Council for Student Success

The Council for Student Success replaces the former Student Success and Retention Council.

Charge

  • Provide leadership and oversight of university-wide student success efforts
  • Create and charge standing and ad hoc working groups to address issues relevant to student success
  • Hear reports and recommendations from the working groups
  • Approve, enact, and evaluate courses of action to improve student success
  • Disseminate information about student success to campus stakeholders

Membership

  • Associate Provost for Academic Success (co-chair)
  • Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (co-chair)
  • Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dean of the Graduate School
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Student Success
  • Faculty Senate President
  • Provost and Executive Vice President
  • SGA President
  • Staff Senate President
  • Chairs of the Standing Working Groups

Members

MemberTitle|Role
Kurt BonieckiAssociate Provost for Academic Success | Council Co-Chair
Kevin ThomasAssociate Vice President for Enrollment Management | Council Co-Chair and Chair of the Communication Working Group
Angela WebsterAssociate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
Angela BarlowDean of the Graduate School
Kelly OwensDean of Students
Julia Winden FeyDirector of Student Success | Chair of the Innovation and Best Practices Working Group
Candice BarnesFaculty Senate President
Patricia PoulterProvost and Executive Vice President
Rose McGarritySGA President
Kimberly KlotzStaff Senate President
Susan SobelAssociate Dean and Director of Counseling | Chair of the Student Experience and Well-Being Working Group
Amy HawkinsDirector of the Center for Teaching Excellence | Chair of the Faculty Support Working Group
Amber HallDirector of Institutional Research | Chair of the Research and Data Reporting Working Group
Lesley GraybealDirector of Service-Learning and Volunteerism | Chair of the High-Impact Practices Working Group

Standing Working Groups

Each working group’s charge and membership is determined by the Council and may be modified or updated at any time as the Council deems appropriate. Working group charges and memberships listed here are current as of 2019-10-10.

Student Experience and Well-Being

Charge

  • Consider factors that affect students’ experiences and sense of well-being at UCA including, but not limited to, social belonging, coping with stress, financial literacy, personal relationships, and campus safety.
  • Recommend actions to improve students’ experiences and well-being
  • Assess the effectiveness of actions taken to improve students’ experiences and well-being

Membership

  • Associate Dean and Director of Counseling (chair)
  • Director of the Disability Resource Center
  • Director of Financial Aid (or designee)
  • Director of Housing and Residence Life (or designee)
  • Director of New Student Programs
  • Director of Diversity and Community
  • Director for Student Wellness
  • Faculty member from CHBS (appointed by the dean)
  • UCA Police Department designee
  • Veterans Services Coordinator

Faculty Support

Charge

  • Consider factors that affect teaching effectiveness and students’ academic outcomes
  • Recommend actions to support faculty teaching and improve students’ academic success
  • Assess the effectiveness of actions taken to support faculty teaching and improve students’ academic success

Membership

  • Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence (chair)
  • Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Chair of the Academic Council
  • Chair of the Faculty Senate Academic Affairs Subcommittee (or designee)
  • Director of the Department of Student Transitions (or designee)
  • Director of the Library (or designee)
  • Director of the UCA Core
  • Faculty member nominated by the Director of the CTE

Innovation and Best Practices

Charge

  • Review the extant literature to gain information on new or established best practices in higher education for improving student success
  • Research and develop new solutions to improve student success
  • Report findings to the CSS

Membership

  • Director of Student Success (chair)
  • Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Associate Vice President for Outreach and Community Engagement (or designee)
  • Director of the Department of Student Transitions
  • Up to four additional members selected and approved by the members above based on expertise and interests

Research and Data Reporting

Charge

  • Identify known and potential factors affecting student success
  • Evaluate and develop methods for collecting data on known and potential factors affecting student success
  • Analyze student success data and report findings to the CSS

Membership

  • Director of Institutional Research (chair)
  • Assistant Provost, Academic Assessment and General Education
  • Assistant Director of Student Success
  • Assistant Vice President for Division Operations of Student Services
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Associate Provost for Academic Success
  • Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Information Technology designee
  • Office of the Registrar designee

Communication

Charge

  • Develop, coordinate, and implement university-level communications with students and parents to positively affect enrollment and retention
  • Gather data necessary to support these communication efforts
  • Assess and report on the effectiveness of these communications

Membership

  • Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management (chair)
  • Designees from the following areas:
    • Academic Advising
    • Admissions
    • Athletic Academic Advising
    • Financial Aid
    • Graduate School
    • Honors College
    • Housing and Residence Life
    • Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
    • International Engagement
    • Learning Communities
    • New Student Programs
    • Office of Student Success
    • Office of the Registrar
    • Scholarship Compliance
    • Student Accounts
    • Student Life
    • Transfer Services
    • UCA Online
    • University Marketing and Communications

High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

Charge

  • Oversee the implementation of widely-tested curricular and co-curricular programs that increase student engagement, inclusion, and equitable outcomes for students (i.e., High-Impact Practices or HIPs) including, but not limited to, first-year experiences, learning communities, undergraduate research, study abroad, internships, and service-learning
  • Recommend new HIPs or improvements to existing HIPs
  • Assess the effectiveness of HIPs implemented at UCA

Membership

  • Director of Service-Learning and Volunteerism (chair)
  • Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement, Leadership, and Service
  • Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Associate Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
  • Dean of the Honors College (or designee)
  • Director of the Department of Student Transitions (or designee)
  • Director of Learning Communities (or designee)
  • Director of Education Abroad
  • Director of the UCA Core
  • Executive Director of Career Services (or designee)
  • Torreyson Library designee

Reports to

Provost and Executive Vice President

Meetings

Monthly

Page updated: January 21, 2019