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Office of Registrar and Institute Advising Office

To coincide with our first semester, the Office of the Registrar and the Institute Advising Office have partnered to lead a few integral processes for student success. These initiatives have involved strong partnerships from all colleges as well as colleagues in Student Affairs, Enrollment Management and Career Services, and Finance and Administration. To better illustrate the collaborative nature of this work, we are providing a joint update.

Early Alert

We are excited that the university had a successful implementation of our new Early Alert system! To date, over 800 faculty have utilized the system in 1800 class sections to notify undergraduate students of academic concerns. Additionally, academic advisors across the university have begun to utilize the new Early Alert system to outreach to students who may need assistance getting connected to resources and support for success.

Leave of Absence Policy

Stephanie Bauschard, assistant director of the Institute Advising Office, and Liane Fitzgerald, manager of student services in the Computer Science department are travelling to all colleges to meet with college advisors, program chairs, and related staff to review the new Leave of Absence policy (D02.1) and processes. They're being joined by Carolyn Serron, assistant director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, Barbara Hoerner, associate director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, and Tina Sturgis, associate registrar, Office of the Registrar, to help provide additional background information related to the processes. This team is receiving great feedback on these updates.

New Student Advising

As in previous years, all new first-year and transfer students at the university are required to meet with their academic advisor before they may register for spring semester. These meetings are intended to build rapport between students and advisors, provide important timely information about the academic program and course requirements, and assist students as they transition into the RIT community. By November 1, 75% of our new undergraduate students had already talked with their advisors in preparation for the upcoming spring registration!

Many thanks to our college partners who have been instrumental to the success of these projects, including the deans' delegates for advising, academic department chairs, course faculty, and academic advisors.

Student Success Steering Committee

The Student Success Steering Committee welcomed three new members:

  • Dr. Ed Hensel, Chairperson, Mechanical Engineering Department
  • Paul Darragh, RIT Student Government Representative
  • Lauren Brockbank, RIT Student Government Representative

The Committee's focus for this year includes:

  • Review of the Implementation and Results of Early Alert System
  • Review of implementation and tracking of new voluntary LOA Policy
  • Review of Registration Taskforce Report
  • Review of grade and academic probation/suspension data
  • Review of first year student transition programming assessment plan and initial outcomes

In addition, the Steering Committee set up a functional partner subcommittee to review current data on the differences between the graduation rates of male and female RIT students. Currently, male RIT students, regardless of ethnicity, graduate at lower rates than female RIT students and the gap is widening. This is a national trend, but when comparing RIT's numbers to those of our peer institutions, the numbers are trending in the wrong direction. RIT's goal to reach a 72% graduation rate will not be realized if male students continue to graduate at a rate of 65%. The subcommittee, chaired by Dan Hickey from Student Affairs and Matt Lake from Academic Affairs expects to have its report and recommendations ready by mid-December.