Retention and Persistence

  • As part of strategic planning, a task force extensively researched best practices and reviewed student engagement literature. Based upon their findings, the College adopted the following recommendations:
    • Increasing student access to counseling;
    • Creating a guided experience for students; 
    • Bridging the gap for students who are unsure of their next steps;
    • Creating a guided self-advising experience;
    • Developing training and standards for the student experience; and
    • Developing a communication and marketing plan for counseling/advising services.
  • As part of the strategic planning cycle, task force members gathered research and data on high-impact practices that have affected student satisfaction, retention, persistence, graduation, and transfer rates. Three action items were recommended to the Cabinet:
    • Purchase a student loan default management program during fiscal year 2016.
    • Purchase a scholarship application and management solution during fiscal year 2016.
    • Develop and pilot a guided pathways project for implementation in Fall 2016.

 Student Learning Outcomes

  • Assessment progress reporting forms were modified to help programs better report on assessment initiatives. Moving forward, the College is encouraging faculty and departments to engage in assessment programming through offers like the "Assessment by Design" workshop that the Office of Outcomes Assessment hosts twice a year. These workshops have been successful in engaging faculty in meaningful assessment initiatives.

Program Vitality

  • Vitality indicators were added to the Program Review process for academic programs beginning in the 2015–2016 academic year. This process was designed to be the summative component of the Program Review.