Academic Advising Council

Academic Advising Council Hosts Online Webinar. “Deploying the Power of Cross-Functional Teams in an Efficient Response to Enhancing Retention Efforts at a Large Research Metropolitan University”. Wednesday June 13th from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

The Academic Advising Council welcomes you to join us in Bear Hall 281 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on Wednesday, June 13th, to view a webinar presented by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange.

The University of South Florida (USF) is a public metropolitan research institution enrolling 4,000+ first-year students each summer/fall. Historically, USF has maintained a rigorous focus on performance accountability and monitoring, with student success metrics being at the core. This level of monitoring has been enhanced with the emphasis on performance-based funding across Florida. To streamline the accountability work around student success metrics (e.g., retention, graduation rates), the university organized a Retention Committee to unify and incorporate a variety of strategies, including the use of predictive analytics (in-house, off-the shelf), a case-management approach to students, and cross-unit efforts to efficiently increase retention while maximizing resources. USF’s first-year retention rate has hovered at 89% and in order to improve the rate, the university has understood the need to focus heavily on coordinating the various retention and student success efforts already underway. The Retention Committee utilizes a pre-enrollment predictive model that identifies the top-tier of students identified as potentially not being retained and deploys an array of interventions. In tandem, a list of first-year students and persistence probability scores are securely provided to committee members for feedback on individual student cases. Through these efforts, the university is able to provide targeted interventions for students.

The presenters for the event will be:

Valeria Garcia, Charlene Herreid, & Michelle Bombaugh of The University of South Florida