University of Vermont

Student Success and Satisfaction

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The purpose of this website is to serve as a means to synchronize and integrate our emerging efforts to enhance student success and satisfaction.  We can’t list all the excellent efforts that take place every day across campus to enhance the student experience, therefore, at this point this site will focus mainly on new initiatives while linking to some existing campus-wide efforts.Student Success

Over the past eight years the University of Vermont has made great strides in improving the retention and graduation rates of our undergraduate students.  It is our strategic goal to continue this improvement to achieve a first to second year retention rate of 92% and a six year graduation rate of 83% by 2020. 

Retention and graduation rates are measures of the quality of the student experience, therefore, to accomplish our strategic objectives we just enhance the quality of the student experience by focusing on student success and satisfaction.  To achieve our focus we must orient on three outcomes:

  1. Enhancing  academic and co-curricular engagement
  2. Preparing students for success as undergraduates
  3. Preparing students to be successful graduates who exemplify our mission and values

During FY 11 we will develop a comprehensive and integrated student success and satisfaction plan that will guide our operational and strategic actions and resources to accomplish our goals.   The planning will be guided by extensive analysis and recommendations by an enrollment management consultant, and the action planning will be conducted by faculty, staff, and students.   The goal is to deliver the plan to the Provost by April 30, 2011.

This planning document will not gather dust on bookshelves or get lost on our hard drives.  It will be a living document that guides our strategic and operational actions.  We will monitor implementation of recommended actions and progress toward our goals.  Annually, we will refine our plan based on changes to the external and internal environment.  This website will serve as the coordinating point of reference to provide information to the campus community and keep us oriented on our goals.

First Year Experience
First-Year Experience (FYE) Advisory Board
The 2009-2010 FYE Task Force has made several recommendations to enhance the quality of the first-year student experience. Specifically, the Task Force has recommended constituting a First-Year Experience Advisory Board to assist the provost and the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Council in the oversight, coordination, and assessment of academic and co-curricular FYE efforts across the institution.
General Education
(Gen Ed) Re-Envisioning Undergraduate Education
– Joint Committee on General Education of the Faculty Senate and the Administration
Over the past three decades a majority of universities in the U.S. have adopted general education requirements for their baccalaureate degree programs. The intent of general education requirements is to ensure that students receive foundations in literacy, communication skills, critical thinking, humanistic and scientific inquiry, global citizenship and an appreciation of different cultures.
Residentially Based Learning Task Force
Our proposed outcomes for Residential Learning Communities are consonant both with UVM’s strategic objectives and with the  key educational outcomes recently articulated by the Association of American Colleges & Universities in their publication Our Students' Best Work: A Framework for Accountability Worthy of our Mission.
Retention Study
We are conducting a study to better understand the experiences of our students. As part of this work, randomly selected students were invited to participate in a web survey to share insights and opinions about what they value most in their college experience, where they think UVM has fallen short, and steps we can take to ensure that the University of Vermont student experience is as meaningful and productive as possible. The survey is entirely confidential and conducted by an outside organization. Individual student responses will never be seen by anyone at the University.
Schools Colleges UVM offers an exceptional learning experience. With seven undergraduate colleges and schools, a graduate college, a medical school, an honors college, continuing education and extension programs, UVM's academic programs offer breadth, depth and variety — and on an intimate scale. UVM is a close-knit community of scholars, scientists and artists (average undergraduate class size: 28), but its intimate culture is invigorated by the resources of a premier research university.
Student Employment
Student Employment Task Force
The task force will recommend means to expand student employment opportunities at UVM, both Federal Work Study (FWS) and non-FWS employment.

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