John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

What Issues Does RPM Address?

  • Less-than-desirable retention and completion outcomes. The process can help institutions keep more of the students they admit – an outcome critical to fulfilling institutional mission and maintaining financial stability.
  • Inability to access top-quality student success expertise due to limited resources. The RPM process offers the Gardner Institute’s first-rate student success support at a scalable cost that institutions can afford.
  • Limited institutional research resources. RPM provides data collection templates and analytics tools that can be used by nearly all institutions regardless of their level of institutional research staffing.
  • Lack of focus for student success efforts. RPM helps institutions make informed, data-based decisions about strategic retention and completion efforts before they invest or reallocate resources for new and/or expanded programs.
  • Lack of structure for student success efforts. RPM provides structured and comprehensive processes and tools created and supported by the student success experts at the John N. Gardner Institute. Your institution can focus on the actions associated with the plan – rather than creating a planning process.
  • Lack of involvement in student success efforts. RPM is designed using the Gardner Institute’s task force-based assessment model. The broad involvement of faculty, staff, and students in the structured planning and implementation processes bodes well for improving student success in environments that value shared decision making.

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