From the President


STUDENT SUCCESS INITIATIVES SHOW RESOUNDING RESULTS HALFWAY THROUGH OUR 10-YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN.

In the last few months we have had another round of remarkable national attention related to our progress improving student success.

We recently hosted U.S. Secretary of Education John King and Undersecretary Ted Mitchell, who toured our newly renovated advising center and met with students and advisers to learn more about what we do to help students succeed.

MarkBeckerDr. Tim Renick, our dynamic vice provost and vice president for enrollment and student success, was invited to the White House in March to talk about Georgia State’s $8.9 million First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant funds a four-year research study in partnership with the University Innovation Alliance (UIA) to examine the effectiveness of predicative analytics and proactive advising in helping 10,000 low-income and first-generation students
complete their degrees across the UIA’s 11 member campuses.

And I was honored to accept a $2 million gift from SunTrust CEO Bill Rogers to help build a first-of-its-kind financial
management center to help students address financial issues.

The SunTrust Financial Management Center constitutes another important step in guiding our students to success. Financial problems remain the No. 1 reason students drop out of college and we are committed to aggressively addressing this barrier to graduation. We want to continue to find innovative ways to use data to identify problems our students face when there is still time to help.

SunTrust will provide financial mentors and the center staff will use the system to contact students and develop a series of outreach programs. Because many students and their parents have limited ability to be on campus during the day, the center will offer online and phone counselors after hours. The center will also provide financial counseling and outreach to low-income and hard-to-reach families that rarely have access to financial guidance from credible institutions. As part of the project, Georgia State will develop a detailed playbook on how to use predictive analytics to reach financially at-risk students to share with other educational institutions.

It is yet another way we are sharing what we have learned and helping not only our students, but college students around the country as we identify new ways to remove the obstacles to success.

Our strategic plan, introduced in 2011, outlined our goal to become “a national model for undergraduate education by demonstrating that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates.”

Five years into the 10-year plan, we have firmly established our position as a national leader in enabling student success.

Sincerely,

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Mark P. Becker