University Assembly and Professional Day

Keynote Speaker

Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D.

Chair and Professor, Department of Higher Education

Azusa Pacific University


Theme: Thriving Toward Shalom

Laurie A. Schreiner, Ph.D., chairs the doctoral programs in Higher Education. Her 30 years of experience in higher education as a faculty member, associate academic dean, and research fellow provide a strong experiential foundation for her teaching. Her primary interests include student success and thriving in college, student satisfaction and retention, strengths-based advising and educational practices, Christian higher education, campus climate and sense of community, and the programming needs of first-year students and sophomores. She is co-author of the Student Satisfaction Inventory, a nationally normed instrument used on more than 1,600 college and university campuses across the United States and Canada. She was also a project director on two federal grants from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE) through the U.S. Department of Education; the first focused on successful programming for first-year college students and the second grant focused on the development of a campus-wide four-year strengths education program to increase student retention and success. She has been a senior research associate for the Gallup Organization and has completed the national validity study of StrengthsFinder with college students, along with the second edition of the book StrengthsQuest: Discover and Develop Your Strengths in Academics, Career, and Beyond. She is a Senior Fellow at the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities and directed a ten-year national project on student retention and satisfaction, the Comprehensive Assessment Project, which involved 70 Christian colleges and universities annually. Recipient of Azusa Pacific University's Graduate Scholarly Achievement Award in 2005, Schreiner has developed the Thriving Quotient and currently directs both the Thriving Project and the Sophomore Experiences Survey.


Dr. Schreiner’s latest research is on faculty thriving.  She is in the process of validating an instrument to measure levels of faculty thriving, with the intent of assessing thriving this fall among faculty in the CCCU.


7:50 a.m.            Doors open for breakfast

8:15                     Welcome

8:20                     Greeting from Dr. Joe

8:25                     Worship

8:40                     Intro to Speaker

8:45                     Laurie Schreiner

9:45                     Break (choose two sessions – list of options will be on the tables)

10:00                   Breakout Session #1

11:00                   Breakout Session #2