Update and input session for Student Success Initiative set for April 29; register today

Join the conversation! The Student Success Initiative will host a virtual update and input session Thursday, April 29, at 4:30 p.m. via Microsoft Teams. Register online now to receive a link to the Teams meeting the morning of the event.

The Student Success Initiative, which President Lovell announced at his January address, seeks to better support students at the individual level, significantly increase four-year graduation rates and decrease student debt. All students, faculty and staff are welcome and encouraged to attend the virtual input session to learn more about and provide valuable feedback on this important new initiative.

“Our undergraduate Student Success Initiative emerges out of Marquette University’s mission, while being aligned with our strategic plan, Beyond Boundaries, and our institutional diversity, equity and inclusion plan,” President Lovell wrote in the initiative’s charge. “Our mission has driven Marquette to expand educational access and opportunity—we were the first Catholic institution of higher education to admit both men and women in 1909; our Educational Opportunity Program was on of the first TRIO programs nationally in 1969. Today, in 2021, we must go further than ever before to support the success of students of from all backgrounds.”

The Student Success Initiative’s charge calls for three immediate priorities:

  1. Increasing retention rates with an initial focus on Year 1 to 2 and Year 2 to 3 retention
  2. Identifying barriers to graduation and reducing time to graduation
  3. Creating a coordinated network of student support services

Input collected at the April 29 session will be used by the Student Success Initiative coordinating committee to further develop the initiative’s overall strategy and implementation framework. The committee is made up of the following:

  • Erik Albinson, director of student educational services
  • Joya Crear, assistant vice president for student affairs
  • Sarah Feldner, dean, Diederich College of Communication, co-chair
  • Darren Jackson, trustee emeritus and innovator-in-residence, Opus College of Engineering
  • Karen Robinson, associate professor of nursing, co-chair
  • John Su, vice provost for academic affairs, co-chair
  • Susan Teerink, associate vice provost for financial aid and enrollment services
  • William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence

Watch Marquette Today for more Student Success Initiative updates, including the development of a new website.