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From the President

Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019

New Organizational Structure, Position to Lead Retention Efforts

As a follow-up to my report at last week’s College Senate meeting, I am announcing that, effective immediately, undergraduate retention efforts and services will be aligned under a new organizational structure.

Interim Provost James Mayrose and Vice President for Student Affairs Timothy Gordon will serve as the new co-leads on undergraduate retention, providing cabinet-level oversight, coordination, and assessment of retention initiatives across campus. The provost and the VPSA will also serve as the new co-chairs for the Committee on Undergraduate Retention.

Additionally, I have approved a new position—senior adviser for student success and retention—to manage day-to-day retention operations and services. The senior adviser will be responsible for the coordination, success, and efficiency of the college’s completion and retention programs and services. To that end, the position will report directly to the provost but will work across all divisions with an especially close tie to the Division of Student Affairs.

The senior adviser will coordinate and oversee programs within Academic Commons, Student Success, and special focus populations on campus (i.e., Honors, EOP, Compass, Say Yes, and Pipeline Programs). The senior adviser will ensure that effective data collection and analysis are occurring in all areas, that this information is properly coordinated, and that evidence-based recommendations are made to the co-leads on undergraduate retention and the President’s Cabinet. A search is currently underway for the position.

An organizational chart (PDF, 60 KB) for the new retention structure can be found online.

Sharing Select College Senate Announcements and Reports with All Faculty and Staff
Moving forward, I plan to continue to share pertinent excerpts such as this from the President’s Report to the College Senate—as well as highlights from presentations by members of the President’s Cabinet—on the Mondays following Senate meetings. While full reports and presentations can be found on the College Senate website, I want to ensure that all faculty and staff members are directly informed of updates as we continue to support our model of shared governance.

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