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Student Success Initiative

A Vision for Student Success (2018)
While Texas A&M successfully retains and graduates students at higher rates than most institutions in Texas, when compared with other leading universities it becomes clear we must increase student retention and graduation rates -- particularly for first-generation and underrepresented students. We must help students connect to the university, remove barriers to success, and reduce achievement disparities, ensuring that all who enroll at Texas A&M University have our fullest measure of support.

Planning for Student Success (2018)
To boost retention and graduation rates and lower achievement disparities, Provost and Executive Vice President Carol A. Fierke convened a task force of students and university stakeholders charged with identifying ways to meet four important goals: 

Texas A&M University's Student Success Initiative (2019)
Led by Associate Provost for Academic Affairs Timothy P. Scott, intensive work by four subcommittees generated seven recommendations with a single focus: student success.

  1. Increase efforts to boost first-year retention.
  2. Expand and enhance the Regents' Scholar Program.
  3. Create a culture that celebrates first-generation students.
  4. Increase support and consistency for academic advising. 
  5. Establish a help desk to assist students with barriers to timely graduation.
  6. Increase support for the Office for Student Success. 
  7. Establish a university-wide first year experience.

Round Two Recommendations for Student Success (2020) 

Supported by outgoing Provost Carol Fierke and Interim Provost and Executive Vice President Mark Weichold, round two recommendations address issues related to retention and graduation not addressed by the first set of recommendations. The work was informed by three subcommittees. 

  1. Addressing belonging, climate, and culture
  2. Refine Regents' Scholars Program
  3. Support transfer students