About Students First

About Students First

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Persistence Network

Proactively identify students throughout the academic year who are encountering barriers, and connect them with services and resources. This work will also seek to use data from individual cases to inform and address systemic issues.

Academic Success

Realize PSU’s potential to be a model of academic excellence through the achievement of equitable outcomes, culturally responsive curriculum, and an innovative, engaging and student-centered pedagogy.


Address affordability for PSU students by identifying the total cost of attending PSU, improve students’ financial wellness, and develop more effective ways to leverage financial aid, scholarship and remissions.

Student Experience

Strengthen PSU’s commitment to students by enhancing and creating outstanding spaces, services and experiences.

Using Evidence for Impact and Equity

Employ data analysis, predictive analytics and data visualization to improve decision quality and assess investments and progress toward goals. Ensure that equity is a core focus of all analyses.

Leadership Council

The Students First Leadership Council will be responsible for steering, coordinating and assessing PSU’s commitment to improving student success outcomes. The Leadership Council includes key colleagues from across campus, including the Presiding Officer of the Faculty Senate, Academic Deans, the offices of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Student Affairs, Information Technology, Enrollment Management, the Budget Office and the PSU Foundation.


This program is supported and managed through the Office of Student Success, housed within the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Andrea Garrity, Program/Senior Project Manager, Office of Student Success
  • Cori Loper, Data & Research Analyst, Office of Student Success
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