CWUStudent Success NewsStudent Success Newshttps://www.cwu.edu/student-success/newsen-usA move and new name for the Center for Diversity and Social Justicehttps://www.cwu.edu/student-success/node/2545Thu, 17 May 2018 14:26:02<p>Following a student-driven poll, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice will now be called the Diversity and Equity Center (DEC). In addition to the name change, DEC has moved to Academic and Student Life to become part of the Office of Student Success.</p><p>The CDSJ/DEC is a student-funded department that provides diversity programming for students to increase their awareness of diverse issues, empower students to make well thought-out intentional programming surrounding critical issues for student recruitment, retention, and foster student development. The move to ASL will allow for professional staff and students to regenerate and refocus on extracurricular and co-curricular activities directly related to student success.</p><p>This move happened during Spring Break, so that when students returned to campus, staff can focus on creating a safe space where students and their families can congregate throughout the day and into the evening. The new DEC office will return to the SURC, second floor. The office will be open Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.</p>CWU honored for its Student Success Diversity Action Teamhttps://www.cwu.edu/student-success/node/2542Tue, 14 Nov 2017 08:12:19<p><img alt="CWU's Fiona Corner accepting the NWASAP award from the association’s President Bruce Smith" src="/student-success/sites/cts.cwu.edu.student-success/files/Corner%20receiving%20award.jpg" style="width: 375px; height: 300px; margin: 3px; float: right;">CWU continues to win accolades for its commitment to student diversity and inclusion.</p><p>New recognition has come from the <a href="http://www.nwasap.com/" target="_blank">Northwest Association of Student Affairs Professionals (NWASAP),</a> which named CWU the 2017 winner of the <a href="http://www.nwasap.com/annual-awards" target="_blank">May Dunn Ward Innovative Program Award</a> in honor of the university’s Office of Student Success Diversity Action Team.</p><p>Fiona Corner, CWU residence hall coordinator, who served as the team’s chair, said its goal was to expand campus dialogue pertaining to equity and social justice issues being raised in conjunction with a variety of national and worldwide events.</p><p>“The primary challenge I saw was that there were few opportunities for staff to discuss equity and justice issues,” said Corner, who oversee CWU’s Barto Hall. “We were talking about them [in Student Success] and I knew that people in other departments were talking about them too. I thought, if we talked about them together, we could advocate for students better.”</p><p>Those discussions, which now include representatives of all 26 Student Success units, revolved around various topics, such as renewed campus activism, free speech, and microaggression, with a goal “to be better able to care for and support students who bring concerns about equity and diversity on campus while also promoting an institutional response,” Corner explained.</p><p>Conducting focus groups and campus-climate surveys are among the team’s directives during the current academic year.</p><p>“As long as diversity and inclusion are strategic goals of the university, then this committee will continue to exist,” Corner said.</p><p>Corner had previous experience with a similar diversity action unit at the University of Dayton. While their student bodies are markedly different, Corner says there are areas common to both.</p><p>“I think that students at both Central and Dayton are trying to negotiate how they feel about equity and justice in very similar ways,” she added. “Central is a much more diverse institution, racially and in socio-economic status. The issues at this institution are about what is needed to thrive here and persist toward graduation.”</p><p>This is the third time CWU has received the NWASAP Innovative Program Award, which includes 1997 for the Home Run Residence Hall Contract Renewal Campaign and 1987 for the Intrusive Advising Program, which led to a decline in student attrition rates.</p><p>The annual honor is named for Ward, an early educator and student affairs pioneer, in acknowledgment of her career contributions to higher education, NWASAP, and American Association of Women.</p><p>NWASAP is the oldest regional college student personnel organization in North America. It is comprised of administrators, counselors, and instructors in student affairs positions within career planning and placement, counseling, financial aid, food services, student activities, student health, student housing, and related activities.</p><p>Earlier this year, CWU also received the prestigious Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. The award recognized a demonstrated outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion, and was the second straight year--and third time in last four years--that CWU has earned the honor. The university will be featured in the publication’s November issue.</p><p><strong>Media contact:</strong> Robert Lowery, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1487, Robert.Lowery@cwu.edu.</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong>(L. to R.) Corner accepting the NWASAP award from the association’s President Bruce Smith.</p> Welcome back extended to new CWU executive director of Student Involvementhttps://www.cwu.edu/student-success/node/2541Thu, 05 Oct 2017 16:16:52<p>For CWU's new executive director of Student Involvement, it’s more of a homecoming.&nbsp; Jeff Rosenberry, a 2007 Central graduate, has been hired to assume the post, effective November 1. He earned his CWU Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Health.