Ithaca College has announced the establishment of the Center for Student Success and Retention. The center’s leadership will guide the college in research, development, and implementation of strategies to improve student retention and success, making Ithaca College a first-choice, fiscally sustainable institution in a highly competitive landscape.
The center will be based within the Division of Marketing and Enrollment Strategy and will be led by two complementary positions: Elizabeth Bleicher as the dean of student success and retention; and Jacqueline Winslow as executive director of student success and retention. Both are agents of change partnering on aligning campus efforts with the goal to improve student success and retention.
“Creating the Center for Student Success and Retention positions us to achieve our Ithaca Forever goal of becoming a national model for student success, engagement, and well-being,” said President La Jerne Terry Cornish. “This is a strategic and intentional move to invest in improving student retention using both a macro-level, systemic approach as well as a micro-level approach that will impact individual students. As I like to say, our students are our ‘why,’ and they deserve nothing less than for us to wisely direct our energy and resources to ensure we are the best institution we can be when it comes to delivering on our brand promise.”
The center will provide vision and coherence for IC’s initiatives to improve the student journey from matriculation to graduation by creating clearer pathways to equitable student success and engagement. This is a hybrid, interdisciplinary center that fosters collaboration and shared purpose among faculty, staff, students, and senior leadership.