Retention Efforts

Team Charge

Identify every possible source that may impede a student's ability to be retained, defined as successfully completing their Spring 2020 courses and registering for Summer sessions and/or Fall 2020, and identify solutions in support of all students.

  • Develop a near-term institutional strategy to greatly improve student retention and persistence.
  • Critically examine retention practices, strategies, programs and partnerships and analyses of best practices and metrics utilized by aspirational peer institutions.
  • Identify strategies that help to ensure retention of all current students.


  • Co-Chair: Christy Samarkos, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Co-Chair: Randy Timm, Assistant Vice President for Campus Life & Dean of Students
  • Chip Pierce, Associate Director, Systems in the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Norah Shultz, Associate Vice President for the Division of Academic Engagement & Student Achievement
  • Jessica Nare, Associate Chief Diversity Officer for Student Engagement
  • Stefan Hyman, Interim Associate Provost for Enrollment and Retention Management at Stony Brook University
  • Antionette Marbray, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Sandra Temores-Valdez, Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs - Enrollment
  • Sean Hauze, Coordinator of Instructional Design & Academic Media
  • Rich Levine, Professor of Statistics