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Empowering Colleges and Universities to Achieve More

The NISS is founded on three core principles.

First, institutions inadvertently hinder their students’ success through policies, practices, and structures that are among the key drivers of equity gaps. Second, institutions can use data to identify and to understand these institutionally-created barriers to completion. Third, action-oriented institutions with the right coaching and support can create more equitable enrollment, retention, and graduation outcomes.

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What We Strive For

The National Institute for Student Success helps colleges and universities identify and resolve institutional barriers to equity and college completion by increasing their capacity to implement proven student-success systems.

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Our Team

The NISS Leadership and Coaching teams are supported by a group of practitioners with diverse educational and professional backgrounds as well as Senior Consultants who comprise leadership roles in the Division of Student Success at Georgia State University.

Quiana Gordon

Quiana Gordon

Senior Program Advisor

Tyler Walsh

Tyler Walsh

Senior Program Advisor

Jeremy Toulon

Jeremy Toulon

Senior Program Advisor

Caroline King

Caroline King

Business Manager

Monique Farone

Monique Farone

Data Analyst

Julie Fowkes

Julie Fowkes

Lead Educational Technology Specialist

Allison Calhoun-Brown

Allison Calhoun-Brown

Senior Vice President for Student Success

Darryl Stephens

Darryl Stephens

Grants Manager

Carol Cohen

Carol Cohen

Associate Vice President of the University Advisement Center

James Blackburn

James Blackburn

Associate Vice President of Student Financial Services

Crystal Mitchell

Crystal Mitchell

Director, University Advisement Center

Lindsey Fifield

Lindsey Fifield

Senior Program Advisor

Scott Burke

Scott Burke

Associate Vice President for Undergraduate Admissions and Housing

Jennifer Lee

Jennifer Lee

Assistant Director University Advisement Center

Atia Lindley

Atia Lindley

Director Student Financial Management Center

Holly Joseph

Holly Joseph

Lead Educational Technology Specialist

Andy Fentem, PhD

Andy Fentem, PhD

Program Advisor

Matthew Dischinger, PhD

Matthew Dischinger, PhD

Program Advisor

Shunverie Barrientez

Shunverie Barrientez

Program Advisor

Ben Brandon

Ben Brandon

Senior Director of Student Success Analytics

Sade Tramble

Sade Tramble

Program Advisor

Briana Dayton

Briana Dayton

Program Advisor

Stefanie Wright

Stefanie Wright

Program Advisor

Timothy M. Renick, PhD

Timothy M. Renick, PhD

Founding Executive Director

Ryan Z. Maltese, PhD

Ryan Z. Maltese, PhD

Director of Partnerships and Client Engagement

Angela M. Christie, PhD

Angela M. Christie, PhD

Director of Educational Programs and Learning Platforms and Faculty Director, QEP: College to Career

Ben Brandon

Ben Brandon

Director of Research

Cary Claiborne

Cary Claiborne

Director for Diagnostics

Work with Us

The NISS is looking to grow its team! We have open positions for educational technology specialists, research and program development, and coaching. Just type in National Institute for Student Success in the keyword bar.

Our Core Values

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Equity

We believe that access to higher education and the benefits that come with it can and must be equitable.

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Impact

We seek to improve the student success outcomes for hundreds of thousands of college students nationally.

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Innovation

We conduct and share research that promotes the best practices in student success.

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Leadership

We bring institutions across the nation together to support and align student success strategies.