Goal 3: Retain & Graduate

Support and increase student retention and graduation.

Objective 1: Provide institutional resources to accommodate all learners.

Action Items:

  1. Analyze our student population to better understand their strengths,
    weaknesses, and resulting needs.
  2. Centralize and enhance student academic success services.
  3. Enrich academic advising, mentoring, and programming for first- and second-year students.
  4. Provide additional support for at-risk students.

Objective 2: Offer opportunities for career and major exploration.

Action Items:

  1. Provide formal opportunities for career and major exploration for students early in their undergraduate career.
  2. Coach and assist students for the transition to a career or to additional educational opportunities (graduate or professional schools).

Objective 3: Maximize financial support.

Action Items:

  1. Provide financial education to students and graduates to support their financial independence and educational goals.
  2. Offer academic and financial incentives for students to return to complete their degree programs.
  3. Maximize use of scholarships and waivers to support student retention and graduation.

Goal Leadership: VP for Academic Affairs

Metric: By 2023 attain graduation rate* of 50% and retention rate** of 80%.

* Graduation rate defined as the percentage of first-time, first-year, full-time  undergraduate students who start during fall semester and graduate within  6 years.

** Retention rate defined as the percentage of first-time, first-year, full-time  undergraduate degree-seeking students who start during fall semester and  enroll the following fall semester.




Retain and Graduate Committee

  • Laurie Geller, Vice President for Academic Affairs - co-chair
  • Erik Kana, Associate VP for Academic Affairs - co-chair
  • Jacek Mrozik, Associate VP for Graduate and Continuing Education
  • Beth Odahlen, Director of Academic Support Center
  • Lynda Bertsch, Director of Career Services
  • Robert Norman, Director of the Center for Extended Learning
  • Laurie Weber, Director of Financial Aid
  • Cari Olson, Director of Institutional Research
  • Holly Major, Director of POWER Center (TRiO)
  • Heather Martin, Advising Coordinator
  • Rebecca Ringham, Registrar
  • Karina Stander, Director of Residence Life
  • Evan Borisinkoff, Associate Professor of Special Education
  • Jennifer Sherman, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education
  • Amy Roberts, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Christopher Scott, Student
  • Lafayette Bade, Student
  • Aubrey Porter, Student
  • Felicia Arias, Student
  • FYE Committee as needed via Beth O. (Erik Anderson, Thorpe Halloran, Lisa Borden-King, John Webster, Megan Fixen, Lori Willoughby)