Retention is a focus at many levels within The Sullivan University System. Yes, each of the campuses has a program in place to help freshmen succeed. These efforts include, but are not limited to, first-year experience programs, tutoring, mentoring and more.
The focus of retention for all students, not just low achievers, is in place at all levels. The following is a recap of what goes on weekly and quarterly:
- An Early Alert system in place so faculty members have a method to get information to resources to help a student with a retention problem.
- Weekly communication to all faculty members regarding specific students who would benefit from faculty intervention to persist.
- Quarterly review of students, regardless of accumulated GPA, who in the prior term did not demonstrate academic success and appropriate information shared with faculty to help the student improve success in the new term.
These are just three major items that are used to help all students persist. The Sullivan University System is dedicated to giving every student the educational experience they deserve.
About the Author:
For 25 years, Jim Kearfoot has been associated with Sullivan University. The academic work he has completed, the experience he has had with the students, and his academic background make him uniquely qualified to teach in the general education department at Sullivan University. Jim has taught or currently teaches Information Literacy, a first year experience course, and Organizational Conflict Analysis, a senior level capstone class. He brings to the table, for the students’ benefit, a very strong understanding of the adult learner, as well as the experience to help them overcome any barrier standing in their way.