engage with the material at their own pace in advance of the responsive sessions. During the sessions, participants will be able to engage with the presenters, hosts, and one another to dig deeper on the topics and share their experiences. 

The centerpiece of the Summit is the dedicated time for structured planning on campus that leads to the development of a campus Momentum Plan.  This year, we're excited to be able to come back together (in a limited fashion) after all that hard planning work is done and share what you plan, hear from others what they have on tap, and get feedback from the community on how to make the most of the year ahead. 

Participation is not capped for the virtual component of the Summit, so institutions may include as many individuals as they like to join us. Not every person will need to attend every session, but we encourage campuses to plan and structure participation to ensure that each unit on campus is represented at each session and that teams are able to share and engage during the designated team planning sessions to the greatest extent possible. For the in person component of the Summit, we ask that institutions assemble a cross-functional team; a separate registration will be distributed for this. 

Most registrants to the Momentum Summit can access the MSV course in MomentumU@USG through Single Sign On with your institutional credentials. To log in, 

  1. go to and click on the MomentuU@USG Login button (you may want to bookmark this page).
  2. Select your institution (and tick the “Remember my choice” at the top, if you like)
  3. Enter your credentials – the same username and password as you use for your institutional login
  4. Complete the Two-factor authentication
  5. You should land in a D2L page with a Momentum Summit V tile (and maybe a few others). Click on the Summit Tile to begin reviewing the materials.

Summit V Preliminary Schedule

January 24, 2022 Momentum Summit Course opens in Momentum U @ USG
January 28, 2022
10:00 -11:30 am

Kick Off (virtual)
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February 11, 2022
2:00 - 3:30 pm
Momentum Check in session (virtual)
February 21-25, 2022
10:00 am -noon; 2:00pm-4:00pm
Momentum Summit live sessions (virtual)
Discussions and Response Panels
February 28-March 4, 2022 Campus Planning Week
March 11, 2022 Momentum Summit V (in person with institutional teams at Columbus State University)


Momentum Summit V Discussion Themes

The themes for the Summit have emerged from their CCG/Momentum Plan Updates for this year. The five key areas of focus for Summit V will be:

Leading Change and Change Management

  • How do institutions organize themselves to use data and insights to change practices and policies; develop cultures that can embrace and support change; and, breakdown silos between units to improve efforts and share the work?

Building Pathways - Curricular, Course, and Pedagogical Redesign

  • How do institutions use insights from program pressure tests (and curricular analytics) to change their programs, improve their courses, and the teaching that goes on; prioritize courses and sequences for supplemental supports; equitably scale quality high impact practices across the curriculum; and, adapt the lessons learned from the Gateways to Completion work and teaching in the Pandemic to their critical courses?

Mindset - Supporting Academic Mindset

  • What interventions and activities help to build student mindset; what are the opportunities and mechanisms for affecting faculty mindset; How do messaging and activities across campus build, or tear down, students’ perceptions of their abilities, sense of belonging, and connection to purpose

Using Data

    Identifying and Closing Gaps

  • How does an institution use data and insights to identify, understand, and address gaps in achievement based on race/ethnicity, gender, age, or other factors; what contextual and structural improvements create campuses where gaps do not exist?

      Understanding your students

  • What are the lessons and insights from students in the past years? How do their expectations, behaviors, and needs differ from those in the past? What practices have been most effective in serving this new group? What needs to change about your courses, programming, and processes to serve them?

    Understanding your current work

  • What is the full inventory of Momentum on your campus? What has been successful in your student success work? What are the key performance indicators you use to understand your progress and your goals? How do you make this accessible to your entire campus community?

Purpose - Purposeful Choice and Connecting to Purpose

  • How do campuses use, and improve, student choice architecture to improve program selection; support students in career and academic exploration; and connect their curricular and co-curricular experiences to their motivation for attending college.


MSV Panel Discussion Week (February 21-25) Preliminary Schedule

Monday, February 21 10:00 am - noon

Creating a Culture for Change

This session will reflect on how campuses can create a culture that supports and embraces change, and what it takes to sustain that culture over time. This discussion will help to set the stage for how everyone on a campus can shape and support constructive change that leads to equitable student success.

Stuart Rayfield, University System of Georgia
Allison Calhoun-Brown, Georgia State University
Bruno Hicks, Dalton State College

 View the recording

2:00 - 4:00 pm

Organizing around Change

A significant challenge in understanding and managing change is aligning units with a wide range of perspectives to achieve a common goal. Building on existing structures and creating clear frameworks are two strategies that take advantage of established institutional culture to help build something new. This conversation will give greater insight into and an opportunity to share experiences around how to organize your campus, or your unit, for change and how to ensure that your entire community is present and heard.

