SAIT wins global challenge on student success
SAIT has won top spot in an international post-secondary challenge on the issue of graduation and retention.
The Ellucian Student Success Challenge - with a $15,000 USD first prize - called for universities and colleges to submit innovative strategies to promote success for post-secondary students.
SAIT's winning proposal outlined technological ways to improve the management of students on academic probation, and to create means for Academic Chairs to connect students with the right resources.
"Every student who comes to SAIT is important. We want them all to succeed, and they can," says Mark Wall, Academic Chair of Student Retention at SAIT.
"If a student met the admission requirements, they have the cognitive ability to make it through the program," says Wall. "After that, there must be something else that's hindering their process. If we can help them navigate those obstacles, we've done a great thing."
SAIT's current student retention rate is approximately 83 per cent, but there are close to 1,000 students on academic probation at SAIT at any given time.
"Our (proposal) outlined the opportunity to make long-term changes for how we handle students on academic probation," says Wall.
The prize money from Ellucian will go into the IG Lewis Student Emergency Fund, a program that assists students experiencing a financial crisis.