University-Wide Retention and Persistence Committee

  • Students take notes during in a Pan-African Studies lecture

    The goal of the University-Wide Retention and Persistence Committee (UWRPC) is to achieve a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 80 percent by 2022. 


    The charge of UWRPC is to:

    • Ensure deployment of strategies set forth by the Triumvirate for Persistence and Retention (TRIPR), which consists of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Vice President for Enrollment Management
    • Manage information flow of retention/persistence activities in and between divisions
    • Advise TRIPR of current retention/persistence activities and assessments of in-progress or completed retention/persistence activities 

    Members of this group will meet on a regular basis and will rely on collaboration with others in the university to help further the university’s retention and persistence foci. Others in the university may join the group when data analysis/assessment information is needed. Members will communicate with divisional colleagues regarding the strategic directions and will guide divisional implementation of initiatives.


    • Co-Chairs: Paula Stossel and Michele Norwood
    • Academic Affairs: Todd Cunningham, Dot Gracey, Michele Norwood, Stephanie Taylor-Davis, Dan Burkett
    • Administration and Finance: Evie Carnahan
    • Advancement: Heather Andring, Mary Morgan
    • Enrollment Management: Tiffanie Fordyce, Tammy Manko, Paula Stossel
    • Marketing and Communications: Simon Stuchlik
    • President’s Office: Chris Kitas, Barbe Moore
    • Student Affairs: Malaika Turner

    Upcoming events

    Regular meeting: October 29, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., 101 Stabley Library
    Agenda: Results of subcommittee initial findings and preparation for Retention Workshop at Shippensburg. 

    November 15-16: UWRPC participation in Student Success: A PASSHE Priority, a Retention Workshop at Shippensburg University
    Agenda: To develop and complete targeted Outreach Campaigns.