Recruitment through Graduation Initiative Proposed Recommendations
1) Expand the current RGI Recruitment through Graduation Initiative (RGI) workgroup to continue the discussion and recommend priorities for implementation.
Expand group size with cross-college representation. Transfer leadership of the work group to co-chairs, one appointed by the Provost and the other by the Vice President for Student Life. Planning and Analysis representation on the RGI group as work moves forward to provide data essential to the discussion and development of priorities for implementation.
2) Design and Implement a Program Assessment Workshop for First Year through Senior Year High Impact Educational Practices (HIP)
Develop a matrix based on the Guided Pathways Project (Gates Foundation) to catalog High Impact Practices and programs already in existence at K-State: structured onboarding processes, academic maps, proactive career and academic advising, early alert systems, instructional support and co-curricular activities. Request time with the Undergraduate Program Council or another existing group to gather the information outlined above. Share current data on drop out patterns, the number of students who have exhausted financial aid eligibility, prospective roadblock courses, etc. ... After cataloging and identifying best practices across colleges determine what can be replicated, where gaps exist and formulate next steps.
3) Develop a Qualitative Study with K-State students to determine why they stay or go – beginning with traditional first-time freshman, moving next to transfer students. Work with Planning and Analysis to compare this K-State specific study with other student data sets and national studies to identify if there are factors unique to K-State impacting student persistence and degree completion.
Reach out to graduate programs to identify potential candidates for research roles.
4) Evaluate effectiveness and timeliness of the Early Warning System & KSIS advisor tools and survey
Work with Educational Personal Development office and his team to evaluate the possibility of moving up target dates to assess students and gather input. Evaluate timeframe for reporting to see if data can be generated in a more timely fashion. Collaborate with colleges and department head to assess who needs advising survey data and early warning reports. Provide training and access to reports, as well as a toolkit of resources to address concerns that emerge in the aforementioned data and reports.