Student retention is an important piece of the Shawnee State University mission. We want our students to not only be academically successful; we want them to persist to graduation and be successful in their lives and careers. Retaining Shawnee State University students is everyone's responsibility: faculty, staff, students, administration, families, and the community.
Without collaboration to develop support systems for our students, many will not graduate with a college degree and might drop out after their first semester or year of college. Working together and supporting students within a researched-based framework ensures students develop skills and reach their potential. Each and every one of us can make a difference.
SSU retention includes strategic interventions and programming to support the academic and non-academic experiences of our students. There are numerous strategies across campus.
Some of our academic supports include:
- On-line scheduling for academic tutoring in the Student Success Center (http://omniupdate.shawnee.edu/offices/student-success-center/need-a-tutor.aspx)
- Math Center tutoring (Massie Hall, Room 436)
- Reading and Writing Center tutoring (Administration Building (Commons), Room 031)
- Supplemental instruction coordinated by the Student Success Center and academic departments firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mentoring program email@example.com
- Cross-Cultural Inclusion firstname.lastname@example.org
- Summer bridge camp for mathematics
- Academic improvement planning email@example.com
- TRiO support for underrepresented students firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Affairs: Academic interventions for residential students email@example.com
- 38 RAs in our housing units trained in over 34 topics firstname.lastname@example.org
- Commuter advisors: peer support for commuter students email@example.com
- Emerging Leaders firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- First year experience AQIP action plan has a wealth of strategic initiatives to help address the students from their intent to apply to SSU and through their first two years of college life.
Improving student success demands attention by the entire institution. Through the intentional collection and analyzing of baseline data on student retention, persistence, and success, SSU will be able to refine our current strategies and set new strategic goals. We look forward to the campus community's help in the development and implementation of a retention-action plan.
As part of the determination to keep our retention efforts available for the entire
campus, there are currently two avenues for collaborating on the campus retention
1) Retention webpage. The webpage will be continually updated with on-going data
reports, updated retention strategies, best practice initiatives across campus, research
articles and resources for students, faculty & staff; and
2) Open “brown bag” lunch meetings to discuss retention throughout the academic year
Thank you for the role you play in supporting best practices and using our resources to retain our students and create an environment for outstanding student success.