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New retention model clarifies rumors

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Doane administration has cleared the air of the rumors of LAR and advising changes.

“All of this information is important and it kind of negates what some of these rumors are,” said Ryan Mueksch, Senior Communications Manager. “LAR classes are not being eliminated; there was no meeting last Friday.”

When asked about the LAR rumor, administrators Paul Savory, Provost and Executive Vice President, and Pedro Maligo, Dean of College of Arts and Sciences responded that they were unaware or had no knowledge of any changes coming to the LAR program.

For student advising, Doane is looking to make some changes to improve student’s experiences and increase retention. Though the details on what the changes will be are not set in stone.

Jake Elswick, through ESE, is the one that is steering the ship for this new advising model,” Mueksch said. “He wants to make a priority of getting insight from other people on campus.”

Elswick is working to create a comprehensive retention model to Doane to increase graduation rates, reduce time and costs to graduation, reduce inequities and improve post-graduate outcomes.

This retention model will include having senior level leadership involved in retention work and leading cross-functional teams of stakeholders on specific situational topics. The goal of the cross-functional teams is to develop strategies to help alleviate concerns, Elswick said.

“To be crystal clear, nothing in this framework is eliminating LARs. It is not eliminating faculty advisers or LAR advisers,” Elswick said. “It’s really about getting together and having more conversations to coordinate things and making sure we are taking the best of what we do and amplifying that and identifying more opportunities to improve.”

The framework has been presented for this comprehensive model, but it is still in the early stages.