Our Blueprint for Student Success

The Engineering Student Success Center is a team of staff in the College of Engineering who work passionately and tirelessly to support our students. We do this through a variety of programs, initiatives, activities, and one-on-one engagement with students. The center was created in 2012 through a grant from the State of Kansas. In 2021, the center began an extensive strategic planning process to create a plan for elevating student success in the coming years.

The planning process begin with envisioning the future. We created a bold vision that articulates what we aspire to become. We defined our mission—the shared purpose of our work. We also developed a set of core values to communicate what we believe in and care about. With our new vision, mission, and values as our guidepost, we engaged our staff, as well as students and faculty, in a series of brainstorming and planning sessions to identify our key priorities over the next three years. The result of our seven-month planning process is this strategic plan.

Below is our 2022-2025 Blueprint for Student Success. This plan builds upon the well-establish programs and resources offered through the center and articulates new areas of growth in how we support students and prepare them for success within and beyond the College of Engineering. The plan is built around four strategic focus areas that align with our vision, mission, and core values. Focus areas are the strategic initiatives around which we organize our work and allocate our resources. Each focus area has 1-2 longer-term objectives, which are tied to the university's goals as outlined in the university's strategic plan, strategic enrollment management plan, and diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.

Each focus area also has several shorter-term strategies. Stategies are the specific actions we are taking to work toward our objectives. Each strategy has a timeline and one or more "champions" who will work with our team to ensure we are making progess on the strategy. As the shorter-term strategies are accomplished, this page will be updated to include additional strategies we are pursuing to support the objectives.

 

Vision, Mission & Core Values

  

Vision

We are a national model for student success in which engineering and computing students are empowered to take ownership of their educational experience and achieve academic and career excellence.

Mission

We provide an unmatched college experience by fostering a welcoming community for current and future students to build confidence and create meaningful connections; to develop academic, personal, and professional skills; and to receive the resources and support needed to be successful in achieving their educational goals.

Core Values

Student Focused

We develop authentic relationships with students and provide a supportive environment for them to thrive. We support students individually and holistically, and we enhance the student experience through meaningful engagement with our programs and staff.

Collaboration

We cultivate relationships with university, community, and industry stakeholders to enhance opportunities for our students. We build networks of collaborations and partnerships to meet our students’ needs.

Quality

We are committed to excellence and high standards for serving students. We take pride in our work and exceed expectations in providing quality educational opportunities and helpful service.

Diversity & Inclusion

We value the diversity of our students. We provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds and identities and embrace them for who they are.

Strategic Focus Areas

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Objective 1.1.
Cultivate robust partnerships with USD 259 and Wichita area school districts to engage more underrepresented and underserved students in STEM.

Objective 1.2.
Increase the undergraduate applicant pool and percent of admits who matriculate to the College of Engineering, including overall matriculation and that of underrepresented and underserved students.

 
Strategies Timelines Champions
1.1. Develop 1-3 new outreach programs to engage middle and high school underrepresented and underserved students in the Wichita area. May 2022 - Ongoing Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
1.2. Cross-train all ESSC staff to engage in recruitment activities including holding campus visitor appointments and giving tours of engineering facilities. July 2022 - Ongoing Director of Recruitment, Recruitment Coordinator
1.3. Collaborate with the Office of Admissions and other campus partners to create and implement a recruitment marketing and communication plan. July 2022 - May 2023 Director of Recruitment, Recruitment Coordinator, Regional Recruiter-KC
1.4. Collaborate with industry partners to support outreach and recruitment activities. January 2023 - May 2024 Assistant Dean for Student Success, Director of Recruitment

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Objective 2.1.
Increase the number of students engaging with ESSC programs, staff, and activities.

Objective 2.2.
Connect all students served by the ESSC with the resources they need to be supported and successful.

 
Strategies Timelines Champions
2.1. Develop a process for tracking student engagement within the college. August 2022 – December 2022 Assistant Dean for Student Success, Manager of Academic Advising
2.2. Collaborate with college and university departments to track and increase student engagement across the university. January 2023 – May 2024 Assistant Dean for Student Success, Director of Student Engagement & Career Readiness, Student Engagement Coordinator, Success Coach
2.3. Develop strategies to increase sophomore engagement and persistence to junior year. May 2023 – Ongoing Director of Student Engagement & Career Readiness, Student Engagement Coordinator, Success Coach

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Objective 3.1.
Foster a welcoming and inclusive environment for students of all backgrounds and identities.

Objective 3.2.
Create networks and resource systems for underrepresented and underserved students to have equitable experiences through the ESSC.

 
Strategies Timelines Champions
3.1. Increase ESSC staff knowledge on diversity, equity, and inclusion. October 2022 – Ongoing Assistant Dean for Student Success, Manager of Academic Advising
3.2. Review existing university data to identify needs of underrepresented and underserved students. January 2023 – Ongoing Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
3.3. Connect students to programs and resources to meet their needs. May 2023 – Ongoing Recruitment Coordinator

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Objective 4.1.
Coordinate activities and experiences for College of Engineering students to build the critical competencies necessary for career and life success.

 
Strategies Timelines Champions
4.1. Define the critical competencies necessary for College of Engineering students to be career ready. July 2022 – December 2022 Assistant Dean for Student Success, Director of Student Engagement & Career Readiness
4.2. Collaborate with industry partners, Shocker Career Accelerator, engineering professional societies, and other stakeholders to build a professional development program. January 2023 – Ongoing Assistant Dean for Student Success, Director of Student Engagement & Career Readiness

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