Retention Programs & Initiatives at Missouri State. Presented by Rachelle L. Darabi, Associate Provost, Student Development and Public Affairs. Student Orientation, Advisement & Registration (SOAR). Cultivate concept of students as engaged members of the academic community
Presented by Rachelle L. Darabi,
Associate Provost, Student Development and Public Affairs
The SOAR Office is responsible for the Missouri State University Family Association.
Mission: To provide parent and family members an opportunity to play an active role in the education of their student.
Membership provides access to:
Partners in Education (PIE):
*Mid-semester grades are reported for all 100 and 200 level courses. All advisors are encouraged to contact students who receive grades below a C at mid-term to encourage these students and make them aware of support services.
Theme: You Belong at Missouri State
Weekend of activities/events designed to introduce students to campus and encourage their involvement.
GEP 101, First-Year Foundations (2 CR)—First-year seminars are considered high impact experiences
Curricular Learning Communities (CLC):
*From Ctr for Assessment report 10/24/11: “Overall, these data show that LC students begin their college experience with lower scores on variables that typically predict success in college (HS class rank, ACT Comp). However, by the end of their first and second semesters in college (FA10 and SP11), these same CLC students showed significantly higher GPAs than their non-CLC peers.”
“These results suggest that the LC program is equipping previously underachieving students with the skills they need to successfully proceed with their college education.”
Service-Learning (SL) is considered a high impact experience. Growth of SL in GEP 101 shown below:
From Ctr for Assessment report 10/23/11: “When the SL students were compared to their non-SL peers in GEP 101, the data from independent means t-tests showed that the SL students entered the university with significantly higher high school GPAs and class rankings. At the end of both the first and second semesters (FA10 and SP11), the SL students showed an even greater difference in MSU GPA when compared to the non-SL students.”
Common Reader, 2011
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
Residence Life and Services has a Living-Learning
Community (LLC) program which has been in place for five years. Living-Learning Communities have undergone rigorous assessment and are showing promise in terms of:
Students can choose among first-year experience floors, sophomore-year experience communities, or floors where students with majors in the College of Health and Human Services live together. Two of the nine LLCs for fall 2011 include a curricular link to GEP 101. These two are specifically for undecided students.
Retention Numbers for LLC Floors: 2007--2011
Academic Advisement Center retention efforts include:
Achievement Center for Intercollegiate Athletics provides:
STAMP! (Student -Athletes Making Progress towards Degree)
This program was instituted in the fall of 2010 in an effort to assist student-athletes who are admitted to Missouri State University as an exception to our admissions policy. This is mandatory for all student-athletes who are admitted through admissions alternatives. The program is designed to assist student-athletes with the transition from high school to college. The program will cover the first year of the student-athletes academic career. Once a week, 1 hour meetings will be conducted to include the following components.
Service-Learning (CASL—Citizenship and Service Learning):
Students in selected classes have an opportunity to make a difference in the community while getting academic credit and invaluable experiences.
2011: 2130 students provided 58,734 hours of community service.
Estimated worth of service $1,090,695.
Students have an opportunity to increase their cultural competence by studying abroad for a year, semester, or just a week or two through our short-term faculty-led programs.
National research studies correlate study abroad participation with:
Public Affairs Week – September 12-16
Fall 2011 Convocation Lecture Event – Douglas Rushkoff (October 6)
Common Reader Special Event with David Lacks (November 30)
Public Affairs Conference
Public Affairs Grant Projects:
Undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty use this free academic support service to workshop papers for their academic courses, creative writing, speeches, presentations, course syllabi, and articles intended for publication.
It is the Writing Center’s philosophy that improved writing skills lead to educational
and professional success in college and beyond.
The Writing Center: Empowering Success through Improved Writing Skills
Ongoing development of an online support services for writing. New developments include both synchronous and asynchronous consultation initiatives. See the support site under the “Services” link: http://writingcenter.missouristate.edu/24686.htm
Implementation of “Grammar Fridays” to assist struggling writers with grammar – see the supporting website: http://writingcenter.missouristate.edu/73254.htm
Developing, in conjunction with Keri Franklin, Provost Fellow for Writing, Faculty Writing Rooms and a Writing Fellows Program for spring 2012.
To satisfy student demand, subject area tutoring is moving from individual appointments to drop-in table tutoring. This enables services to be provided to more students however it is estimated only 75% of drop-in students actually check at the front desk enabling us to capture that data. Approximately 76% of students who make appointments actually attend the appointment, for instance out of 567 appointments scheduled this fall 435 students have actually attended.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a series of review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. SI is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades. Attendance at sessions is voluntary.
The Absent Professor Program provides effective workshops by either substituting for faculty who cannot attend class or by providing workshops focusing on student success that supplement course material. The program benefits students by utilizing top scholarship recipients to guide struggling students on the skills necessary to navigate their major.
Focus on course redesign, course transformation, and assistance with the scholarship of teaching and learning (SOLT)
*Feb 2011 to present ---- over 1300 contact hours with 1000 faculty participants (This includes anyone with a teaching assignment.)
Course Transformation – to improve Success and SLO