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Retention Initiatives at York University From the Local to the Pan-University. Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, AVP Academic Learning Initiatives Lynda Tam, Director Academic Affairs, Faculty of Fine Arts. York Facts. Founded in 1959 Third largest in Canada 11 Faculties >50,000 students

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Retention initiatives at york university from the local to the pan university

Retention Initiatives at York UniversityFrom the Local to the Pan-University

Norma Sue Fisher-Stitt, AVP Academic Learning Initiatives

Lynda Tam, Director Academic Affairs, Faculty of Fine Arts


York facts
York Facts

  • Founded in 1959

  • Third largest in Canada

  • 11 Faculties

  • >50,000 students

  • 1400 FT faculty members

  • 1000 PT faculty/TA


Student body
Student Body

  • Diverse

  • Many first generation Canadians

  • Students from 176 countries from around the globe


Large proportion of students live at home with their parents
Large Proportion of Students Live at Home with their Parents

First Year Students

Senior Students

Source: 2006 NSSE


Almost 50 of york students commute for more than 40 minutes
Almost 50% of York students Commute for More than 40 minutes

First Year Students

Senior Students

Source: 2006 NSSE


More york students spend time working for pay
More York Students Spend Time Working For Pay

First Year Students

Senior Students

Source: 2006 NSSE


York students spend more time working for pay
York Students Spend More Time Working For Pay

On Campus

Off Campus

Source: 2006 NSSE


Avp academic learning initiatives
AVP Academic Learning Initiatives

  • Position established August 2007

  • Reporting to the VP Academic but a “hybrid” position

  • Portfolio:

    • Director, Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students

    • enhancing the quality of students’ educational experience

    • monitoring of NSSE

    • implementation of programs/activities/projects




Retention council
Retention Council

  • MANDATE

    • to create and sustain avenues for communication and collaboration amongst student success stakeholders

    • to achieve excellence in student experience and success

    • to develop and support initiatives designed to improve the educational experience of York students from the end of Orientation through to Convocation.


Retention council1
Retention Council

  • STRUCTURE

  • Co-chairs:

  • AVP Academic Learning Initiatives

  • AVP Student Community Development

  • Pan-university representation:

  • Associate Deans, College Masters, Librarians, Advising Centres

  • Residence Life, Career Centre, Counselling and Development Centre, Sports and Recreation, Student Leadership

  • Students


Retention council2
Retention Council

  • SUB-COMMITTEES

    • Faculty participation

    • Student engagement

    • 1st to 2nd year experience

    • Data warehousing

    • Advising

    • Peer mentoring


Peer mentoring faculty of fine arts
Peer Mentoring – Faculty of Fine Arts

  • Supporting excellence

  • Support for first year students

  • –a map and a guide for the journey

  • Support for upper year students “at risk”

  • Unique aspects of mentoring fine arts students


Faculty of fine arts peer mentoring program structure
Faculty of Fine Arts Peer Mentoring Program Structure

  • Discipline specific mentor/mentee partnership

  • Formal training program

  • Mentor and Mentee communication

  • Peer Advising Centre


Goals of the faculty of fine arts peer mentoring program
Goals of the Faculty of Fine Arts Peer Mentoring Program

  • Guidance and support

  • Retention

  • Networking skills

  • Mentoring for life


Program success
Program Success

  • 2007/08

  • 1st year FFA students = 822

  • 1st year FFA mentees = 120 (15% of entering class)

  • Of remaining 702, 30 (4%) were placed on academic probation at the end of the 2007/08 year

  • NONE of the 120 student mentees received an academic warning


Program success1
Program Success

  • 2007/08

  • FFA students < 30 credits completed major gpa cum gpa mentor 6.48 6.19 no mentor 5.67 5.32Total average credits earned mentor 27.74 no mentor 25.6


Program success2
Program Success

  • 2007/08

  • Survey of mentors:

  • 30 of 32 respondents (94%) stated that they had learned new mentoring strategies

  • 30 of 32 (94%) stated that what they had learned in the mentor training sessions had helped them in their mentoring role

  • The most useful things they learned:

  • Stress management

  • Time management


Now that we have built it why do they come
Now that we have built it …Why do they come?

  • Unexpected outcomes for mentor and mentees

  • Spreading the word – peer mentoring campus wide

  • Finally…In their own words


In their own words
In Their Own Words

  • “I learned that mentoring a fellow student helped me to grow as a person and an artist as I learned valuable communication skills that I can continually build on.”

  • “I loved having a Mentor as I felt more confident and learned more than just from my courses.”

  • “One of the best programs I’ve had the privilege to participate in throughout my four years at York”


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • THANK YOU!

  • QUESTIONS?


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