Identify, develop and implement programs and policies that support improving student retention and graduation such as registration practices, improving the writing skills test, intrusive advising, and transfer credit processing. Student Affairs will partner with Academic Affairs for several initiatives including enhanced use of data for assessment of efforts and fulfilling the system directive to improve graduation rates by 2015. Efforts will also be made to target specific populations of students, such as transfer students, first generation students and sophomores.
Working with Academic Affairs and Academic Senate representations, we will develop a comprehensive, long range enrollment management plan. This group also has begun the effort to seek impaction status from the system as one enrollment management tool. Finally, partnering with Institutional Research we will analyze our existing data on enrollment and develop a data template.
Student Affairs has several initiatives underway to improve communication with students, faculty and staff and educate the campus community about who Student Affairs is. This includes t-shirts for all SA staff members to wear on “red and black attack Fridays”, producing faculty and staff pocket guides, special onboarding sessions for all new employees in SA, and the content on this web page!
SA will work in collaboration to enhance our culture of evidence through systematic assessments, analysis of data, and communication of outcomes. In addition we have begun to produce annual reports about achievements throughout the year for each department, and use the results of a listening tour that the leadership team conducted with faculty, staff and disengaged students in 2015-16.
As with all other members of the campus community, Student Affairs is doing what it can to support this important initiative, including serving on various subcommittees, implementing a degree audit for students and advisors and establishing a program of University Hour academic and co-curricular events.