Tuesday, April 08, 2014

[488] MTSU president to hold three town halls on Quest for Student Success initiative

MURFREESBORO — MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee has set three town hall meetings on campus this month to provide students, faculty and staff an opportunity to discuss the ongoing Quest for Student Success initiative.

The town hall meetings will be held in the Parliamentary Room of the MTSU Student Union on the following dates and times:

  • 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 15
  • 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 16
  • 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17

Launched in the fall, the Quest for Student Success reforms are aimed at helping MTSU students stay on track academically, resulting in more students completing their degrees. The effort is in line with Gov. Bill Haslam’s “Drive to 55” goal to extend the reach of higher education and includes a top-to-bottom review of university operations.

“I look forward to talking directly to the campus community about the goals of this effort and how it will make MTSU an even stronger educational institution for years to come,” McPhee said. “These town halls are an opportunity for stakeholders across the university to ask questions, give feedback and hopefully gain a better understanding of where our institution is heading and why.”

Among the changes being prompted by the initiative:

  • Stepping up recruitment of students who have greater potential to succeed at a four-year comprehensive university;
  • Enhancing the academic experience of enrolled students to better ensure their success, including greater tutoring, enhanced advising and an emphasis on more “high-tech and high-touch” approaches;
  • And using more innovative, data-informed best practices to facilitate success.

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