Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:44pm
When the California State system allowed its schools to levy additional fees to fund student success initiatives, leaders at Cal State, San Bernardino went in a novel direction: They set up a venture capital program.
The Vital and Expanded Technologies Initiative—or, VETI—is one of four programs the university launched with the additional revenue. VETI provides competitive grants to colleges and departments to fund technology projects that directly enhance student learning and success.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:38pm
A college’s outreach to prospective students can seem generic. But special populations require special attention, which is why Cleveland State University’s Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program customizes information sessions and engaged learning experiences for high school students aging out of foster care.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:35pm
Federal regulations prevent Middle Tennessee State University from notifying parents when their kids are having academic trouble.
The regulations say nothing about writing to the students themselves, which the university does in hopes of catching a parent’s eye and sparking a conversation.
“It’s a strategic move to send the letter,” says Vincent Windrow, assistant vice provost for student success. “Hopefully it creates a moment where the parents and the student can have dialogue about the student’s progress.”
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:28pm
University of Nebraska-Lincoln students on academic probation not only graduated at lower rates, they were visiting their advisers—the very people who could help them right the ship—less often than their peers did.
The university hit on an innovative way to reverse those trends. Starting two years ago, the university began issuing Academic Recovery Plans for students on academic probation.
Students who don’t meet the plan’s requirements—which include meeting with academic recovery coaches—are prohibited from registering for classes the following year.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:25pm
A need for speed drove development of the MyTransferCredit program at Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
“One of the main things that students want to know upfront is how many of their credits will transfer,” says Scott Booth, executive director for marketing and enrollment. Until a couple of years ago, it could take as many as 20 days during peak enrollment periods to answer this question.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:19pm
Oreo cookies and calzones have taught us that the middle is the most important part. The same goes for first-year student percentiles, say leaders at Indiana University Southeast.
“We needed to boost our first-year student interventions,” Jason Meriwether, vice chancellor for enrollment management and student affairs, says thinking back to 2013. Student enrollment and retention figures had incrementally declined.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:15pm
What would you do if you were told you didn’t interview well? You would probably try to figure out what, exactly, you could do to make a better impression in order to nail the next interview.
That is exactly what happened with students at LDS Business College in Salt Lake City.
Professionals serving on academic advisory boards told the college’s career services department that students were not presenting themselves and their many accomplishments in the best light.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:10pm
You know your new multidisciplinary internship program is going to be a hit when, early on, a graduating intern posts his résumé on Monster.com and lands a job right away— followed by weeks of hounding by rabid recruiters. He had to change his phone number to get the calls to stop.
What made him such a hot commodity? His experience at the App Factory, a year-round paid internship program at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.
Submitted by Matt Zalaznick on Wed, 07/20/2016 - 2:01pm
Jeannine Leger, director of academic support services at Christopher Newport in Newport News, Virginia, has a concise description of who has a vested interest in college students’ success: “Everybody at the institution.”
That mindset helps to explain the breadth of departments contributing to the university’s decade-long retention program, Captains Anchored for Success.