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Brown Bag Lunch focuses on enhancing student success

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Southeast provost Mike Godard speaks to faculty and students about how to prepare students to be successful in their futures.
Photo by Miya Andrews

The president’s office at Southeast held a Brown Bag Lunch on Wednesday, Feb.26 to bring university members together to discuss student success in the Academic Hall Auditorium.

Southeast Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success Deborah Below spoke on the best practices to make transformations for Southeast.

An application was a framework that helps put together strategic initiatives which were called Enhancing Recruitment Success and as they work towards that they would be defining goals,strategies, objectives, and action.

University officials highlighted many departments that have individually been working to improve students' success. They spoke on the attendance in mathematics courses and encouraged faculty to report attendance for all the developmental and 100-level mathematics courses.

“This was a follow up to specifically focus on [student success] and what has been accomplished in the last year,” Ann Hayes, director of university communications, said.

Southeast Chief of staff, Assistance to the President for Strategy and Government Relations and Secretary to the Boards of Regents Chris Martin said through the event, the university hoped to provide students and faculty with examples and updates on initiatives related to student success.

The university began using SupportNet within the past year so faculty could better support and advise students through technology.

Academic advisor Jessica Brethold has attended the Brown Bag Lunch in the past and on wednesday and said she always enjoyed hearing about the upcoming new plans Southeast arranged.

At the Brown Bag Lunch spoke on the university future plans they have going on to further the things they are already doing.

The university is moving into Starfish Analytics, which is an online student engagement tool used to connect faculty, staff and students to better support students and their academic success.

The university's new goal for Starfish Analytics is to aim to empower the chairs to have data and program coordinators to make decisions as they look ahead to what could be for the students and the curriculum.

Southeast Provost Mike Godard spoke at the Brown Bag Lunch Wednesday about other ways to bring resources into the institution such as Title III grant initiative which they are looking at offered by the U.S. Department of Education.

Southeast holds a Brown Bag Lunch once a year to talk about situations among the university and to talk about how to make the university better for the students and faculty.