Monday Morning Learning Opps

Minority-Serving Institutions Forum: Leveraging Institutional Resources to Deliver Strategic Retention Initiatives

  • Monday, July 31
  • 08:30 AM - 09:45 AM
  • Minneapolis Conv Ctr
  • 208C
  • SK


Sidney Evans

Vice President for Finance and Management

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland

Tiffany Mfume

Director, Office of Student Success and Retention

Morgan State University

Baltimore, Maryland


This session will highlight how the allocation of institutional resources can be used to deliver strategic retention initiatives, foster student success, and provide a return on investment. The presentation will demonstrate how Morgan State University has invested in state-of-the-art tools to collect and report student data, early alerts, advising notes, and appointments; to provide comprehensive auditing and degree planning; and to track, monitor, and intervene with “at-risk” students.

Learning Objectives

  • Recognize the value of “strategic initiatives,” programs designed specifically to “move the data,” programs designed “on purpose” to increase retention and graduation rates.
  • Determine how to get the most out of grants and external funding and how grants can provide the opportunity, the initial financial resources, and an external push to effectuate a campus-wide culture change to be sustained by institutional resources.
  • Discuss how technology, tools, and systems help faculty, administrators, and staff work smarter and not harder, including tools such as Google Apps, Starfish Retention Solutions, Degree Works, EAB SSC, Atomic Learning, and SmarThinking.