Linda_BeerBy Linda Beer, Dean of Student Affairs

The MnSCU Academic & Student Affairs Leadership Fall Conference provided me the opportunity to hear from Chancellor Rosenstone and Vice Chancellor Knowlton on the vision for MnSCU and higher education in Minnesota. This year’s conference agenda was organized to provide professional development opportunities to support the achievement of strategic framework objectives. The 7 tracks were: Development Education, Analytics/Performance Metrics, Extraordinary Education, Leadership, Workforce Development, Online/Technology, and Completion/Retention.

I took the opportunity to attend several breakout sessions in the Completion/Retention track. As other institutions shared their research, initiatives and strategies it was a great affirmation to learn that SCC has a great start in addressing student retention. To frame these accomplishments, I will share some work that the Student Engagement Committee has undertaken to utilize a resource our team members brought back after attending the Noel Levitz National Student Recruitment and Retention Conference. Specifically we have taken the Noel Levitz top 35 Retention Strategies list, and added SCC’s accomplishments/projects. As our team worked through the list, we feel confident that we have 30 of the 35 strategies in place or under development. Some of the Noel Levitz strategies and SCC accomplishments include:

1. Offer a wide array of student extracurricular activities. Did you know that SCC:

2. Conduct student satisfaction surveys on a systematic basis. Did you know that SCC:

3. Require that students on academic probation participate in a success program that includes learning contract. Did you know that SCC:

4. Provide online and in-person tutorial support…such as stress/time management, substance abuse, and study skills. Did you know that SCC:

5. Establish an office devoted entirely to improvement of the teaching learning process. Did you know that SCC:

6. Develop an institutional academic advising plan that includes the components that are associated with successful delivery and organization
of advising services. Did you know that SCC:

7. Change the attitude in serving students. Did you know that SCC: