On Friday, February 15, approximately 130 attendees from across the university took part in the IUP Summit on Student Success and Retention, which was co-sponsored by the divisions of Academic
Affairs, Student Affairs, and Enrollment Management.
After a welcome from President Michael
Driscoll, Charles Fey (vice president for Student Affairs), Timothy Moerland (provost), and Patricia McCarthy (vice president for Enrollment Management) spoke generally about student retention and success at IUP. The keynote speaker, Sarah Vandermark
(assistant provost for Student Success at New Jersey City University) then discussed how, specifically, her university has leveraged Student Success Collaborative technology from EAB to increase student retention and success. Additionally, Vandermark
touched upon how SSC can be used across divisions and, when coupled with collaboration and communication, can positively impact overall student retention and success. Vandermark reflected on her time at the summit by stating:
“It was an absolute pleasure to attend the IUP Summit, as well as have representation of faculty, administrators, and individuals from the academic affairs, student affairs, and enrollment management areas all working together to begin to create targeted
goals and outreach toward student success. Beginning a more cohesive collaboration and transparency across campus will help create a shared vision, knowing student success initiatives does take a village and understanding what everyone is responsible
for. Many times, effort can be duplicated, and individuals can be stretched. By bridging these gaps and streamlining information through technology, goals of higher retention, student satisfaction, and graduation rates can be met!”
University-Wide Retention and Persistence Committee shared subcommittee updates on the topics of financing an IUP education,
peer mentoring, advising, mental health/emotional wellness, and assessment. The subcommittees also led breakout sessions with attendees to brainstorm and begin to work on departmental/unit action plans to address the subcommittees’ efforts.