Compelling Priority 4:

Increase Retention Rates To improve graduation rates, Central State University must retain students in higher numbers through strategic monitoring and implementation of best practices. Te focus is on retaining freshmen from fall to fall; and support for sophomores, juniors, and seniors that promotes their persistence through graduation.

Academic Affairs

Undergraduate Student Success Center New first-year students are required to meet with their academic advisors a minimum of three times per semester. Advising hours were extended on Mondays and Tursdays, 8 a.m. until 7 p.m., and Tuesdays and Wednesdays until 6 p.m. Approximately 2,500 sign-ins were logged for advising. Based on the fall census of 821 new students, the number of signs-ins reflect more than three advising visits per student during the semester.

Te Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS ) Tutoring Hub collaborates with three athletic teams to support academic performance. Student-athletes fulfill compulsory study hours in the OASIS Tutoring Hub. While in the Hub, student-athletes can take advantage of OASIS services such as peer tutoring, learning specialists tutoring, or workshops.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

Ascendium Student Emergency Aid Grant (Formerly Great Lakes) – provides direct student and administrative support to implement the Student Emergency Aid Program. Te program provides funding to develop, implement, and institutionalize an emergency aid program that helps students cover unforeseen emergency expenses. A total of $78,000 will be provided over three years. In the first year of the program, the number of student applications submitted: 101; number of students meeting the eligibility requirements and awarded financial assistance: 92. In the second year of the program, the number of student applications submitted: 124; number of students meeting the eligibility requirements and awarded financial assistance: 73. Other statistics of the applicant pool: seniors (48%); juniors (27%); sophomores (10%) and freshmen (15%); gender: females (58%); males (42%).

Establishment of Retention Intervention Team (RIT) and Student Care and Support Team (S-CaST) – Te RIT and the S-CaST have been assembled to identify, address, and support the needs of individual students who are facing academic, adjustment, behavioral, financial, physical, and/or mental health challenges. Te students are then assigned to a team member who will follow the recommendations of the committee and work with the student and various campus departments to aid in student retention and persistence.

Counseling Services is a Title III Grant funded service that offers personal one-on-one student counseling, workshops, support groups, community collaborative programs, and special outreach programming for students. In 2018, the Counseling Services Student Satisfaction Survey results revealed that 94% of students surveyed agreed or strongly agreed with the statement: “Seeing a counselor helped me improve my academic preparation.” Ninety-one percent indicated that they planned to return to the University.



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