Zach Zelehear and Susan Davies, Augusta University
Angela Peters, Albany State University
Pablo Mendoza, University of North Georgia
Ryran Traylor, Gordon State College

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Tuesday, February 22 10:00 am - noon

Building Pathways to Success

The curriculum and courses that comprise a student’s pathway have a tremendous impact on whether they meet their academic and personal goals for college. Reflecting on the structure of the curriculum and the content and design of the courses, this session provides an opportunity to investigate ways to build pathways that maximize the potential for students and deepens their connections and understanding.

Da'mon Andrews, East Georgia State College
Greg Heileman, University of Arizona
Michael Hester, University of West Georgia
Bonnie Jett, University of West Georgia

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2:00 - 4:00 pm

Supporting Pathways on Campus

Building on the morning discussion, this session provides more specific conversations on how to support improvements in courses, specifically through leveraging expertise on campus and implementing established experiential learning practices in courses and beyond.

Susan Hrach, Columbus State University
Josie Baudier, Georgia Highlands College
Joie Hain, Justin Mays, Lisa-Holland Davis, David Pena, Michelle Furlong and Joey Helton, Clayton State University
Naomi Norman, Lindsey Harding Maria Navarro, and Paul Matthews, University of Georgia
Lara Smith-Sitton, Kennesaw State University

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Wednesday, February 23 10:00 am - noon

Engaging with Mindset

Evidence from the USG Getting to Know Our Students survey provides some valuable insights into the motivational context for students as they enter college. This session focuses on the “what next” with conversations from institutions about applying mindset lessons to help students get a strong start, authentically connect, and get back on track should they stumble.

Coronda Ziegler, Colorado State University
Anne Pharr and Geoff Fogleman, Pellissippi State Community College
Jessica Rabb, Nashville State Community College
Melissa Young, Columbus State University
Kelly Koch, Columbus State University
Ervin Anderson, Georgia Southwestern State University

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2:00 - 4:00 pm

Townhall on Academic Mindset

This session provides an opportunity to share Mindset focused practices on campuses with your peers. The townhall will also provide an opportunity to hear from the System Office on where we see mindset efforts moving in the coming years and to provide your input on shaping that direction. Structured as an open discussion, please come ready to share, engage, and inquire about student academic mindset.

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Thursday, February 24 10:00 am - noon

Identifying Opportunities and Closing Gaps

Using data to understand and address challenges students face in completing their degrees is foundational to the Momentum Approach, but it can be intimidating (or confusing) to many faculty and staff. This session provides an opportunity to hear how this practice can be put into place to close achievement gaps, identify opportunities, and understand how to evaluate your success work for new arrivals to the data worlds as well as long-time residents.

Tim Renick, Georgia State University
Vince Miller and Rob Freidhoff, Valdosta State University
Leslie Hodges, University System of Georgia

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2:00 - 4:00 pm

Understanding Your Students and Your Current Work

Engaging student voice and understanding how your campus connects (or doesn’t) with your students has always been critical to supporting student success. Knowing student’s experiences and expectations, and using what you gather to shape offerings, programs and opportunities on campus have become more complicated since the Pandemic. This session will offer some insight into methods for gathering this intelligence, a place to engage in what we are learning about the students we are serving now, as well as how to put this information into practice.

Michael Rothlisberger, Kennesaw State University
Sean Baser, University System of Georgia
Bernard McCary, Georgia State University

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Friday, February 25 10:00 am - noon

Putting Purpose First

Purpose is a powerful driver for student success, especially as they students encounter difficulty inside and outside of their courses.  Student arrive at college with a wide range of motivations as well as varying degrees of knowing their reasons for pursuing a degree. This session engages with a range of approaches to infusing purpose into the college experience and across the campus.

Dustin Anderson, Georgia Southern University
Jennifer Leavey, Georgia Institute of Technology
Judy Orton Grissett, Georgia Southwestern State University

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Friday, February 25

2:00 - 4:00 pm

What is Student Success and Next Steps for Momentum

Our final conversation in the Summit will take a step back and invite participants to get ready for the planning week by reflecting on what student success means, and what the next steps for Momentum should be. This session will rely on structured small group conversations with check ins, so expect to be engaged, and engage, with your colleagues from across the state in this critical conversation.

 Sorry, a recording is not available for this session.