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DSU Enrollment and Advisement Services Receive USHE Innovation Award

May 16, 2015


Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Dixie State University Executive Director of Enrollment Management Dr. David Roos and Director of Advisement Michael Olsen were the recent DSU recipients of the Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success award for the 2014-15 academic year. The award, presented by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE), is meant to highlight the work of innovators to develop a culture of innovation among Utah’s institutions of higher education, and to draw attention to effective innovations at USHE institution.

The $10,000 award was given to support initiatives with clearly defined and well-conceived innovative strategies that are intended to improve undergraduate student success. The duo’s proposal will target sophomore students who are on academic warning or probation, with an intervention of a non-cognitive risk survey to improve student self-awareness, and an action plan created to address the identified challenges.

In addition to traditional measures, students will also be required to take a non-cognitive survey to measure their motivation, self-regulation, resiliency and attitude. The results of the survey will be coupled with an action plan to address deficiencies, with an overall goal to increase the sophomore student retention rate at the university.

“I congratulate David and Michael for taking the initiative to develop a creative grant program that will improve student success here at Dixie State now and in the future,” said DSU Vice President of Student Services Frank B. Lojko.

The Alan E. Hall Innovation for Undergraduate Student Success Award is presented every other year to one faculty or staff member, or collaborative team, at each USHE institution, who have clearly identified a well-conceived innovative strategy they wish to implement that leads to undergraduate student success. The goal of the award is to reward an innovative strategy leading to student success that is likely to be highly effective and replicable.