Mount Aloysius College recognizes that good academic advising and career development are key factors in the retention of students and their overall academic success. The ever-changing shape of the landscape of higher education on both local and national levels requires institutions to actively engage in plans to provide, assess, revise, and innovate these types of services on campus. In a time where there are fewer student to recruit, the importance of retaining students who enroll at our institution is more important than ever. The College continuously engages in examining programs, services, and extra-curricular activities. Vincent Tinto (1993) identified, “Retention is a by-product of a good educational experience”. As a result of these factors, we must be more proactive than ever to ensure we collaborate campus-wide to provide the necessary support to students to ensure they complete an education that does not only prepare them for their professional life, but as an active community member as well.
The unification of the Registrar’s Office, Student Success and Advising, and Career Development to form the Center for Student Success (CSS) will allow for continued support and development for faculty and advisors, stronger career development engagement at critical points in a student’s educational journey and more structure attempts to engage at-risk students.
Mount Aloysius has an excellent foundation in the offices of the CSS and good reasons to focus on the continued development of academic advising and career development across the institution. The creation of the CSS allows for all three individual offices to plan, implement, and support each other as new initiatives are enacted.
The CSS Strategic Plan has been developed to collaboratively meet not only the CSS Vision and Mission Statements, but also each of the individual office’s mission statements. The strategic plan consists of eight themes and corresponding tactics, which address opportunities in all three areas of the CSS.