The Equity Scorecard process (2011-2013) provided many opportunities to close the equity gap for retention and completion of underrepresented minority students (URM) at West Chester University. The Achieve! program was created to support special admission first year students who historically were restricted to 12 credits in the first semester of study without support programs in place. Many of these students needed development course work in writing and mathematics, yielding only 6-9 earned credits in the first semester. Using a collaborative and cross-departmental and divisional model, students were permitted to take 15 credits and required to participate in the multi-dimensional support program, Achieve! The result—more credits earned and increased student success.
Christina Joy Thomas, WCU Student Volunteer
Dr. Jacqueline Hodes, Associate Professor at West Chester University
Jacqueline Hodes, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs at West Chester University. Her scholarship interests include understanding best practices in graduate education, specifically student affairs preparation programs, creating change on campus and strengths-based programming and advising.
Dr. Ann Lieberman Colgan, Assistant Professor and Interim Director of Pre-Major Academic Advising at West Chester University
Dr. Colgan's research interests include Jewish Studies in public higher education, and the theory and philosophy of academic advising, including the development of an overarching theory called dialogic advising.
Gerardina Martin, Assistant Professor and Director of the Learning Assistance Resource Center at West Chester University
Gerardina L. Martin holds an M.M. in Piano Pedagogy, a M.A. in English, and an M.Ed. in Higher Education, a J.D. and is working on her D.P.A. and Ph.D. She has Level III Master Tutor Certification from the College Reading and Learning Association.
Mr. Jake Maxwell, Early Alert Program Coordinator, West Chester University
Jacob Maxwell, M.S. Higher Education Counseling & Student Affairs, is the Early Alert Program Coordinator in the University College department at West Chester University. His professional interests consist of best practices in the areas of student support services, serving marginalized or at-risk student populations, and effective supervision in higher education.