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Faculty & Staff Resources

As a faculty or staff member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), you are a critical component of the institutional mission to retain, and ultimately graduate, students. Research shows that faculty provide a tremendous influence in a student’s decision to stay in school.

To help support and strengthen this commitment, the Office of Retention and Student Success provides you with a variety of resources and tools. We hope that you will utilize them and aid in our philosophy that “Graduation Starts Today.”

  • Refer a Student
    • The Office of Retention and Student Success is here to provide resources and support students inside and outside the classroom. If you suspect a student in struggling academically, we can help by providing a variety of services.

      Please refer the student to us so we can assist him/her.
  • Start-Up Student Success
    • Research suggests that quality faculty interaction is a critical factor in student success. Start-Up Student Success is a recommended set of simple activities for faculty to utilize during the first four weeks of the semester that will greatly enhance your student’s opportunity for success.

      1. Require attendance for the first four weeks of the semester.
      2. Get to know the names of every student in your class.
      3. Ensure that students understand what is expected of them to earn success in the class.
      4. Establish learning communities within the class setting.
      5. For first year courses, participate in the 5th Week Assessment conducted through the Office of Retention and Student Success.
  • 5th-Week Assessment
    • What is the 5th-Week Assessment?

      During the 5th Week of the fall or spring semester, through the Starfish Retention platform, faculty members will be contacted by the Office of Retention and Student Success to identify struggling students. On the assessment, faculty will be able to provide information regarding the students current grade, attendance issues, and any notes that will be beneficial for student follow-up.

      The Office of Retention and Student Success will work with various offices on campus to follow up with students regarding a plan to move the student back toward success in their courses.

      Why should I participate in the 5th-Week Assessment?

      While an individual class may have a mid-term assignment or grade, that information is not officially provided to the university. This assessment is the one opportunity to provide early intervention with students about resources or advice that will aid in a student’s success. Students who pass their classes and earn their success at SIUE are more likely to retain and graduate, especially during their first year.

      How does the 5th-Week Assessment work?

      At the conclusion of the 5th week of the fall and spring semester, an email will be sent to faculty members who have students with between 0 – 29 hours of earned college credit. On the assessment, faculty will be able to provide information regarding a student’s grade, attendance, or other information for the staff who will follow up.

      Based on the information received, the Office of Retention and Student Success and other campus offices will follow up with students regarding the information provided. The follow up will work to build a plan of success that aids the student in moving forward at this early juncture of the semester.

      Whom do I contact with questions?

      Feel free to contact Dr. Kevin P. Thomas within the Office of Retention and Student Success at (618) 650‑5930 with any questions you may have about the assessment.

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