This fall, the University hired Molly Maher as assistant director for student success and retention to help improve an office that’s already set the bar high. More than 89 percent of last year’s freshmen returned as sophomores—the national average is 65 percent. But Adrian Schiess, director for student success and retention, wants to carry that one step further by offering upperclassmen the same support services given to freshmen. The ultimate goal, he says, is to boost overall retention figures and ultimately raise the University’s already strong graduation rate.
Maher is focusing her energies on sophomores, juniors and seniors, keying in on the problems they face and working to find solutions.