Nine colleges named 'Models of Excellence' for student success

Institutions focused on helping students both inside and outside the classroom


University Business partnered with CASHNet to recognize nine institutions as "Summer 2016 Models of Excellence."

Colleges and universities that earned the distinction were honored for improving academic outcomes, as well as other aspects of student success, including:

  • Adjustment to college life;
  • Boosting graduation rates;
  • Boosting retention;
  • Career preparation and guidance;
  • Engagement with campus life;
  • Expanding college access;
  • Financial literacy/responsibility; and
  • Life skills attainment.

University Business highlighted programs and initiatives dedicated to student success at nine institutions. Three of those schools—California State University, San Bernardino; Middle Tennessee State University; and Indiana University Southeast—are members of EAB's Student Success Collaborative—Campus.  

"It's fantastic to see so many of our members get recognized for their student success efforts.  Many of these innovations can be immediately transferable to any school trying to move dial on the retention and graduation rates," says Ed Venit, an EAB senior director.

The spotlighted institutions and programs were:

California State University, San Bernardino's Vital and Expanded Technologies Initiative (VETI)

VETI offers competitive grants to fund technology projects focused on improving student learning and success. Projects have included an upgrade to the Multimedia Language Center Computer Lab and the creation of handheld GPS technology for the geography department.

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Cleveland State University's Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program

The Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program creates customized learning sessions and learning experiences for high school students aging out of the foster care system. In addition to academic support and advising, students receive free housing, laptops, work-study employment, and money for tuition and books.

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Middle Tennessee State University's REBOUND Program

Students struggling academically are notified about their standing and encouraged to participate in a two-day REBOUND event, during which students attend workshops on financial aid, study skills, time management, tutoring, and personal accountability.

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University of Nebraska-Lincoln's (UNL) Academic Probation Recovery Program

UNL issues Academic Recovery Plans to students on academic probation. Students who fail to meet program requirements, including meeting with academic recovery coaches, cannot register for classes the following year.

Franklin University's (FU) MyTransferCredit App

With more than 90% of students at FU transferring credits, the university developed an app to help applicants easily determine how long it will take to complete their degrees and at what cost.

Indiana University Southeast's First Year Retention and Student Transition (FYRST) Program

FYRST helps struggling first-year students, with a focus on those who need support managing their time and money.

LDS Business College's Mock Interview Week

During mock interview week, college staff and administrators conduct interviews to help students make a great impression and teach them job readiness skills.

University of Wisconsin-Parkside's App Factory

Students train fellow students in this year-round, multidisciplinary internship program where participants develop mobile apps and web tools for local businesses. It's also paid.

Christopher Newport University's Captains Anchored for Success: A Universitywide Retention Program Enhanced by Technology

This program brings together all departments within CNU to contribute to retention programs such as thematic learning communities for freshmen, specialized advising, and early-warning systems.

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(Zalaznick, University Business, accessed 8/3/16; University Business, accessed 8/3/16).


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