</p><p>“As a student at CWU, Jeff served on the ASCWU [Associated Students of CWU] student government as the vice president for Student Life and Facilities for two terms,” Jenna Hyatt, CWU Associate Dean of Student Living, pointed out upon announcing the hiring. “While serving on student government in the V.P. position, Jeff also served as the project chair for the construction of the SURC [Student Union and Recreation Center].”</p><p>In his new post, in conjunction with the Dean of Students, Rosenberry will be in charge of setting the vision and leadership of prominent areas within CWU Student Living.</p><p>“Specifically, the executive director advises the ASCWU student government and supervises areas including the Student Union, Recreation, Westside Student Living and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement,” noted Hyatt.</p><p>Since 2014, Rosenberry has been the interim associate Dean of Students at Montana State University Billings (MSUB).</p><p>“My time at Central helped shape my professional journey, and I am excited to bring that experience back to Wildcat country,” Rosenberry acknowledged. “It's an honorable homecoming to come back to the university and building that lead me to a career in student development.”</p><p>After graduating from Central, Rosenberry went on to receive his Master of Science from Colorado State University, where he studied Student Affairs in Higher Education, and found his “passion for working with residential students and worked diligently to develop as a young leader in my field,” he pointed out.</p><p>Rosenberry was hired at MSUB in 2009, where he also served as a residence hall director, assistant and interim directors of Housing and Residential Life. Regardless of role, Rosenberry says the goal remained the same: to build intentional relationships and provide sound mentorship.</p><p>“As a proud CWU alum I have always wanted to get back here,” Rosenberry said. “I can't think of a better opportunity than now to work with some of the finest students and educators out there. I’m looking forward to serving CWU and support student success through this role.”</p><p>Rosenberry’s public service efforts have included as president of Association of Intermountain Housing Officers, program manager, individual development vice president, and membership vice president for the Montana Jaycees, and both president and chaplain of the Billings Jaycees’ chapter.</p><p>A native of Richland, Rosenberry is a 2001 graduate of Richland High School.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>CWU Uses Research, Targeted Support to Improve Student Success https://www.cwu.edu/student-success/node/2530Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:14:21<p>Central Washington University is doing better than ever ensuring students stay in school and progress toward a degree. CWU has increased the percent of students who continue from their freshman to sophomore years—the “retention rate”—by 5 percent in just two years. Now at 78.4 percent, CWU’s rate surpasses the ACT national average of all four-year colleges, which is 74.4 percent.</p><p>Sarah Swager, CWU dean of Student Success, attributes the rise on research into student demographic and academic behavior, which is enhancing university advisors’ interactions.</p><p>“Knowing our students better is an important factor,” Swager said, noting the findings of an eight-year, longitudinal study on student retention. “Over the past year in particular, we’ve worked hard to improve our understanding of our students—and why they decided to stay here—and to find ways for the entire university to serve them even better. This retention increase is a testament to the good work that our faculty, staff, and students are doing every single day.”<br><br>This increased understanding has helped CWU hone the way it supports students academically, financially, and socially, which is especially critical during a student’s freshman year. That’s when they want to make friends, develop classroom proficiency, and find a level of comfort at their institution.</p><p>“It’s intertwined with student needs to be engaged and find value in what they’re doing, and have a social environment in which to thrive, and a financial one where they can focus on achieving their academic goals,” Swager pointed out.</p><p>In addition, some students have additional worries, such as being a parent—or single parent—or dealing with health or academic challenges. They’re issues the university must also help address.<br><br>“We now know that we need to personalize our interactions with our students in order to develop strategies to help individuals and student groups overcome particular, or similar, obstacles,” Swager acknowledged.<br><br>CWU’s retention figure is higher than similar schools nationwide—universities that are also committed to teaching quality and student success.<br><br>To help students pay for college, CWU offers more than $40 million in need-based and merit-based grants. The university is also makes it a priority to ensure that financial resources are available when students most need them.</p><p>In terms of academics, CWU has increased its academic advising staff to improve student success. Encouraging students to declare a major and become connected to their peers and faculty within a specific academic discipline also have helped keep students on track to graduate.</p><p>Swager said increased retention also requires “big picture” planning for maintaining campus facilities, enhancing residence halls, and upgrading campus technology and infrastructure. It even includes the overall upkeep of campus grounds and even the quality and variety of food offered in campus dining facilities.<br><br>“We want to make sure that what they receive meets—and exceeds—their expectations,” Swager stated. “As we develop new programs and services, they must be focused on assuring students come to feel as if Central is their home.”<br><br><strong>Media contact</strong>:&nbsp;Robert Lowery, director of Radio Services and Integrated Communications, 509-963-1487,&nbsp;loweryr@cwu.edu&nbsp;</p><p>October 29, 2015</p></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br></br>