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ECC Retention Council

Supporting the Enrollment Command Center by developing strategies and action items to identify the best retention efforts for MSU Denver students

The charge of the Retention Council is to serve as a cross collaborative hub providing ideas and strategies for retention. The council has conducted extensive research and worked diligently to identify short- and long-term retention plans that promote the success of MSU Denver students. The council has adapted to the current environment of learning and will be continuously re-evaluating their action plans to promote retention and to support MSU Denver students.

The goal of the retention council is to provide a roadmap for students to maximize their experience at MSU Denver to ensure retention and degree completion. This work is done through inclusive leadership, shared governance, and a shared mission focused on student success.


The council has identified three priority  strategies and action items to increase retention efforts for the upcoming year: 

  • Faculty & Student Engagement
    • Calling Campaigns
    • Early Alert
  • First Year Retention Increase
    • Student Success Pilot Course
    • Peer Mentor Support
  • Financial Literacy
    • FAFSA awareness and completion initatives


Nahum Kisner – Director of Student Support and Retention
Jason Janke – CLAS Associate Dean

Michael Nguyen – Director of Enrollment Management System and Operations
Stephanie Allen - Director of Advising Systems
Mark Baccei – Enrollment Management Research Analyst
Megan Hughes – Honors Program Director
Haley Kline – Online Program Development Manager
Gabriella Katz – Department of Earth and Atmospheric Science
Ally Garcia – Director of TRIO SSS, CESA
Matt Watson – Staff Writer from Marketing & Communications 
Cipriana Patterson – Budget Director
Kevin Zeiler – Chair of the Health Professions Department
Megan Scherzberg – Director of Orientation, Transition, and Retention
Natascha Ambrose - Assistant Director Student Services
Sheryl Zajdowicz - Chair of Department of Biology

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