Outstanding USF faculty, staff and
students who contributed to a record-breaking year for the university’s student
success initiative were recognized March 21 at an awards luncheon in the
Marshall Student Center Ballroom.
“I am proud to report that we have
registered a retention rate of 90 percent, the highest in USF history,” Paul
Dosal, USF vice president of Student Affairs & Student Success, told the
nearly 300 attendees at this year’s Student Success Awards Luncheon. “Further, we are on track to hit a six-year
graduation rate of 70 percent, which will also be the highest ever.”
Paul Dosal, USF vice president of Student Affairs and Student Success, welcomed the awardees and their guests.
Dosal’s welcoming remarks were preceded
by a video highlighting
the USF student success initiative and the role analytics has played to help
enhance student performance and support students, particularly those at risk.
USF System President Judy Genshaft and
USF Provost Ralph Wilcox joined Dosal on stage to congratulate the individual
and group award recipients.
for outstanding contributions to improving student success by implementing
technologies, techniques or practices that transform the student experience:
Gerry Meisels, professor of
chemistry and director, USF Coalition for Science Literacy
Kingsley Reeves, associate
professor, College of Engineering
for extraordinary efforts to develop and share new technologies that improve
outcomes for student success: Sidney Fernandes, USF system
vice president for technology and chief information officer
The Development and Engagement Award was presented to Stacy Pippen, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and a team of USF students who worked on the Mobilizing the Dream initiative.
honors faculty, staff or students exemplary in inspiring excellence in the
student success movement.
Mary Goodwin, director of
engineering student services, College of Engineering
Owen Hooper, director of
accelerated summer and intersession academic programs, USF Innovative Education
Carrie Garcia, director of
application services, USF Information Technology
honors a team that reaches across colleges and units to generate programs and
practices advancing student success: Students of
Concern Assistance Team (SOCAT)
and Engagement Award,
honors individual, team or unit for improving student success and learning
outcomes by implementing technologies, techniques or practices that transform
the student experience: Stacey Pippen, director of
the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the student team that initiated “Mobilizing the Dream.”
The Provost Award honored the Persistence Committee, which took on the charge of raising USF's performance on retention and graduation rates.
honors an individual, company or organization rendering extraordinary service
to the student success initiative: Mark Milliron, co-founder and
chief learning officer of Civitas Learning
honors an individual, team, department or college for exemplary performance and
achievements in student success: Persistence
Committee chaired by Tom Miller, which identifies and supports at-risk
students and is developing a transformative case management approach for
The luncheon culminated with the keynote
address “A Healthy Change in Education” by Partnership Award winner Mark
Milliron of Civitas.
Guest speaker Mark Milliron, co-founder and chief learning officer of Civitas Learning, received the Partnership Award recognizing exemplary performance and achievements in student success.
Photos by Ryan Noone