Spartan Student Success Center Takes Aim at Retention
A new initiative takes aim at improving NSU’s student retention and graduation rates. The newly established Spartan Student Success Center is expected to increase the retention rate among fall 2012 freshmen and decrease the attrition rate for second-year students, improve student achievement and reduce the amount of time it takes students to complete their degrees.
Under the Center’s umbrella, in collaboration with other University offices, a full complement of academic support services will be provided. Those services include tutoring, academic enrichment, mentoring (life skills, the NSU citizen, engagement), advising, co-curricular activities, service learning activities, external scholarship opportunities, academic enrichment, a sophomore year program and faculty/staff development.
The Student Success Center is located in the Bowser Building, Suite 118 and some of the services offered formerly through the First Year Experience/ACCESS office are still currently in place. It is anticipated that this comprehensive effort will increase the fall 2012 freshman cohort retention rate by 1.5 percent by September 30, 2013, and decrease the attrition rate of the fall 2011 freshman cohort by 1 percent.
Ultimately, by September 30, 2017, the major objectives are to increase the retention rate for the freshman cohort from 73 percent to 80 percent and increase the six-year graduation rate for freshmen who entered the University in fall 2011 from 34 percent to 40 percent.