Redefining the Classroom

Title III Strengthening Institution Grant

Strategies: Momentum Points

LSSU's communicated policies can act as unnecessary barriers to student success. LSSU intends to address this issue by identifying "momentum points" in student progression to degree completion, reviewing its policies and procedures for clarity and identification of potential barriers, and making appropriate modifications.

The Title III Activity Director will coordinate efforts by staff in the Advising Retention & Orientation office and will work with upper administration to establish a TALK team of faculty, staff and administrators to oversee institutional planning and action for student success. Team members will overlap with two existing university committees on Retention and Academic Policies and Procedures, with additional faculty and staff identified to provide campus-wide representation.

The TALK team will identify the policies and procedures to be reviewed and submit requests to the University Policies and Procedures Committee to make appropriate modifications and to distribute the revised policy and procedure to faculty, staff and students through the university portal.

To begin aligning institutional action with student need, the TALK team will review the reports submitted by the Retention Committee, and identify the various momentum points in which different student groups are most at-risk of not completing their programs. Once the momentum points are established, the team can re-assess the institutional policies and actions to reduce barriers and promote student progression to degree completion in a timely manner. Vince Tinto a nationally recognized expert on retention states, "Effective institutions employ evidence of student experiences and outcomes in their decision-making. They assess their actions and policies, modify them when necessary, carefully align them to the same end, and invest resources over the long term to achieve that end."