Development of Student Success Strategies by SEM Teams
There are always opportunities for growth - and our work in developing and enhancing our STUDENT SUCCESS initiatives never stops. To assist in this process, SEM Teams were created with across College representation. These six SEM Teams were instrumental in developing five strategies that are core to improving student success at RRC.
Read more about the strategies and work accomplished by the SEM Teams:
- Leadership Team
- Access Team
- Success Team
- Program Relevance and Innovation Team
- Commitment Team
- Strategic Enrolment Intelligence Team
Outside the College, results are measured in changed lives and conditions. To formulate a successful SEM Plan, each of the College’s primary student groups’ values must be considered, as must those of their influencers (parents, high school counsellors), the College’s institutional constituents (faculty, staff, board of governors), and institutional stakeholders (government, employers), especially in relation to their long-term expectations. In guiding the strategy development and decision-making processes, the Leadership Team established the SEM vision, mission, and goals. These foundation statements were framed to reflect and extend the College’s core values and commitments, which are expressed in the College’s mission, vision, values and Strategic Plan.
Through a College-wide commitment to access, success, program relevance and innovation, students at RRC are significantly more successful.
SEM Leadership Team Mission Statement
The SEM Leadership Team will help cultivate a SEM culture and SEM processes throughout the College community.
1. Provide overall leadership to the SEM initiative and its project teams.
2. Cultivate a SEM culture at Red River College.
3. Oversee the process of improving systems and practices for implementing the SEM Plan.
4. Assess the effectiveness of the SEM initiative.
The College’s Strategic Plan describes the importance of advancing our understanding of ‘student readiness’ through appropriate testing, assessments and remedial programs – all of which are fundamental to providing ACCESS aligned with student success. Similarly, one of the Strategic Plan’s primary goals is to “increase capacity and enrolment by providing accessible, responsive programs.” Our departments support these objectives through recruitment outreach, communications with prospective and current students and transition services, among other means.
- Identify best practice strategies in cultivating positive relationships with students, providing seamless delivery of services, communicating relevant and timely messages and intervening at critical points to enhance access.
- Coordinate and integrate recruitment, marketing and communication strategies to enhance access.
- Develop College-Wide Communication Plans for Prospective and Current Students
- Enhance Pre-Entry Student Supports
Access Team Members
RRC has established a solid foundation for student success using the Beatty-Guenter Model. Through this model in combination with an array of support services, quality teaching, and the caring ethos at the College, we have fostered a culture of student success. This is a culture we need to continuously nurture and invest in given the diverse backgrounds, needs, preparedness, motivation and learning styles of the students we serve. At the heart of any student success effort is the quality of instruction; while RRC excels in attracting instructors with industry expertise, we need to support them in becoming exceptional teachers.
- Define the attributes of “the ideal” Red River College student experience based on the College’s Commitment.
- Address Commitment gaps as necessary to consistently deliver “the ideal” Red River College student experience, focusing on identified target growth student populations.
- Ensure the conditions for student success are in place.
- Develop Early Warning and Faculty Advising Systems
- Develop Faculty Development and Instructional Practices
Success Team Members
RRC has a longstanding commitment to serve diverse learners through relevant and innovative programs. The Academic Plan and Strategic Plan speak to meeting the needs of diverse learners – particularly Aboriginal, immigrant and international students. While this academic focus is essential to the learner, it also is critical to the Manitoba economy. Our programs must address the market demand to support the provincial economy, as well as the industries to which we supply a highly-skilled workforce. Manitoba’s workforce is increasingly diverse; it is therefore the College’s responsibility to prepare our students to thrive in diverse work environments. To accomplish these objectives, we must maintain our caring and welcoming campus environment where we respect and value individual differences and create individualized growth opportunities for all students.
- Ensure our teaching pedagogy and curricula reflect the diverse learning styles and perspectives of the students we educate.
- Ensure academic programs are aligned with meeting the needs of industry, community, and learners.
- Nurture a climate of innovation aimed at preparing our students to compete successfully in a diverse world.
Program Relevance and Innovation Team Members
A post-secondary institution’s Commitment Statement is the promise it makes to the students it serves. With this in mind, the Commitment must resonate with students and provide what they will consider value. The Commitment should reflect the institution’s personality and be congruent with its mission and vision. Equally as important, the Commitment must communicate College employees’ passion: their reason for coming to work every day. It’s about organizational behaviour – not additional work, but rather, the way work is done. To be authentic and to become every student’s reality, the Commitment must be more than mere words; it must become a lifestyle.
- Identify the Red River College Commitment to all students.
- Define the Red River College Commitment for each identified target growth student group.
- Determine Commitment message(s) for each target growth student group.
- Identify Commitment gaps for each target growth student group.
Commitment Team Members
The Strategic Enrolment Intelligence Team, also known as the Data Guys, enables the work of SEM on an ongoing basis. They develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and effectiveness measures for enrolment, create enrolment strategies, manage enrolment performance, assess the return on investment of strategies employed and make resource allocation decisions. Understanding our enrolment trends and student groups was a fundamental starting point for the SEM process at RRC.