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STRATEGY 1A: INCREASE RETENTION RATES FALL TO FALL

Project Lead

Retention Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Mary Fontes
  • Steve Crittenden
  • Rocky Ammerman
  • Perkins Program Initiative
  • Access and Opportunity Initiative.
  • Early Alert.
  • Tracking a cohort group who completed the ESL ACCUPLACER test for success.
  • Handout for Online Students (Online Orientation).
  • Academic Monitoring for Student Athletes.
  • Complete and accurate information to students and employees information.
  • Review student affairs policies and how they impact student retention or success rates.
  • SENSE, CCSSE, and CCRSSE results drive initiative for the retention committee.
  • Starter list of questions for faculty making programming changes.
  • Freshman Experience class.
  • Career planning sessions.
  • Timely topic communication.
  • Email as the official form of communications.
  • Faculty – office doors not opened during office hours – faculty available when needed.
Project Contributor

Diversity Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Gene Klinke
  • Establish and Utilize GPS Life Plan to encourage students to plan and refine career and educational goals.
  • Ask student organizations to plan for more campus-wide or inter-disciplinary programs to involve a greater number of students.
  • Write a “one-stop” document that will include all relevant information for incoming students regarding financial aid, Accuplacer, and enrollment.
Project Contributor

Developmental Education Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • Develop Evaluation Plan for Developmental Education:
    • Compare Northland College to other institutions.
    • “Self-Study.”

STRATEGY 1B: INCREASE GRADUATION RATES

Project Lead

Academic Affairs & Standards Council

Management Lead(s):

  • Kent Hanson
  • Review academic policies and how they impact student completion rates – revise policies.
  • Review individual academic programs with lower graduation rates to determine if revisions are necessary.
  • Develop a two-year rotation list with the semester(s) when courses are offered.
  • Update visibility of the web for self-advising – develop and clean up academic database.
  • Continually review courses based on academic rigor and integrity brought forward by faculty.
Project Contributor

Developmental Education Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • Investigate alternative developmental course offerings:
    • A multi-course ENGL/READ series -2.
    • I-BEST approach – Washington State.
    • Bridge from ABE (Partnering).
Project Contributor

Retention Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Mary Fontes
  • Steve Crittenden
  • Rocky Ammerman
  • Perkins Program Initiatives.
  • Access and Opportunities Initiatives.
  • Self-advising tool.
  • Following up on students who have applied for graduate but have not completed requirements.
  • Clarify web information so there is no confusion on program requirements.
Project Contributor

Transfer & Articulation Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • Establish Northland College’s chart for cut scores and course equivalents:
    • Excelsior (formerly Regents College exams).
    • CLEP.
    • DSST (formerly DANTES).
    • AP (Advanced Placement).
  • Compile list of academic terminology that needs clarification:
    • Prerequisite courses.
    • Developmental (remedial) courses.
    • Prepatory courses.
    • Articulation agreement.
    • Transfer agreement.
Project Contributor

Diversity Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Gene Klinke
  • Request faculty craft curricular piece of assist ESL students in Allied Health Science Programs.

STRATEGY 1C: INCREASE TRANSFER RATES TO BACCALAUREATE INSTITUTIONS

Project Lead

Transfer & Articulation Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • Complete articulation of Liberal Arts transfer certificates.
  • Pursue new articulation agreements.
  • Review and renew existing articulation agreements.
Project Contributor

Developmental Education Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • None listed
Project Contributor

Diversity Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Gene Klinke
  • Have three off-campus trips each academic year to a rotating list of 4-year colleges and universities annually.
  • Encourage Minnesota metropolitan area university recruiters to visit Northland College campuses more regularly.

STRATEGY 2A: CLOSE THE ACHIEVEMENT GAP

Project Lead

Diversity Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Gene Klinke
  • Provide intrusive advisement to under-represented students.
  • Provide subject-specific supplement instruction for under-represented students.
  • Create social integration programs and activities for under-represented students.
  • Incorporate East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls Multicultural Clubs to create one unified student/faculty group for diversity programming.
  • Continue to promote and utilize “Early Alert” process to identify and reach out to at-risk students.
Project Contributor

Developmental Education Committee

Management Lead(s):

  • Norma Konschak
  • Task force on ESL – (supplemental inst).