Samford Honored as One of Five Colleges Nationally That Improved Student Outcomes

Published on October 23, 2017 by Philip Poole  
Davis Library

Samford University recently was honored by the Education Advisory Board (EAB) with a 2017 Student Success Collaborative Awards. Five colleges and universities were honored for elevating the student experience through proactive student success management and improved student retention rates by as much as 20 percent.    

EAB is a best practice firm dedicated to helping schools, colleges, and universities fulfill their missions and enable all students to succeed.  

Samford and Elizabeth City (North Carolina) State University received Collaborative Citizenship Awards for successfully engage faculty in student success. At Samford, 90 percent of faculty shared input on their students’ progress, which contributed to an increase of two percentage points in first-year retention. Leaders at ECSU and Samford worked with EAB to share their faculty engagement best practices with their peers in the Student Success Collaborative. 

The award included a $1,500 contribution to Samford's general scholarship fund.

“Student success is a team effort,” said Samford Associate Provost Nancy Biggio.  “By collaborating with other schools and EAB, we are able to learn and share best practices to work with students, faculty, and staff to improve student success.  We are constantly encouraged by colleagues who also care deeply about assisting students in their adjustment to college, persistence through their major and completion of their academic goals.” 

The awards were presented at the Student Success Collaborative’s Annual Summit, CONNECTED, a two-day gathering of more than 500 of the country’s most progressive student success leaders. Biggio and Bridget Rose, director of Samford’s Academic Success Center, represented Samford. 

“Providing a return on education—helping students graduate in less time, at lower cost, and with the best possible post-graduate outcomes—is the top priority at most schools,” said Scott Schirmeier, executive vice president of EAB. "The schools that are making the most progress enable students, faculty, advisors, administrators, career counselors, financial aid officers, and other professionals to work together with data and analytics toward their common goal of student success.” 

Other winners of the 2017 Student Success Collaborative Awards are the University of South Alabama, Return on Education Award; Stacey Bradley, senior associate vice president for student affairs and academic support at the University of South Carolina, Visionary Leadership Award; and Mercy College (New York), Technology Pioneer. 

“The five schools we recognize this year exemplify the promise of a unified approach to student success," Schirmeier continued. “Their impressive results are powered by EAB Campus, our enterprise-level Student Success Management System (SSMS), best practice research, strong campus leadership, and an unrelenting commitment to helping more students reach their potential.”

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ABOUT SAMFORD UNIVERSITY -- Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 3rd among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,509 students from 45 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.