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Academic leaders need the support of departments and their faculty to improve institutional graduation rates. But if you measure departments on the time from their majors’ matriculation to graduation, you have probably heard at least one of these common objections: Departments may not even have contact with their majors until they have completed first- and…

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Students often struggle to navigate and connect institutions’ siloed, disparate academic and cocurricular opportunities. Faculty, academic leaders, and student services leaders can guide students in their decision-making by clearly articulating how academic and nonacademic opportunities fit together. To enable this articulation, leading institutions provide experiential major maps that help students make informed coursework decisions, encourage…

A growing body of research, including EAB’s own this past year, tells us that students’ sense of belonging on campus is crucial not only for student success and persistence, but for student equity. Feeling respected, welcomed, and valued is correlated with outcomes like higher grades, retention, and engagement. Yet demographic disparities in these outcomes remain,…

As part of our recent research on Overcoming Barriers to Equity in Student Success, EAB catalogued leading indicators of persisting gaps in student outcomes between underrepresented students and majority students. We uncovered over 100 barriers to equitable student outcomes through literature review, research interviews, and analysis of student success data. Some of the disparities were…

Most academic affairs leaders can readily name dozens of student retention and support initiatives in place on their campus. But which of these initiatives (many of them expensive to maintain) are truly effective? In an environment where nearly everything affects a student’s likelihood to persist, how can we know which particular program or intervention made…

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About the Webconference As institutions seek to keep students on-track for timely graduation, summer session and accelerated regular-term courses have emerged as an underutilized opportunity to advance students. However, rigid policies and schedules offer limited options for students to course-correct to remain on track for timely graduation. In this webconference we will discuss key strategies…

About the Webconference A small, but growing number of universities has reorganized academic departments into new interdisciplinary structures, often called divisions. With the right leadership structures and delineation of responsibilities, divisional models of governance can lead to completely interdisciplinary modes of teaching, conducting research, and sharing resources. This webconference covers the six key components of…

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