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Activity #2 - Enhancing Student Success and Engagement

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: The Enhancing Student Success and Engagement activity is designed to focus on a serious challenge for Alabama A&M University—increasing the retention, persistence and graduation rates (RPG) of Alabama A&M University (AAMU) students, particularly those student populations at-risk of attrition. Two points of focus for this grant are 1) enhancing academic support and 2) strengthening student retention. Specific initiatives addressed through this Title III grant include strengthening academic advising and providing additional academic support for students who demonstrate characteristics that place them at a high risk for failure in completing degree requirements.  This initiative perfectly aligns with the University’s Strategic Priority 1, Goal 1, which is to strengthen and grow the University by creating strategic academic investments and enhancing the academic and co-curricular experience to meet the changing educational needs of students.  Additionally, this initiative aligns with the University’s objective to increase the retention rate by 7 percent by the end of the 2020 academic year, and to increase the graduation rate to 40 percent by the end of the 2020 academic year.

Enhancing Student Success has multiple inter-related components to improve retention, persistence and graduation rates. First, enhancing advising will provide additional targeted intrusive retention plans for those students who are at an elevated risk of attrition through a coordinated, and collaborative infrastructure for academic advising enhanced through policy and technology. Secondly, technology enhanced academic support for co-requisite remediation in gateway general education courses ENG 101, HIS 101 and MTH 112 will be researched, designed, developed and piloted.  Lastly, Fifteen to Completion strategies to include an Academic Success Seminar (AS2C) courses to increase students at-risk of attrition to encourage students to take full course loads through the “flat tuition” model and pass at least 15 hours each semester as they persist to degree completion within 4 years (eight semesters) will be researched, designed and developed.

Activity Director: Dr. Pamela Thompson
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Telephone Number: 256-372-4427