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Priority 4

Priority 4

Enhance opportunities for student success

WVU must improve student retention, persistence and graduation rates.

With leadership from the Student Success executive committee and support from five subcommittees, this group will work to improve student success outcomes for undergraduate students at West Virginia University. The committee will review academic policies, academic support programs, and the allocation of resources with the goal of improving the retention and graduation outcomes for undergraduate students. The committee will also specifically address the needs of under-represented, minoritized and Pell-recipient students.

Results to Date

Results January-August 2021

  • Implemented course scheduling software to improve course scheduling and course data collection, add waitlists and enhance New Student Orientation block scheduling.
  • Improved process for 4- and 12- week student interventions to be implemented in Fall 2021.
  • Fully implemented fair and transparent suspension policy in May 2021.
  • Launched online tutoring website (
  • Provided tutoring centers’ staff training in Navigate, WVU’s student success management system, to improve student access and link student tutoring to course outcomes. Sixteen of 17 tutoring centers will use Navigate starting in Fall 2021.
  • Completed implementation of Guided Major Pathways, eliminating 30 pre-majors, for full implementation in Fall 2021.
  • Partnered with EAB to conduct full audit of undergraduate advising across Morgantown campus.

Timeline & Process

Fall 2021-Spring 2022

  • Review, analyze and implement recommendations from the EAB advising audit.
  • Connect and support instructors of high-opportunity courses by partnering with WVU Teaching and Learning Commons on best practices in pedagogy workshops.
  • Support students in the new major pathways by implementing new processes for students who leave their initial major.
  • Enhance our leveraging of Navigate for improved efficiencies and data collection in the tutoring centers
  • Draft grade forgiveness policy to encourage struggling students to shift majors and coursework earlier
  • Compare best practices in student success policies at other institutions with our own academic policies by undertaking the EAB academic policy audit.