Pathways to Thriving , hosted by Azusa Pacific University’s Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education, invites student affairs professionals and faculty to explore leadership methods and practices that maximize student success in higher education. "Pathways to Thriving" highlights strengths development as a vehicle for the academic, interpersonal, and emotional thriving of transfer, incoming, current, and graduating students. The conference runs October 25-27 at the Sheraton Pasadena Hotel.

Keynote speakers Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D., chair and professor in APU’s Department of Higher Education, Michelle Louis, Ph.D., associate professor in APU’s Department of Higher Education, Henry Gee, vice president of Student Services at Rio Hondo College, and Gary Pritchard, Ph.D., dean of the School of Media at Ravensbourne, UK, will discuss the pathways toward student development, learning, and resilience both in and out of the classroom.

“The Thriving Conference provides a remarkable forum to inspire and inform higher education professionals on strategic ways to achieve positive student outcomes and using the strengths paradigm helps us achieve that goal,” said Keith Hall, executive director of the Undergraduate Academic Success Center.

The Noel Academy for Strengths-Based Leadership and Education aims to further strengths-based approaches to teaching, learning, and leading. The academy serves as a resource for research, consultation, and workshops to advance the strengths movement in higher education, and has conducted research on the effectiveness of strengths-based approaches to first-year seminars, academic advising, general education courses, and professional development programs. Through the academy, graduate research assistants and faculty scholars conduct numerous research projects each year.

For more information or to register online, visit the APU conference page or contact staff directly at

APU also offers a non-degree strengths certification program for higher education professionals.

Rachel White
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