SRU receives EAB 2015 Collaborative Citizenship Award


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Jasmine Thompson (left), a Slippery Rock University elementary education major from Pittsburgh, Amanda Yale, SRU associate provost enrollment management, Kelli Maxwell, a marketing major from Volant, Samantha Rivet, a management major from Twinsburg, Ohio, and Amanda Demmler, an art major from Industry chat in the Welcome Center.

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SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University has received the 2015 Collaborative Citizenship Award from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) for its implementation of innovative technology as a tool for guiding student success.

"It's all about helping students persist and using technology as a tool to help guide that success," said Amanda Yale, SRU associate provost for enrollment services.
SRU was recognized for sharing proven practices and innovative ideas with other members of the Student Success Collaborative. One such practice was the creation of a digital resource hub for faculty advisers serving SRU undergraduates. Centralizing all training resources in a single user-friendly, easy-to-access portal encouraged faculty to use technology as a tool for enhanced advising.

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"These awards recognize schools big and small ¬- and across a spectrum of advising structures - that are modeling what it means to drive impact from insight so more students are successful through graduation and beyond," said Scott Schlmeier, EAB executive vice president.

The digital resource hub on SRU's Desire2Learn is for faculty advisers and those who assist in advising students. Yale said is it comprised of three primary areas, a new degree audit system, the student success collaborative and a general advising resource.

Yale said SRU's academic advisement committee, faculty and administers who have worked together to create recommendations for improving student advisement are responsible for the award. The advisement committee developed the idea for creating a digital resource hub on D2L.

Yale said good advisement helps keep students in school, do better in the classroom and graduate in four years. "Good academic advising is clearly linked to student success," she said.

Yale, Connie Edwards, director of advisement systems and degree audit; Mark Campbell, assistant professor and coordinator of tutorial services; Cathy Brinjak, assistant professor and director of advisement services, FYRST seminar and learning communities; and Lorraine Craven, instructor and director of first-year and transfer student experiences, put the digital resource hub together.

EAB, established in 2007, is an adviser and performance improvement partner to 1,000 colleges and universities in North America and Europe.

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