Improving Student Success Can’t Be a One-Office Effort

TalkingEDUSmall.jpgAssociate Vice Chancellor/Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Student Success, SUNY, Paul Marthers has posted Improving Student Success Can’t Be a One-Office Effort as part of the series Managing the Student Lifecycle on the Academic Impressions website.

With more than 25 years working in student enrollment and student affairs, Marthers sees the ongoing reorganization of student affairs at campuses across the country, “often driven by cost reduction, “as the perfect opportunity for extending the conversation to include restructuring as “a whole campus endeavor.” That the time has come to, “allocate resources in ways that help the institution manage the whole student lifecycle.” Marthers believes that such an effort is equally as critical to reducing costs and can only be achieved by eliminating the so called silos of isolated individual offices once and for all. Marthers believes that such a realignment will only be successful when focus is shifted away from individual department goals to a shared vision and supporting process changes that encompass everything from recruitment to graduation.

Marthers proposes three approaches that institutions could use to adopt a student lifecycle approach and, “achieving this organizational alignment:”

  1. Structural integration (merging divisions)
  2. Operational integration (establishing committees or working groups)
  3. Programmatic integration (collaborating on a specific initiative)

Marthers argues that there are many more examples of successful programs that could be adopted. “Whatever model you adopt or adapt for your campus, it is essential that professionals from academic advising, enrollment management, and student affairs work together intentionally to manage the whole student lifecycle in ways that promote retention and graduation.”

 

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