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New initiative launched to strenghthen graduation rates

By JESSICA PATTERSON
On January 28, 2013

A new program at Marshall University has been implemented to help advisors lead students to graduation.

Seth Moucka, lead consultant of the Educational Advisory Board, said his companys goal is to help universities across the nation.

The mission of the company is to share knowledge and best practices and help universities improve overall, Moucka said.

Moucka said employees of the Educational Advisory Board learned that several universities, including Marshall, were interested in finding ways to improve graduation rates as there is a struggle to improve graduation rates nationwide.

Moucka said the issue of students graduating late or not at all has state governments observing universities and thinking of performance based funding. The attention has created a need for a solution.

Moucka said the plan to solve the problem was to create The Student Success Collaborative, which could help professional and academic advisors track where their students stand on the path to graduation.

Corley Dennison, associate vice president of academic affairs, said the Student Success Collaborative program could help advisors suggest new majors to students who struggle in the courses designed for their intended major.

Advisors can use the program to look at grades from gateway courses to predict a students success in future courses, Dennison said.

Moucka said the program will show a red flag for students who are at risk of either failing courses needed to graduate or just taking too many excess courses that will not help the student fulfill the requirements of his or her intended major.

Moucka said the Student Success Collaborative program was created to help students prepare to graduate in a timely manner.

I think its a good program because its really helping students accomplish their dreams and fulfill their goals, Moucka said.

Moucka said the Student Success Collaborative program became available to advisors on Friday.

Jessica Patterson can be contacted at patterson73@marshall.edu.

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