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Supporting our Students at Pacific

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Supporting our students to ensure their success is a strategic priority at Pacific. At the institutional level, student success is essential to fulfilling Pacific's promise of a student-centered education.

At the Board of Regents January meeting it approved access to Strategic Initiative Funding (SIF) to create centralized assistance and early intervention tools for at-risk student populations to improve student success, through a collaboration between the Academic Division and the Division of Student Life. Four foundational areas where there are existing gaps in student support services at Pacific include

  1. Referral and Case Management Processes
  2. Advising
  3. Tutoring
  4. Developmental Skills

With those areas of need in mind, this proposal extends resources to create new student success programs and processes with the ultimate goal of ensuring student success through the centralization and coordination of tutoring services, the implementation of novel early alert tools to assist faculty in identifying at-risk students, the establishment of an intensive english second language program and implementation of more powerful advising and degree audit software.  Pacific will study the efficacy of these new programs and tools using five separate metrics, including

  1. Improved persistence and graduation rates
  2. Establishment of more efficient and coordinated student referral and case management
  3. Improved advising tools and processes for advisors and students
  4. Lower Fail/Drop/Withdrawal rates in "gateway" courses
  5. Better coordination and assessment of tutoring services campus wide

To view the Student Success SIF proposal, please click HERE. For more information or questions regarding the student success program, please contact Lou Matz, Assistant Provost for Academic Student Support and Retention, or Elisa Anders, Assistant Dean of Students.