John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Support and Other Retention Services

The Institute offers a variety of services to support postsecondary institutions in their pursuit of undergraduate excellence and retention that include the following:

Customized Student Success Events

This event would be designed for a small group from your institution and would be attended by senior institutional leaders as well as well as student success and retention stakeholders and practitioners. It could focus on any period of the undergraduate experience … (more)

Program Reviews

Institute personnel will review individual initiatives, programs, courses, student success challenges and offer counsel in multiple fashions: written, telephonic, videoconference, and/or campus visits.

Visits to Institutions

Institute personnel are available to visit individual institutions for the purpose of consultation, presentation, workshop facilitation, planning and evaluation, and guided conversations with key groups such as senior leaders, faculty, student affairs professionals, trustees, etc.

Higher Education System Initiatives

The Institute and its personnel have extensive experience with initiatives that involve multiple institutions, both two-year and four-year that are jointly engaged in common student success initiatives:

  • in city or county community college districts (e.g., City Colleges of Chicago)
  • in city public higher education systems comprised of both two and four-year institutions (e.g., City University  of New York)
  • in state systems for community/technical colleges (e.g., Kentucky Community Technical College System)
  • in state public university systems (e.g., University of Wisconsin Colleges)
  • in metropolitan areas bringing together two and four-year institutions in collaborative ventures (e.g., El Paso, Tx, Moorhead, MN, and Bakersfield, CA)
  • in state-based private institution consortia (e.g., North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities)

Advisory Support Topics

The Institute’s advisory support is tailored to the unique needs of particular institutions and clients. The following is a list of some of the most common topics for which we provide assistance. This is not an exhaustive list:

  • Retention/attrition/completion agenda
  • Accreditation Support
  • Student Success
  • Analytics
  • Learning Communities
  • Academic/faculty/student affairs partnerships
  • Securing faculty buy-in for student success initiatives
  • Transfer—improving rates of transfer and subsequent transfer student success
  • Sophomore student focused initiatives
  • Senior year experience initiatives
  • Gateway course improvement efforts
  • Two-year/four-year college collaboration efforts
  • Strategic planning
  • Assessment
  • Quality initiatives for regional accreditors
  • Professional development for student success personnel and initiatives
  • Professional development for senior campus leaders

Visits to the Institute

Visits to the Institute’s headquarters in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountain town of Brevard, NC, are welcomed. This is an excellent setting for undistracted, relaxing, and highly focused conversation on student success challenges. Either the entire Institute staff or selected individual members are available for advisory support for our visitors. Fees would be determined by the number of Institute personnel involved, length of the visit, amount of advance preparation and review of materials, and desired follow-up.