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 Dr. Amanda Yale Named New Associate Provost at SRU 

 

SPOTLIGHT

10/13/2004

Contact: K.E. Schwab  -- 724-738-2199; e-mail: karl.schwab@sru.edu

DR. AMANDA YALE’S TEAM SUCCESS IN INCREASING ENROLLMENT, RETENTION

LEADS TO NEW POSITION AS ASSOCIATE PROVOST FOR ENROLLMENT SERVICES AT SRU

              SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Dr. Amanda Yale’s team leadership, which included attention to increasing enrollment, retention and service to students, has resulted in her being named associate provost for enrollment services and retention at Slippery Rock University. The promotion followed a national search to fill the post.

          Yale, who joined SRU’s faculty in 1985, had served as interim since it was created in 2000. The position reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs and is charged with overseeing integration and development of the university’s undergraduate and graduate enrollment management efforts designed to increase enrollment, retention and learner success in a seamless environment. Yale will be responsible for managing the departments of Academic Records and Summer School, Academic Services, Retention Services, Admissions, Career Services, Financial Aid, Graduate Studies and the Office of Students with Disabilities. She will also handle enrollment management priorities and work with faculty and administrative staff to sustain a culture focused on enrollment management principles.

           Yale’s efforts were recognized nationally in 2003 when SRU was one of nine universities in the nation cited for an exemplary student retention program by Noel-Levitz, a nationally recognized consulting firm in higher education student recruitment and retention. The firm praised SRU for increasing its first-year to second-year retention by 3.5 percent for program participants in one year and more than 10 percent for at-risk and students of color. Over a two-year period, retention increased about 8 percent.

          “Under Dr. Yale’s leadership SRU has seen remarkable increases in both enrollment and retention and has been the recipient of several national awards for its success in these areas,” explained Dr. William Williams, interim provost and vice president for academic services. “Programs she has developed and implemented have resulted in Slippery Rock University posting its all-time high in enrollment this fall and our retention numbers are continuing to steadily improve. We welcome her into this new leadership post, knowing she brings the necessary experience and strategic planning abilities to bring even further success.”

          Yale, who holds a bachelor of arts degree from King’s College, a master of education degree in counseling from Lehigh University and a doctorate in education administration from University of Pittsburgh, brings 20 years experience to the post, including service as instructor, assistant professor, associate professor in the university’s academic support services department area prior to being named interim director in enrollment services. She and her family make their home in Zelienople.

          Her most recent work has included work with the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s strategic plan and performance outcomes indicators, which set mission goals and objectives for each of the 14 state system universities. She has also been instrumental in promoting an all-university attitude of support for delivering enrollment services to current and potential students. She has applied research efforts in tracking student initiatives in SRU’s newly implemented FYRST Seminar program, all part of programmatic student retention efforts.

          SRU launched an extensive recruitment, enrollment and retention program under the leadership of then-Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Robert Smith who was recently named president. Enrollment had seen an eight-year decline to 6,803. Following implementation of programs, many conceived and led by Yale, enrollment has steadily increased for the past five years to stand this fall at 7,928, up 1.8 percent over a year ago. Credit hours being attempted by students are also at record levels.

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