Early success cited, but plan needs to continuously evolve

THE RETENTION PLAN is well under way, with impressive early results, though much work remains. That was the overriding message as more than 100 faculty, staff and administrators convened for two days in March to review progress and plot strategy.

Much of the discussion centered on ways to ensure that faculty voices and academic-centric goals are included.

"The University is strongly focused on retention and completion," said Dr. Stacey Moore, associate vice president for student success. "The retention plan is a living document, requiring consistent input from all stakeholders. The faculty perspective is critical, and it needs to be more closely integrated into the plan. That was one reason for the March sessions.

"We have already achieved great things together," she added, "and with more voices and with vigilance, we will do even greater things to benefit our students."

What's next?

The Student Success Steering Team meets to monitor progress and to help ensure the retention plan is on track.

Team members are always looking for "proof points" of success. Please share them with team member Adam Hemminger at

Panel session during March 2015 session


Students talk about what mattered in their success

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Video: Living Learning Communities

Students in Living Learning Communities describe their experience with the program and how it has benefitted them.

Presentations and discussions

A selection of presentation and discussion notes from two large planning sessions held at the University of Akron.

Academic and social support
Information about Pathways, reconstructed advising, bridge programs, learning communities, early alert initiatives and learning assistants.

Career Placement Group update
Discussion about the need to emphasize participation in career-relevant learning experiences in more programs.

Poster: The Akron Experience: University 101
Includes performance data from the Fall 2014 semester as well as fall to spring persistence figures.

New Ideas Team update
An analysis of what's missing from the retention plan.

Closing Achievement Gaps
An examination of the resources available and gaps to be addressed.

Related: New Ideas for Addition to Plan

Retention and Completion Plan launch
Analysis of what has been completed to date and progress toward goals.

Presentation: "Using Analytics and Proactive Interventions to Support At-Risk Students"
By Dr. Timothy M. Renick, vice provost and vice president, Georgia State University

Presentation: "Using Predictive Analytics and Proactive Interventions to Restructure Advising"
By Dr. Timothy M. Renick, vice provost and vice president, Georgia State University

Presentation: "UA Analytics and The Student Success Collaborative"
By: Dr. Paul Levy, department chair, Psychology
Dr. Dick Steiner, professor, Statistics
Dr. Stacey Moore, associate vice president, Student Success