Strategic Theme Two: Student Success and Engagement

Promote all aspects of student achievement through engaging curricular and co-curricular programs and services that empower personal and professional success.

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Theme Two Strategic Goal #1: Advancing Socially and Intellectually Transformative Learning

Objective #1:

Design a Student Success Strategy for Underrepresented and Underserved Students 

Develop equitable and inclusive programs that are designed to support students from underrepresented and/or underserved backgrounds.

Initiatives:

  • Design a data-driven plan for supporting underserved students 

KPIs:

  • Underrepresented and/or Underserved Enrollment (graduate/undergraduate)
  • First-year students from underrepresented and/or underserved populations
  • Graduation rates
  • Course pass rates
  • Student engagement (i.e., NSSE)

Timeline:

9 months to develop and implement

 

Objective #2:

Create a Career Ecosystem

Enhance career education and preparedness of undergraduate students by creating a career ecosystem, woven throughout curricular and co-curricular experiences throughout students’ time at Arcadia.

Initiatives:

  • Develop a strategy for career readiness of Arcadia graduates
  • Design and implement a Career Readiness Fellows Program to train faculty/staff as mentors
  • Launch a career and professional development web-based resource portal

KPIs:

  • New graduates employed or enrolled in graduate/professional education within six months of graduation
  • Faculty and staff who join the Career Readiness Fellows Program
  • Students using the Office of Career Education resources/services
  • Seniors participating in a career-building internship, practicum, or research experience
  • Career development courses in the curriculum

Timeline:

Strategy development by Summer 2020; Launch Fellows program by Fall 2020; Launch resource portal by Spring 2021

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Theme Two Strategic Goal #2: Implementing a Holistic Approach to Student Success and Achievement

Objective #1:

Create a Collaborative Model for Student Experience

Enlist the campus community in creating an institutional climate supportive of student success by integrating student-focused systems and service.

Initiatives:

  • Form a cross-functional Student Experience Task Force
  • Develop a Student Experience Vision Statement
  • Identify key initiatives for improving support of student success and achievement

KPIs:

  • Cross-functional units actively represented and participating in Student Experience Task Force and initiatives
  • Student Satisfaction Construct (NSSE)
  • Student Engagement Construct (NSSE)
  • Key Initiatives and outcomes identified

Timeline:

End of May 2020 - 6 months

 

Objective #2:

Develop a Practice that Informs, Facilitates, and Improves the Well-being of Students

Create a uniquely Arcadia framework based on best practices for inclusive excellence, student success, achievement, belonging, and well-being.

Initiatives:

  • Expand the use of student surveys for assessment and benchmarking
  • Develop a Thrive Index instrument that can be applied to various student cohorts

KPIs:

  • Assessment and benchmarking opportunities for student experience, satisfaction, and success (i.e., NSSE, SSI, GSS)
  • Areas of student experience assessed and benchmarked (i.e., transition, well-being, habits of the mind, satisfaction)
  • First-year student transition and engagement
  • Correlation between Thrive Index and traditional student success measures

Timeline:

1-3 months for prototype instruments; 12 months for the fully formed instruments

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Theme Two Strategic Goal #3: Championing a “Student at the Center” Framework

Objective #1:

Design a Robust New-Student Experience from Acceptance to the First Day of the Second Year

Through thoughtful attention to our students’ experience during their first year at Arcadia, including first-year, transfer and graduate students, design a comprehensive plan for this timeframe that includes targeted programs and communication plans which facilitate curricular and co-curricular activities, reflection, and learning.

Initiatives:

  • Identify and strengthen opportunities to enhance new students’ experience • Design programs to develop these opportunities • Develop a graduate student survey to measure engagement, satisfaction, expectations, and priorities

KPIs:

  • New Student Engagement, Satisfaction (e.g., NSSE - construct)
  • Average first term GPA of new students (FYS/TR/Grad)
  • Credit accumulation and satisfactory academic progress
  • Curricular and co-curricular collaborations and opportunities for students
  • New student retention rates fall to spring and fall to fall (FYS/TR/Grad) strong JEDI and/or Global content

Timeline:

Design - 6 months; Pilot - 12 months
 

Objective #2:

Provide High-quality, Meaningful Opportunities For Parents and Family Members to Engage with the Arcadia Community

Integrate critical elements of successful, sustainable, and scalable programs that seek to inform and connect families to the Arcadia community in impactful ways.

Initiatives:

  • Identify and create opportunities for family engagement
  • Develop communication programs for families to support their students throughout their Arcadia Experience

KPIs:

  • Outreaches that inform families about programs, events, and opportunities to engage
  • Social media engagement • Participation of families and guests at orientation
  • Participation of families and guests at family weekend
  • Professional development on family and community engagement
  • Parent giving
  • Participation from parents of underserved/ represented groups

Timeline:

July 2020 - 8 months

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Theme Two Strategic Goal #4: Creating a Vibrant Residential and Campus Environment

Objective #1:

Develop a Residential Engagement Strategy

Build a robust residential program that increases participation rate, enriches student learning, and fosters a spirit of engagement and community among students, staff, and faculty.

Initiatives:

  • Design a comprehensive residential strategy to include models for student well-being, academic engagement living and learning programs, special interest residential programs, and the Resident Assistant Program

KPIs:

  • Students living off-campus who move to on-campus housing
  • Quality of student housing, on-campus student life, student activities, overall satisfaction (i.e., NSSE)
  • Roommate changes
  • Retention rate of students in on-and off-campus housing
  • Attendance at campus events (e.g., athletic, performance, speakers, OID)

Timeline:

Strategy Development - 5 months; Implementation - 18 months

 

Objective #2:

Reimagine Arcadia’s Graduate Environment

Create a sense of belonging and enhance engagement for graduate students within and beyond their program.

Initiatives:

  • Identify issues and needs specific to our graduate students (including online)
  • Create a comprehensive strategy designed to improve graduate students’ overall experience

KPIs:

  • Resources available to graduate students during evenings and summer
  • Graduate student resource utilization rate during evenings and summer
  • Usage rate of campus services by graduate students
  • Engagement, satisfaction, sense of belonging (i.e., graduate student survey)

Timeline:

End of May 2021 - 18 months

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