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Success by Design logo in the middle surrounded by four blocks with the names of the four implementation projects.

Success by Design has now moved to the implementation phase!

After months of gathering and assessing input from all campus constituents during our planning phase, four key student success projects emerged. These four projects focus on areas of national best practices and align closely with our Moon Shot for Equity initiative. Cross-divisional teams have been appointed to lead these campus-wide projects and work has begun in earnest to implement necessary changes to create a better experience for all our students. SBD is on the move! 

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Project Overview

Review of processes for admissions, financial aid, and accounts payable with goal to streamline or bolster processes to make them seamless for students. Will also review communication strategies for each part of the process.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 05: Offer Second chances for adult learners (as part of admissions’ communication strategy review)
  • 06: Audit registration holds and revise policies (as part of the communication and accounts payable review)
  • 07: Offer retention grants for in-need students
  • 08: Assess and align math requirements (potentially as part of Admissions reviews)
  • 12: Create pathways for transfer students
Name Title Area
Bonita Brown* Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Strategic Planning and Implementation
Bethany Bowling* Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Jim Buss* Dean Honors College
Brandon Billiter Director Student Account Services
Kelsey Haskins Assistant Director Admissions
Trenee Johnson Associate Director Student Financial Assistance
Alicia Revely Analyst UCAP
Aprile Conrad-Redden Lecturer and Academic Advisor College of Arts and Sciences
Amy Danzo Director Testing Services
Leah Stewart Assistant VP Enrollment & Financial Aid
Prudi Downs Sr. Business Systems Analyst Information Technology
Melissa Gorbandt Director Admissions
Rebecca Hansen Assistant Director International Admissions
Angela Calhoun Associate Registrar Registrar
Lori Wright Director Student Support Services
Stephanie Klatzke Associate Dean College of Informatics

*co-leads

Project Overview

Degree maps give students targets to complete their degrees on time. Degree maps help students avoid taking unneeded classes and save time and money. Co-curricular mapping allows students to identify what opportunities are available and determine the out-of-class experience they want to create for themselves.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 08: Assess and align math requirements
  • 10: Create undergraduate academic degree maps
  • 11: Leverage meta-majors to ease student pathways
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Brooke Buckley* Chair, Associate Professor Mathematics and Statistics
Jason Vest* Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor Academic Affairs
Allen Cole University Registrar Registrar
Tiffany Mayse Student Engagement Student Affairs
Amy Racke Advising Center College of Arts & Sciences
Frank Robinson Director Norse Advising
Diane Williams Director Learning PLUS
Prudi Downs Sr. Business Systems Analyst Information Technology
Sherri Jones Assistant Director  Student Financial Assistance
Amanda Meeker Associate Director Career Services
Arnie Slaughter Assistant Vice President  Student Affairs
Sarah Aikman Director Student Union & Programming

*co-leads

Project Overview

Developing coordinated care is imperative for ensuring a consistent experience for students that promotes belonging and resilience; academic advisors are at the core of this model. Advisors act as student care managers and develop academic plans to ensure academic success.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 13: Leverage technology for proactive advising
  • 14: Make student care a coordinated effort
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Gannon Tagher* Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Associate Professor Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Abdou Ndoye* Interim Vice Provost, Associate Professor Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Ryan Padgett Assistant VP Enrollment & Student Success
Frank Robinson Director Norse Advising
Jill Liebisch Library Education Advisor, Lecturer Steely Library
David Kime Advising Coordinator Honors Programs
Scott Patton Director University Housing
Bob Alston Assistant Dean Student Conduct, Rights & Advocacy
Meg Hensley Interim Unit Director CCAMPIS Grant PI and ELC Liasion Student Affairs
Peg Adams Director University Connect & Persist
Bill Froude Director Career Services
Sherri Jones Assistant Director Student Financial Assistance
Angela Calhoun Associate Registrar Registrar
Rebecca Hamm  Assistant Dean and Advising Center Director College of Informatics
Tim Ferguson Chief Information Officer Information Technology 
Jessica Ferguson Director, Academic Advising Haile College of Business

*co-leads

Project Overview

High-impact practices include a variety of experiential learning practices such as undergraduate research, internships, service learning and first year seminars among others.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 04: Expand community-based partnerships (in terms of internships, service learning, or other regional engagements
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Denice Robertson* Interim Director Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences College of Arts & Science
Shauna Reilly* Professor, Political Science  College of Arts & Science
Abdou Ndoye  Interim Vice Provost Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rhonda Davis Lecturer, Integrative Studies College of Arts & Science
Kajsa Larson Faculty, Associate Professor, World Languages & Literatures College of Arts & Science
Sandra Spataro Faculty, Professor, Management College of Business
Michelle Melish Assistant Director  Education Abroad
Jennifer Taylor Associate Director - Special Projects Information Technology
Chip Heath Faculty, Lecturer, Marketing, Sports Business& Construction Management College of Business
Jen Cellio Director Writing Instruction Program

