2. Enhance the Student Experience and Success
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Aspirations

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Enhance the Student Experience and Success

As a person-centered University, Richmont will provide its students with holistic growth opportunities. Intentional experiences designed to help students evolve across all developmental domains – spiritual, physical, cognitive, professional, interpersonal, call to Christian service and justice – will further facilitate their life and career success.
To achieve this Aspiration, we will…

Impanel a cross-sectional task force to develop a comprehensive plan for co-curricular student development. This plan should include greater opportunities for community service, affinity groups/student organizations, leadership development, mentoring, and career exploration.

 

Introduce a Richmont Retreat Experience for all new/continuing/graduating students, with different tracks depending on place in program. The Retreat will build cohesion among 1st years, support and renewal to 2nd years, and reflective as well as career development experience for 3rd years. This Retreat promises to be a watershed developmental experience for students in their quest for deeper bonds, wisdom, sense of personal mission, and inspire a lifelong desire for doing Christian good.

 

As a person-centered institution, Richmont will devote more attention and resources to developing students holistically and with a strong bent toward wellness. The THRIVE Quality Enhancement Plan made a great stride toward embedding emotional and spiritual self-care in University culture. Not stopping there, well-being also includes physical wellness. To that end, Richmont will create pathways to health as well as fitness opportunities that are accessible, affordable, and communal.

 

Strengthen the career development preparation that School of Counseling students receive through a structured program that facilitates their transition to the professional world of work.

Principle Initiatives

2019

  • Scholarship support for Richmont students has increased drastically over the past three years. Averaging a 46% increase, scholarship support has grown from approximately $70,000 to $190,000, benefiting an additional 61 students.
  • The Office of Student Affairs continues to increase its impact on the lives of Richmont students through expanded virtual opportunities for connection (41 in the last year) including online orientation, virtual prayer times, lunch-and-learns, and virtual “student lounge” times, with all information centralized through the newly introduced Student Affairs app.

 

100% Complete or Complete & Ongoing

2020

  • Introduced new, High impact learning experiences creating an avenue for research-based collaboration between faculty and student for presentation and publication.
  • The Office of Alumni and Career Services launched the first, annual “Student Success Series”, a six-week virtual series of Alumni-led presentations focused on student career success, including such topics as networking, marketing, business strategy, budgeting & financial, and licensure.
  • The Office of Student Affairs is launching the first student support class, Enrich 101, in the Fall of 2021. This course will help prepare incoming students to understand Graduate school expectations, writing and class presentations, time management skills, stress reduction, self-care strategies, and further orient students to Richmont’s integrative, Christian learning model.

 

100% Complete or Complete & Ongoing

2021

  • The Office of Alumni and Career Services has grown the alumni mentorship program to include an additional 10% of new mentors each year and overseen a 300% increase in participation between alumni mentors and student mentees.

 

50% Complete or Complete & Ongoing; 50% Deferred