Dear Loyola faculty and staff,
As you know, student persistence is a key performance indicator and measure of success in higher education. All of us hold the improvement of student enrollment and retention as key university goals.
While we will not know final numbers until the end of September, I am pleased to share with you that Loyola is currently showing a remarkable increase in its retention of first-year students. As you can see by the year-to-year information below, in just three years, our first-year retention rate has grown from 79 to 86.5 percent. We are currently tracking almost 5 percent above where we were this date and time last year. We are also well exceeding (by more than 2 percent) our aggressive goal of reaching an 84 percent first-year retention rate by this fall. While some fluctuation can be expected, this is wonderful news!
7/11/18 17F to 18F retention = 86.5%
7/7/17 16F to 17F retention = 81.9%
7/21/16 15F to 16F retention = 78.8%
7/6/15 14F to 15F retention = 76.8%
This incredible success would not be possible without the hard work and attention of everyone on campus. Each of us has a role in student success and the student experience.
We owe special thanks to the members of the Project Magis Retention Workstream, who worked hard to introduce new benchmark practices that improved our student experience, helped increase our retention rates, contributed to student success, and improved the student experience at Loyola.
Liz Rainey, director of student success, and Dr. M.L. “Cissy” Petty, former vice president of student affairs, have led the workstream since April 2017, which included the following members:
- Kate Adams, William and Audrey Hutchinson Professor of English
- Jeff Albert, Associate Professor of Music Industry Technology
- Robert Bell, Director of Writing and Learning Services
- John Biguenet, Robert Hunter Distinguished Professor of English
- Jill Boatright, Director of the Career Development Center
- Alicia Bourque, Interim Executive Director of Student Affairs
- Amy Boyle, Director of Residential Life
- Zach Bracey, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Leadership
- Paul Buehler, Interim Director of Academic Advising
- Sybol Cook Anderson, Chief Diversity Officer
- Josh Harris, Assistant Director of Student Success
- Donald Hauber, Chair and Provost Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences
- Angie Brocato Hoffer, Assistant Director of Academic Advising
- Ashley Howard, Assistant Professor of History
- Roberta Kaskel, Former Executive Director of Career Development
- Laura Jayne, Director of Student Services, School of Mass Communications
- Carol Ann MacGregor, Senior Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness
- Mary Musso, Senior Accountant
- Dale O’Neill, Director of Student Involvement and Leadership
- Brad Petitfils, Former Senior Director of Student Success and Retention
- Uriel Quesada, Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
- Nancy Rowe, Associate Director of Learning Resources
- Nate Straight, Director of Institutional Effectiveness
- Diana Ward, Chief Student Conduct Officer and Title IX Deputy
- Asia Wong, Associate Director of University Counseling Center
- Victoria Vega, Professor of Music Therapy
The workstream is always looking for new ideas and welcomes new members. If you would like to participate, please contact Liz Rainey, director of student success, at email@example.com.
And if you have not already done so, please also stop by our brand-new Pan-American Life Student Success Center (PALSSC) to learn more about the wonderful resources and technology available to students at Loyola.
With deep gratitude, thank you for all that you do for Loyola.