*co-leads

Tripwire Identification

Project Overview

High-impact practices include a variety of experiential learning practices such as undergraduate research, internships, service learning and first year seminars among others.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 05: Offer Second chances for adult learners (as part of admissions’ communication strategy review)
  • 06: Audit registration holds and revise policies (as part of the communication and accounts payable review)
  • 07: Offer retention grants for in-need students
  • 08: Assess and align math requirements (potentially as part of Admissions reviews)
  • 12: Create pathways for transfer students
Name Title Area
Bonita Brown* Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer Strategic Planning and Implementation
Bethany Bowling* Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences
Jim Buss* Dean Honors College
Brandon Billiter Director Student Account Services
Kelsey Haskins Assistant Director Admissions
Trenee Johnson Associate Director Student Financial Assistance
Alicia Revely Analyst UCAP
Aprile Conrad-Redden Lecturer and Academic Advisor College of Arts and Sciences
Amy Danzo Director Testing Services
Leah Stewart Assistant VP Enrollment & Financial Aid
Prudi Downs Sr. Business Systems Analyst Information Technology
Melissa Gorbandt Director Admissions
Rebecca Hansen Assistant Director International Admissions
Angela Calhoun Associate Registrar Registrar
Lori Wright Director Student Support Services
Stephanie Klatzke Associate Dean College of Informatics

*co-leads

Degree, Co-Curricular & Career Mapping

Project Overview

Degree maps give students targets to complete their degrees on time. Degree maps help students avoid taking unneeded classes and save time and money. Co-curricular mapping allows students to identify what opportunities are available and determine the out-of-class experience they want to create for themselves.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 08: Assess and align math requirements
  • 10: Create undergraduate academic degree maps
  • 11: Leverage meta-majors to ease student pathways
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Brooke Buckley* Chair, Associate Professor Mathematics and Statistics
Jason Vest* Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs, Professor Academic Affairs
Allen Cole University Registrar Registrar
Tiffany Mayse Student Engagement Student Affairs
Amy Racke Advising Center College of Arts & Sciences
Frank Robinson Director Norse Advising
Diane Williams Director Learning PLUS
Prudi Downs Sr. Business Systems Analyst Information Technology
Sherri Jones Assistant Director  Student Financial Assistance
Amanda Meeker Associate Director Career Services
Arnie Slaughter Assistant Vice President  Student Affairs
Sarah Aikman Director Student Union & Programming

*co-leads

Advising & Coordinated Care

Project Overview

Developing coordinated care is imperative for ensuring a consistent experience for students that promotes belonging and resilience; academic advisors are at the core of this model. Advisors act as student care managers and develop academic plans to ensure academic success.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 13: Leverage technology for proactive advising
  • 14: Make student care a coordinated effort
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Gannon Tagher* Interim Assistant Vice Provost, Associate Professor Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Abdou Ndoye* Interim Vice Provost, Associate Professor Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Ryan Padgett Assistant VP Enrollment & Student Success
Frank Robinson Director Norse Advising
Jill Liebisch Library Education Advisor, Lecturer Steely Library
David Kime Advising Coordinator Honors Programs
Scott Patton Director University Housing
Bob Alston Assistant Dean Student Conduct, Rights & Advocacy
Meg Hensley Interim Unit Director CCAMPIS Grant PI and ELC Liasion Student Affairs
Peg Adams Director University Connect & Persist
Bill Froude Director Career Services
Sherri Jones Assistant Director Student Financial Assistance
Angela Calhoun Associate Registrar Registrar
Rebecca Hamm  Assistant Dean and Advising Center Director College of Informatics
Tim Ferguson Chief Information Officer Information Technology 
Jessica Ferguson Director, Academic Advising Haile College of Business

*co-leads

High Impact Practices

Project Overview

High-impact practices include a variety of experiential learning practices such as undergraduate research, internships, service learning and first year seminars among others.

Moon Shot for Equity logo

Moon Shot Best Practices Alignment

  • 04: Expand community-based partnerships (in terms of internships, service learning, or other regional engagements
  • 15: Foster student belongingness
Name Title Area
Denice Robertson* Interim Director Center for Teaching and Learning, Senior Lecturer, Biological Sciences College of Arts & Science
Shauna Reilly* Professor, Political Science  College of Arts & Science
Abdou Ndoye  Interim Vice Provost Undergraduate Academic Affairs
Rhonda Davis Lecturer, Integrative Studies College of Arts & Science
Kajsa Larson Faculty, Associate Professor, World Languages & Literatures College of Arts & Science
Sandra Spataro Faculty, Professor, Management College of Business
Michelle Melish Assistant Director  Education Abroad
Jennifer Taylor Associate Director - Special Projects Information Technology
Chip Heath Faculty, Lecturer, Marketing, Sports Business& Construction Management College of Business
Jen Cellio Director Writing Instruction Program

*co-leads

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