Mission and goals

Our mission is to increase student success and improve retention. We will accomplish this goal by:

  • sharpening focus on student achievement by creating a coherent design for first-year courses, academic support, and co-curricular programming
  • creating a community of accomplished teacher-scholars who commit to first-year education, and supporting them so they can do their best work
  • systematically assessing our efforts to understand how and what our students are learning and use the results to improve instruction and support programs
  • closely monitoring the progress of first-year students and developing coordinated action plans for intervention and support
  • designing advising to focus on student decision making, planning, and development of student responsibility and efficacy
  • creating distinct pathways for subgroups of our admitted students who will benefit from stronger support
  • creating a strong framework for learning in the first year by situating the liberal studies program as a foundation for undergraduate learning
  • supporting innovation in teaching, learning, mentoring, and advisement
  • increasing academic and community engagement through deliberate coordination among curricular, co-curricular, and experiential learning programs