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
- Math Center tutoring (Administration Building, Room 150)
- Writing Center (Clark Memorial Library, Room 120)
- Supplemental instruction coordinated by the Student Success Center and academic departments (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Cross-Cultural Inclusion (email@example.com)
- Bridge to Success program
- Academic improvement planning (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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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.