Client Spotlight

08Jul 2015

Today, we would like to extend a special spotlight to Abilene Christian University. If you’ve had the pleasure of reading our story then you know that Pharos Resources had its humble beginning within this amazing University. Thanks to the incredible collaborative efforts of these outstanding professionals, the concept of Early Alert was revolutionized.

 

And it all started with a simple idea:

“Retention is about equipping students and creating opportunities to engage in communities to keep them here.”

 

About seven years ago a group of faculty and staff began to realize that they needed a better way to identify students who were at-risk of not returning. Relying on midterm grades wasn’t enough; it’s far too late in the semester to make a significant turnaround. And even if the midterm grade doesn’t reflect it, the student may still be struggling. So a team was formed and they developed a system that could help identify and monitor students through various campus relationships.

Relying on midterm grades wasn’t enough; it’s far too late in the semester to make a significant turnaround.

Abilene Christian University recognized that using the close ties within the network of a small university they could care for students in a whole new way. And even after their system, S.O.S. (Support our Students), had been implemented the University continued both practice and intervention development. Continue reading

03Jun 2015

Part of what makes student retention so difficult is that it’s a different process for each school. No two colleges are alike, so it’s up to each university to work to custom-fit innovations for their school. Today, we would like to give recognition to Wesley College for their amazing (and continuing) efforts in proactively improving their student care systems! Continue reading