Improving faculty advising with a customized approach to SSC implementation

Slippery Rock University

  • About: Slippery Rock University (SRU) is a mid-sized public master's university in Pennsylvania with an undergraduate enrollment of 7,583 and a six-year graduation rate of 68%.

Impact Highlights

  • Challenge: SRU is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), which means all advising is done by unionized faculty as part of a state-wide collective bargaining agreement. Within this environment, SRU recognized an opportunity to better support faculty advisors, specifically in the areas of information delivery and professional development.

  • Solution: SRU successfully engaged all 22 departments during the rollout of SSC and encouraged collaboration in various ways. In addition, SRU leadership built a robust digital resource portal to serve as a toolbox for faculty advisors.

  • Impact: SRU’s investment in raising the value of advising helped them to increase first-to-second year retention by nearly two percentage points, from 81.6% to 83.3%.


Driving SSC Adoption and Early Outcomes among Faculty
Implementation Plan Accounted for the Unique Role of Faculty Advisors at SRU

Driving SSC Adoption and Early Outcomes Among Faculty



Building and Centralizing Resources to Maintain Momentum
Online Portal Houses Resources for Leveraging SSC and Improving Advising Practices

Building and Centralizing Resources to Maintain Momentum


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