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Each year, about one-third of MSU Denver’s undergraduate students are not retained to the following year. This amounts to approximately 5,000 students in every fall-to-fall span. For students, this means they have either dropped out or transfered, and not continued at MSU Denver. For our university, this means we have not retained these students.
The impact of students not retaining are deeply personal and also have a significant impact on the lives of faculty and everyone who works for MSU Denver. While there are many efforts to address this issue made at the university level, faculty play an important role in supporting persistence to graduation. As we connect with our students on a regular basis, we have the opportunity to see each of their strengths and challenges, and tend to know more about their particular life circumstances and their hopes and dreams. These are perspectives that university efforts don’t always have.
This page includes several resources to assist with faculty with supporting student success and retention.
Student Success Assignments are incorporated into general studies courses as credit-bearing elements of existing curricular structure. The assignments require students to engage on campus and allow faculty to directly connect students to the support services they need, in real time. A successful pilot of this program has been in place since 2020 and has demonstrated positive impact on fall-to-fall retention.
Student Success Assignments are housed in a Canvas module that faculty can import directly into their courses. The assignments complement discipline-based academic content and represent the marriage of best practices in collaborative work between academic and student affairs.
The Student Success Assignments are one element of a broad strategy to increase first-year success at MSU Denver.
Implementing the Student Success Assignments in your course is an opportunity to demonstrate effective teaching and learning and can be highlighted in your dossier for RTP/PTR.
Student Learning Outcomes associated with the Student Success Assignments:
For more information or if you are interested in implementing the Student Success Assignments in a General Studies course, please contact Lunden MacDonald, professor of Spanish, at [email protected].
Task: Students must complete SIX Student Success Assignments that count as 10% of the final course grade. The assignments are a combination of best-practice pedagogy and the leveraging of Student Affairs support systems already in place on campus.
The FOUR items listed below are required and have their own assignment built into a Canvas course module:
In addition to the four listed above, students must pick TWO other items from the list below to complete the Student Success Assignments requirement. This list is not exhaustive, and professors can make additions or alterations according to the academic department of the class:
This guide helps identify ways to apply best practices for retention when working with students, locate and interpret data on retention and graduation, apply best practices for retention, and more.Student Retention Guide for Faculty
The MSU Denver Writing Center can help your students at any stage of their writing process, for any assignment in any discipline. We help with any writing they are doing, including:
Any individual in the community (including but not limited to staff, faculty, students and family members) can file a CARE referral for a student through our online reporting system. There are several reasons one might file a CARE referral: