In an effort to enhance the overall student experience,
several areas of the University have been restructured into a new Student
Success Center that has begun operation this month.
The former Office of Student Development has been dissolved
and its core functions incorporated into the new center, as well as the
functions of Mission & identity. The new center has been in development for
some time and took shape after significant study of possible structures to
increase student service.
The new center has four key areas of focus. These include:
Experience --This area is charged with facilitating programming to
increase the vibrancy of campus as well as to connect all students with the
University. It includes functions such as residence life, campus programming,
international education, study abroad, and career education (job preparation
and career readiness).
- Mission Engagement– This area is charged with exploring
how the University engages its Catholic Franciscan identity in all facets with
programming for students, staff and faculty.
It includes functions such as university ministry (formerly campus
ministry), experiential learning, first
year experience collaboration, and collaboration and support of the Liberal
- Student Support-- This area is charged with providing holistic support to all students so they
are best prepared to be successful at Stritch. It includes functions such as academic
support, coordinated disability services and the wellness center (both
counseling and health services).
and Career Advising -- This area oversees advising that connects
students’ academic and career goals. It
includes functions such as academic advising for traditional undergraduates (previously
One Stop Counseling), collaborative efforts with professional and faculty
advisors in all colleges, career exploration and counseling, and prior learning
assessment and articulation.
The new center will allow for increase efficiencies, better
synergy between and among student service units, and ultimately enhanced
student service, said Dr. Tia Bojar, executive vice president for academic
“The goal is to truly
focus on student success,” she said. “This is a focused effort to fulfill a
significant goal from Visioning and Planning, to maintain a vibrant
campus life. After significant study of
various structures, the Student Retention Committee believes that this new
model is needed and will be highly successful for us.”
The new center will be led by Tracy Fischer, who will serve
as the senior director. Fischer, who
most recently served as senior director of advising/university registrar, is an
ideal choice for the new position, Bojar said.
“What makes Tracy an
excellent fit is her understanding of student affairs and enrollment -- she has
knowledge of all of the areas and brings a lot of energy and a wonderful skillset,”
she said. “Overall, it is a talented group and I really think they can work
together very well as a team.”