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Cathy Buyarski

Executive Director, Student Success Initiatives, IUPUI

Dr. Cathy Buyarski serves as the Executive Associate Dean for University College at IUPUI. In this role she oversees 13 programs and services designed to support student success, learning, and graduation. Student success has been the focus of Dr. Buyarski’s career which includes experience in residence life, orientation, academic advising, first-year programs, and educational equity. Most recently, Dr. Buyarski has partnered with Stanford researchers from the College Transitions Collaborative and PERTS to examine the role of academic mindsets in college student success. She is working with the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) on the “First Day” project which will lead to the development of tools for faculty to use early in courses to ensure that students are receiving and internalizing positive cues about their academic success. Dr. Buyarski holds a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.