Lion - Fall 2019 - Lincoln Students’ Success Is Intentional

Lion - Fall 2019 - Lincoln Students’ Success Is Intentional

 “At Lincoln University, student success is intentional.” – Dr. Lenetta Lee ’85, dean of the college and vice president for student success.

For instance, studies show that faculty and student interactions are critical to the retention and overall success of students, particularly first-generation students. So, to spark such interactions, this past March academic support collaborated with the first-year and upper class deans to sponsor the fifth annual Major Mixer in the residence halls. Over the past five years, hundreds of students have engaged with the faculty at these mixers, which allow the faculty to showcase the exciting opportunities and vast possibilities each departmental major and minor offer.

That is just one example how the University’s Division of Student Success is deliberately generating interactions across the curriculum, campus, and community to enhance student success.

One key to this effort: listening, both to students and faculty:

Listening to Students. Ensuring student success involves both following best practices and listening to students about what they want and need from their college experience. This information is reinforced by information gleaned from student focus groups. 

Listening to the faculty and staff. Under President Brenda A. Allen’s leadership, the University is more effectively bringing the voice of faculty and staff—along with their knowledge of pedagogy and their experiences with students—into ongoing conversations regarding college curriculum, teaching, and assessment.

Thus, student success results from intentionally engaging staff to provide Lincoln students with innovative and inspiring experiences across the curriculum, the campus, and the world.