Students First

In support of our student success goals, PSU, led by Provost Susan Jeffords, has outlined a strategic framework for organizing and coordinating a campus-wide focus on student success, Students First. This framework includes executive support from Interim President Percy for the Leadership Council that will be responsible for steering, coordinating and assessing PSU’s commitment to improving student success outcomes. 

We’ve organized the Students First into 4 pillars or focus areas. These include Persistence, Academic Success, Affordability, and Student Experience, all supported by the strategic use of data. We will pay careful attention to the institutional data we use to define our metrics, set explicit targets, and put powerful data tools in the hands of the people best positioned to act on that data.

If you’d like to share any ideas or feedback on Students First, including if you’re interested in receiving periodic updates, please let us know.

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PSU Speaks,  Join the Student Success Conversation

On December 5, the Office of Student Success and the Office of Academic Affairs hosted a poster session to engage the campus community in an effort to capture stakeholder ideas and suggestions on the vision and scope of the four areas of focus: Persistence, Academic Success, Affordability, and Student Experience. Additionally, feedback was solicited on Using Evidence for Impact and Equity, how student success is defined, in addition to providing space for general feedback. 

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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. 

  • Susan Jeffords (Chair), Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs
  • Kirk Kelly (Vice-Chair), Chief Information Officer, Office of Information Technology
  • Cliff Allen, Dean, School of Business
  • Cindy Baccar, Associate Vice Provost & University Registrar, Academic Affairs
  • Tom Bielavitz, Dean, University Library
  • Matt Carlson, Interim Dean, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Julie Caron, Interim Vice President, Global Diversity & Inclusion
  • Chuck Knepfle, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Enrollment Management
  • Kevin Reynolds, Vice President Finance and Administration, Finance & Administration
  • Sarah Schwarz, Executive Vice President, Portland State University Foundation
  • Michele Toppe, Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Student Life, Student Affairs

Ex Officio

  • Chris Broderick, Associate Vice President, University Communications
  • Isabel Jaén-Portillo, Professor and Presiding Officer, Faculty Senate
  • Kathi Ketcheson, Director, Institutional Research & Planning
  • Dave Maddox, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Budget and Planning, Academic Affairs

Project Manager

  • Andrea Garrity, Senior Project Manager, Office of Student Success

Feel free to contact us with any questions.