Retention and Completion Council

The Retention and Completion Council serves as one of the four major councils of the SEM structure, reporting to the SEM Steering Committee and overseeing various subcommittees.

Duties and charges

The overall work of the Retention and Completion Council encapsulates the development of strategic goals for retention of current students and graduation and strategies to attain those goals. Accordingly, this committee is assigned the following charges:

  • In coordination with the Steering Committee, set retention goals for subpopulations of students (e.g., FTNICS, transfer students, graduate students, student representing underrepresented populations, international students, non-traditional students) to be achieved.
  • Appoint subcommittees, as needed, and develop, review, and approve charges and action plans for these groups.
  • Support the Steering Committee in establishing coordination and eliminating overlap of retention plans under academic colleges, Admissions, Graduate College, International Services, and other areas. Include coordination with college councils.
  • Employ actions and modify processes that eliminate barriers that impair student success.
  • Ensure retention and graduation strategies and tactics utilized throughout campus are consistent and best practices.
  • Define performance indicators and measurable outcomes that can be used to assess the goals and strategies of this council.
  • Examine issues of student success and persistence and recommend strategies for maximizing student success.
  • Review and make recommendations regarding opportunities for students participate in high impact practices.
  • Examine existing and ongoing institutional research on student engagement and student satisfaction to determine areas of strength and concern that impact retention and completion.
  • In coordination with the Marketing and Communications Subcommittee, review and make recommendations regarding communication methods and platforms for continuing students.
  • Research students who earn a significant number of hours but do not graduate, and determine why they do not complete, if there are barriers that can be removed, and if initiatives can be developed to help them graduate (e.g., senior completion grant).

Council members

Dr. Michele D. Smith

Dr. Michele D. Smith

Assistant Vice President Student Affairs/Dean of Students
Associate Professor

Co-chair

Dr. Kelly S. Wood

Co-chair

Dr. John F. Chuchiak

Dr. John F. Chuchiak

Distingished Professor
Director of Honors College

Carole K. Douglas

Carole K. Douglas

Assistant Director Residence Life-Ed and Dev