Explore how the University of Central Oklahoma achieved steady improvements in persistence and over $1.07M in retained tuition revenue using multiple data-informed, student-focused engagement strategies. Join this session to hear how leaders built partnerships within colleges to centralize engagement and scale effective strategies across departments. You’ll also learn how UCO disaggregated data around specific populations to identify what programs are most effective for particular student groups and how their team adapted their first-year seminar and FAFSA communications to improve the academic experience for their students, support better outcomes, and drive higher returns to reinvest in student success.
Dr. Samantha Kramer, Director of Student Advocacy, University of Central Oklahoma
Dr. Samantha Kramer is the director of Student Advocacy at University of Central Oklahoma. She earned her master’s in College Student Personnel Administration from Canisius College and her PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Kramer’s research interests include faculty-student affairs collaborations and resiliency among first-year freshmen and transfer students.
Mitchell Colver, Vice President for Community Development, Civitas Learning
Dr. Mitchell Colver, Vice President for Community Development at Civitas Learning, first began working in higher education in 2007, where his early experiences with students taught him to focus on the value of human diversity and human potential. Dr. Colver holds a dual appointment as a Professional Practice Professor in the College of Education at Utah State University. His research has appeared in Popular Science, Discover, Slate, Smithsonian, New York Magazine, and, internationally, on Radio BBC.