Strategies to Improve Student Retention: A Case Study

When and Where

May 11 2017 10:30-11:30AM | ESB G111 (Engineering Learning Center)

Session Information

Come learn about how faculty and staff in the Fundamentals of Engineering Program have improved the retention of students within the Statler College. Over the last 4 years, the number of First-Time, Full-Time freshmen on probation after their first term has dropped from 19.1% to 10.2%, while the number of students with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher has increased from 27.0% to 30.6%. Our faculty believe this is due to a combination of strengths across the entire teaching team. We will host this discussion-based session in the Engineering Learning Center (ESB G111).


Michelle Poland

Michelle Poland

Michelle Poland is the Academic Success Program Coordinator for the Fundamentals of Engineering Program, within the Benjamin M. Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering in 2006 and earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 2008, both earned at West Virginia University (WVU). Michelle returned to her Alma Mater during the summer of 2013 and has since enjoyed working with freshmen engineering students. In addition to advising 200-250 freshmen engineering students each semester, she also actively leads the advising development efforts for the Fundamentals of Engineering program (FEP), spearheads the New Student Orientation efforts for the Statler College, organizes Statler College Welcome Week activities, plans early-alert efforts, directs the Eugene V. Cilento Learning Center, participates on five FEP committees and one Statler College committee, is a member of the WVU Advising Development Collaborative, and is a participant in the iPASS Excellence in Advising series. Mrs. Poland was selected as the National Academic Advising Association’s (NACADA) Outstanding New Advisor for the state of West Virginia (Region III) in 2014, and as an Outstanding Advisor for the Statler College in 2015.