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25Jan 2017
McLennan Completion Summit 2017

Our partner and client, McLennan Community College, is hosting a Completion Summit on Friday, February 17. If you are near the Waco, TX area, we hope you can join us!

Completion Summit 2017

Building Success: Tools to Help Students Complete
February 17, 2016
McLennan Community College
Waco, TX

Session Topics: (tentative schedule)

  • Gaining Faculty Buy-In: Creating a Network of Care
  • How Do You Measure It? Assessment Techniques for the Hard to Quantify
  • Academic Coaching: Who, What, Where, and Why
  • Resources for Completion: Supporting Special Populations
  • Financial Literacy
  • Early Alert

24Jan 2017

We’re so excited to kick off our 2017 conference season by attending CCCU’s Presidents Conference again in Washington, DC. Our President, Matt Boisvert, will be in attendance and hopes you’ll stop by our table to find out how Relational Retention empowers your plan! We’re proud to serve our CCCU schools and be a silver level sponsor of this event.

CCCU 2017 Presidents Conference

2017 Presidents Conference
January 25 – 27, 2016
The Washington Court Hotel
Washington, DC

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting up with you!

12Jul 2016
I Don't Want These Students

Serve the students you have, not the students you wish you had.

George D. Kuh often expresses this sentiment when he is describing what DEEP (Documenting Effective Educational Practice) schools do. As Jason De Sousa puts it, schools are “obligated to work with the students they have, not those they wish they had,” and that great schools have figured out how to do this with excellence.

It’s easy to wish you were serving a different kind of student than the ones you have: smarter students, students who know how to work hard, men and women who aren’t juggling the hardships of life, school and work at the same time, students who don’t have financial burdens, and/or those who are eager for learning…not just the degree.

What we mean when we say we want different students is that we don’t value our students, the ones we have.

You… maybe… don’t want the students you have. Continue reading

03Jun 2016

We’re happy to be back at ACSD again and excited to be at Gordon College, a Pharos client since 2012. It’s always great to see our current clients and meet new faces. Matt Boisvert and Rachel Phillips-Buck will be exhibiting and hope you’ll stop by!

ACSD 2016

Source: ABHE 2016

ACSD 2016

Come to the Table
June 6-9, 2015
Gordon College
Wenham, MA

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting up with you!

23Feb 2016

We have the pleasure of attending NACADA’s Region 7 conference. Missouri Southern State University, a Pharos client since 2009, will be presenting on the 7-Year Evolution of Lion Alert at MSSU. We’re proud to have them as partners and excited for others to hear about their success in supporting students and building collaboration across campus.

 

2016 NACADA Region 7 Conference

ALLIES for Advising: Learning, Leading, Integrating & Educating Students
February 29 – March 2, 2016
Hilton Garden Inn
Manhattan, KS

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting up with you!

20Jan 2016

We’re excited to be at ABHE’s annual meeting in Orlando. Matt Boisvert and Rachel Phillips-Buck will be facilitating a pre-conference workshop for Academic Professionals on Building a Culture of Student Success & Retention. We’re looking forward to great discussions and collaboration!

ABHE Annual Meeting

Source: ABHE 2016

2016 ABHE Annual Meeting

Seeking Biblical Clarity in an Age of Sexual Confusion
February 9-12, 2016
Pre-Convention Workshop – Wednesday, February 10, 2016
The Wyndham Orlando Resort
Orlando, FL

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting up with you!

19Jan 2016

Data is a tool. Student Engagement is the work. Can I get an Amen?

Can we just start saying this over and over as our mantra:

Data is a tool.

Student Engagement is the work.

I was talking to a friend recently who works in the world of higher ed data.  He is a master of providing data to help schools identify which students are likely to struggle.

I asked him what support and intervention is provided for the identified at-risk students. He looked surprised and said,  “Oh, you know!” as he wiggled his fingers dismissively. I frowned and he continued, “but once they do all the whatever (here the finger wiggle again), we can capture the retention of those students.”

He went on, but I stopped listening because I was really unhappy about his finger wiggle! Did he just “yada, yada, yada” all the weighty work I know student engagement and support entails?! Continue reading

06Jan 2016

We’re kicking off our conference season by attending CCCU’s Presidents Conference in Washington, DC. Our President, Matt Boisvert, will be in attendance and hopes you’ll stop by our table to find out how Relational Retention empowers your plan! He’ll have presidential references and CCCU-specific best practices available.

CCCU 2016 Presidents Conference

2016 Presidents Conference
January 27 – 29, 2016
Capital Hilton
Washington, DC

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting up with you!

15Dec 2015

I love the rhythm of the academic life. We are finishing the season of work and entering the season of rest.

Andy Crouch recently said, We are made for work and rest, not for toil and leisure.

What a great reminder.

Friends, we have worked hard!  And…we get do good, important and meaningful work.

Matthew Litchfield added this to the conversation: “Sabbathless life ends up w/neither true work nor true rest, but w/frantic & ineffective activity punctuated by couch-potato lethargy.

I intend to rest this season. I hope you will too.

Enjoy your winter rest.
-Rachel
03Dec 2015

For the last few weeks we have been talking about how to determine whether the students you are serving are Red-flag students or At-risk students.

Here are the five principles I use to guide me as I engage students and honor their autonomy:

1 Win them over

First, students have to believe that you are on their team and want them to be successful. In this relationship, students must know that you will be a reliable, responsive, empathetic, and trustworthy partner. Continue reading