May 16, 2014
Over the last academic year, members of the Office of the Provost met with campus leaders to discuss the topic of student persistence and success. They included the Committee for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR), the Deans of the academic colleges, and others to collaborate on the development of methods to improve undergraduate student retention, persistence, and graduation at Texas Tech University. The results of these discussions, previous institutional investigations, and earlier strategic plans provide a framework for addressing student persistence and success. We are now at a point of engaging the broader campus in undertaking a retention initiative. Over the summer months, a series of meetings and presentations will be scheduled through the Office of the Provost to introduce the actions and goals that will be part of this institutional effort.
The current focus on student persistence, retention, and graduation is a natural extension of the university’s commitment to an academic culture recognized for its focus on student success. The implementation of the retention initiative is intended to yield measurable gains in student success, persistence, retention, and graduation rates. This initiative will be led by the Office of the Provost, under the supervision of Dr. Juan Munoz, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Student Affairs, in collaboration with the academic colleges, student affairs units, and support and auxiliary areas. The Texas Tech University Retention Initiative (TTU-RI) will emphasize the following:
With the implementation of this plan, Texas Tech will be positioned to set clear benchmarks for student success by department, major, college and sub-populations in a manner that it has not previously experienced.
Further, this approach will help guide the university’s overall undergraduate retention initiative, identify concrete improvement metrics, and ensure that improvements to student success in the form of persistence, retention, and graduation are realized within a strategic timeline, and, just as important, are sustainable over time.
A schedule of related planning events or presentations will be announced in June. Although initial planning and organizational events will begin during the summer, opportunities for broader faculty involvement will be provided with the start of the fall semester.