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Degree Completion & Retention Plan

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Holman Success Center

Holman Success Center by the Numbers

Posted on February 15, 2016

In the fall 2015 semester, HSC facilitated over 40,000 hours at study tables and over 2,000 success coach meetings. In addition, the Supplemental Instruction Program served over 500 students meeting 2,293 times over numerous course subjects.


University Writing Center

University Writing Center Highlights 2015-16

The University Writing Center provides support to approximately 8,000 students each year and has 11 locations or satellites across and off campus.


Retention and graduation rates

Eastern Michigan University shows significant improvement in retention and graduation rates after implementing broad plan to improve student outcomes

Posted on October 15, 2015

The Degree Completion & Retention Plan's efforts to enhance student retention and degree completion are resulting in significant progress.

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Science Success Center Writing Support

Posted on June 18, 2015

The Science Success Center, a satellite location of the University Writing Center, tracks significant growth in the numbers of students seeking its support.


McNair Scholars

EMU McNair Scholars Program

Posted on June 12, 2015

Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the McNair Scholars Program assists first-generation students in gaining admission to, and succeeding in doctoral education. Its eighth year has been marked by innovative programming, inspiring research projects and continuous improvement. Download the 2014-2015 newsletter for more information.


Eastern Edge

Eastern Edge

Posted May 11, 2015

Next year, the Holman Success Center will continue its pursuit to stay on the cutting edge of educational success with the introduction of its new programming weekend for first year students: Eastern EDGE. Eastern EDGE will be a special program that is opt in for all first year students and is part of the curriculum for all students involved in the larger PASS program.

EDGE will have a special move in date, well before even the early freshman move in date, so students get a full week to get acclimated to Eastern before classes start. The EDGE is designed to help students get every single academic advantage before they begin the First 4 program.

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Facebook app

EMU Facebook App

Posted May 11, 2015

While the EMU Facebook App is a few years old, it has constantly been growing. In fall of 2015 the app will be co-administered and run with the help of the Admissions Office, in an effort to bring in new students and have them connect with the larger EMU community.

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Bigger study tables

Coming Soon: Bigger Study Tables

Posted May 11, 2015

One of the most popular resources offered to students through the Holman Success Center is study tables. Located in the South Commons on the first floor of the Halle Library, the Eagle Study Tables are open to all EMU students and offers a quiet study space with multiple PCs and support staff.

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UNIV on Track for Another Great Year

Posted May 11, 2015

Holman Success Center has found success with the UNIV program. Restricted to first-time entering freshman and first semester transfer students, the program has grown by leaps and bounds over the last few years. Initially starting with only eight sections and around 200 students, the program is now capped at an all-time high of 40 sections with 800 students each and every fall semester.

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Digital inclusion

Digital Inclusion

Digital Inclusion is a social enterprise dedicated to bridging the digital divide by refurbishing and selling computers to non-profits and low-income residents, training your in IT fundamentals, and maintaining computer labs in low-income housing communities. College students provide the training to area youth who in turn become digital bridges in their own homes and communities.

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Cross Town Theatre Troupe

Cross Town Theatre Troupe (CTT)

CTT is an after-school drama program housed in local elementary, middle and high schools in partnership with Bright Futures. EMU graduate students and undergraduates in Applied Drama, Performance Studies & Theatre for the Young serve as program teaching artists and provide youth year-long opportunities to practice improvisational skills, dramatic text interpretation and theatre for social change.

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College Positive Volunteers

College Positive Volunteers (CPVs)

College Positive Volunteers are college students who provide information and workshops on college access. Their efforts support both the EMU and U of M GEAR UP programs and all University outreach programs working in and with K-12 communities. This program is supported through Michigan Campus Compact through EMU's Office of Academic Service Learning.

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Pierce Hall

Office of Records & Registration Fall Update

Progress on Transferology and U.achieve, are among the items reported in Records & Registration's fall 2014 update.



Holman Success Center Fall 2014 Update

This fall has been busy at the Holman Success Center. We've completed phase 1 of the remodel for the study tables space in the south commons on the first floor of the library, and are in the midst of phase 1 of the remodel for the Holman Success Center office on the lower level of the library. There have been several changes to some of our existing programs, and lots of additions to the services we provide. The beginning of the fall semester marked the roll out of our targeted social media plan to connect with students and to provide them with information they need to be successful in a format they can relate to and will use.


Enhanced Advising

Enhanced Advising Activity to Support Students

As part of its efforts to improve retention and degree completion in the past 18 months, we have added staff and resources to the academic advising offices across campus. EMU has added new offices: the College of Health and Human Services Advising and the Francine Parker Advising Center that supports College of Arts and Sciences advising.

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Study Tables

Holman Success Center Offers Enhanced and Expanded Services

The Holman Success Center (HSC) continues to expand and enhance its service offerings to students. As you may know, Eagle Study Tables are staffed by Holman Success Center staff and supported within the Halle Library space. Eagle Study Tables "opened for business" last fall and have expanded hours significantly to meet demands this year. To date, attendance figures are nearly triple what they were last year at this time. By September 7th, the HSC had already scanned 10,127 hours of attendance from 732 separate students.

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Career services

Career Services Enhances Technology-Based Resources

Career Services has a new jobs portal and career management system for students and employers called Handshake. EMU is one of the first schools in the nation to switch platforms to a product utilizing Facebook-like logic to heighten student and employer experiences. The Handshake system provides an array of easy-to-use tools that allow students to proactively and consistently document and manage their professional competencies, experiences and job search activities.

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Student Parent Support Initiative

Student Parent Support Initiative

Ellen Collier, Women's Resource Center Program Coordinator, presented an overview of the parent support initiative to the Educational Policies Committee at the Board of Regents meeting on October 7, 2014.



BrotherHOOD Initiative: October 2014 Update

At the General Session of the October 2014 Board of Regents meeting, Reginald Barnes, Director of Diversity and Community Involvement, gave a presentation on the BrotherHOOD initiative (Helping Other Obtain Degrees). The BrotherHOOD is a university-wide initiative designed to engage, empower, retain and graduate more first-generation, low-income and culturally underrepresented men of color at EMU.



BrotherHOOD Initiative: June 2014 Update

At the Student Affairs Committee of the June 2014 Board of Regents meeting, Reginald Barnes, Director of Diversity and Community Involvement, gave a presentation on the BrotherHOOD initiative (Helping Other Obtain Degrees). The BrotherHOOD is a university-wide initiative designed to engage, empower, retain and graduate more first-generation, low-income and culturally underrepresented men of color at EMU.


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