2 Rose State College Enrolls over 8,500 students per semester Founded in 1970Average time to graduation is 5.7 yearsAverage age is 24Substantial diversity 35.6 percent of student body is non-whitePart-time students account for percent
3 Our StudentsOur 13 primary feeder high schools have college-bound seniors with a remediation rate of percentThe state average for remediation is 37.4 percent; for community colleges, the average is 50.0 percent.RSC is designated as a Title III institution, and 44.2 percent of our students receive a Pell Grant.Our students have both preparation barriers and income barriers for success.
4 The Military Dimension Each semester, on average, 9 percent of our students are active-duty militaryAdditionally, many of our students are military dependents or civilian employees of the military.Consequently, they are affected by the dynamics of deployment.RSC’s neighbor is a military base with 18,000 civilian employees and 8,000 military personnel.The BRAC process has “protected” Tinker Air Force Base and called for 400 new military families to be moved to be base.
5 A Fluid MarketplaceWithin the Oklahoma City metropolitan area, there are 17 institutions with whom we compete—for initial enrollment and for retention of students.In addition, there are 10 publicly funded technology centers (vocational technical schools).
6 Nationally ranked and externally accredited academic programs and campus services in: Physics The Strategic Programs for Innovations in Undergraduate Physics at Two Year Colleges named RSC Physics Program one of the Top 10 in the United StatesDental Hygiene Enjoys a 100 percent pass rate and 100 percent placement rate. Health Sciences Pass Rate on Licensure Exams is 96 percent; Health Sciences Division has 139 clinical affiliationsWellness Program Award of Excellence by Oklahoma Turning Point Council, Oklahoma Academy for State Goals and the Oklahoma State Department of Health—for two years running!
7 Exemplary Initiatives Award RSC was selected for recognition for its Finish What You Start campaign by the National Council of Instructional Administrators.Perfect Partner AwardRSC was recognized by the Oklahoma City Public Schools for its Adopt-a-School Program for two local elementary schools.
8 The ChallengeThe Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have started a move to increasingly rely upon performance funding models.Performance funding will be based on a number of factors—but key variables are retention and graduation rates.As already noted, our institution is challenged withHigher than average remediation rates for studentsA higher than average number of students receiving financial aidThe dynamics of military deployment due to a large part of our enrollment tied to the military community.The competition of 27 institutions within the Oklahoma City metro area.Oklahoma is projected to have a decline of 7.5 percent fewer high school graduates through 2011—with the college-going rate for those graduates at 51.2 percent compared to the national college-going rate of 56.6 percent.
10 The ResponseThe campaign implemented by College President Finish What You StartAction plan developed by Recruitment and Retention Committee; the Committee is composed of a cross-section of faculty, staff and studentsCreated a “corps” of stakeholders across the campus
11 Steps in ResponsePresident launched a “Big Heads” campaign to infuse the campus with the message.Significant changes to student services & student activities, including a reorganization of Student Affairs into core functional areas of Student Life and Enrollment Management
12 The Response Continued Leadership Programs EnhancedPresident’s Leadership Class a leadership corps of 20 students to “seed” the campus with proven leaders from high school.Ambassadors a recruiting student team that helps us penetrate markets; selectively chosen and used widely in recruiting and student eventsLegacy Scholars student to student advising; enrollment assistance; financial aid and scholarship assistancePeer Tutors Oklahoma Money Matters Program, a financial management and budgeting tool with participation incentives through AmeriCorps
13 Project SuccessConceived based on benchmarking using a model employed by the Community College of DenverProject Success is a faculty “advisement” day coordinated with the beginning of an enrollment cycleThe College used a blended enrollment, and Project Success brings students and faculty together to discuss classes, careers, transfer choices.Usually 75 faculty participate, and core student service functions are also represented at the event.To date, the event has been well-attended with about 600 students attending each event
14 MentoringTo help students form meaningful bonds to their major, to their faculty and to the campus and its services, mentoring programs have been developed:Faculty mentorsPeer mentoringCommunity mentoring
15 Case ManagementUsing a social services model/TRIO model, three staff were assigned to serve as case managers for a cohort of students drawn from first-time, full-time students. The case managersperiodically contacted the students to visit about career goals and objectives.held workshops with the students on goal setting, degree planning.connected students to other services on campus as appropriate.served as a single point of service for many tasks the student might need to accomplish.
16 Scholarship Leveraging The College’s tuition waiver resources have been reallocated to add emphasis upon retention.The College Foundation increased summer awards due to limited other federal and state aid during summer termsTuition waivers to returning students were increased by 15 percent. This strategy was made possible by the cancellation of soccer and tennis programs with reallocation focusing upon retentionAll students that apply and have a 3.00 GPA or higher have been served.
17 Raider Dayz Family Orientation The Raider Experience Meet Your CampusCollege Orientation& Academic StrategiesOnline Orientation
18 The Raider ExperienceThe Raider Experience is the redesigned orientation program and occurs across five dimensions:Family OrientationCollege Orientation & Academic StrategiesMeet Your Campus“Raider Dayz”Online Orientation
19 Early Alert System -- GradMax Started as an initiative by President based on software identified at Higher Learning Commission Annual MeetingStarted as a pilot effort for Fall 2004 with526 students16 coaches (College staff and faculty)Continued into Fall 2005 and was expanded to include 790 students and 20 coaches.
20 Early Alert System -- GradMax At risk students are registered for an Educational Planning course that focuses on life skills/study issuesStudents in these courses participate in an online software (GradMax) that permits the College to respond to student trends or individual student concernsServes as an early alert system for studentsStudent services staff serve as coaches for GradMax studentsAccess to online resources and services, including a comprehensive resource list
24 Next StepsThe goal is to maintain the effort, continue the change in campus culture and refine the efforts to best serve our students, our mission and to advance the efforts of Finish What You Start!Our current rate is 11.5 percent.The average time to graduation is 5.7 yearsOur effort is to change the campus culture to emphasize graduation.
25 Next Steps Annually assess our efforts and track students. Refine and improve as necessary.
26 For More Information www.rose.edu Feel free to contact us: Dr. Jeanie Webb(405)L. Dean Fisher(405)Dr. Jay Kinzer(405)
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