La Salle University
Director of Academic Engagement Programs, La Salle University
The Director of Academic Engagement Programs, is a key member of the Academic Affairs team. She/he is responsible for providing leadership and vision for both the Academic Discovery and Summit Programs, which together support and serve more than 250 La Salle University undergraduate students, who are considered to be at-risk for a variety of reasons. She/he has specific responsibility for developing and evaluating services and curricula, and overseeing all operations for both programs. This includes managing the Act 101 grant and the La Salle budgets; supervising professional staff members; revising, expanding and delivering new learning initiatives; analyzing student risk, academic progress, retention and graduation data; and staying abreast of best practices with regard to persistence and student success, especially as it pertains to underrepresented student populations. Other responsibilities include overseeing the ADP’s summer bridge program; guiding the Summit Program Boot Camp; participating in faculty/staff development initiatives; assessing learning outcomes; teaching and/or advising.
• Manage the day to day operations of two programs, serving approximately 250 students who are at-risk for a variety of reasons and/or under prepared academically
• Develop and implement student support services and teaching and learning initiatives that increase each student’s potential for success
• Stay abreast of and implement best practices from the fields of literacy, economically and educationally disadvantaged student populations, developmental education, Lasallian pedagogy, retention, and student support services.
• Articulate mission, goals, and outcomes for each program, revisiting as needed to adapt to the needs of the student body and changing demographics
• Manage the Act 101 grant, submitting reports and data to the state in a timely and comprehensive fashion
• Provide financial oversight and manage both the Summit and ADP budgets, in addition to the Act 101 budget
• Develop and implement on-going assessments that evaluate student needs and the quality and effectiveness of existing programs and services, including but not limited to focus groups, surveys, portfolio reviews, and course evaluations.
• Track the academic progress, persistence, and graduation rates of cohort students
• Maintain regular contact with operations across campus in particular the Registrar’s Office, Admissions, Student Financial Services, Deans’ Offices, as well as the Career Center and Center for Academic Achievement
• Coordinate Program Advisory Boards
• Troubleshoot for students, staff, and faculty
• Supervise, mentor, and review staff members
• Participate in admission processes with regard to cohort students and review admission criteria and materials regularly
• Together with the cohort staff members and the University’s Assistant Director of Retention and Assessment, develop and oversee process for analyzing the risk of incoming ADP and Summit students, developing plans of support based on the data
• Together with the INST course Lead instructor, identify, recruit, hire, coach, and evaluate INST course instructors.
• Along with the INST course Lead instructor, continually revise curricula for the programs’ INST courses so they remain relevant to the goals of each program
• Along with the Assistant Directors, develop educational planning and life skills programming for the ADP’s Summer Bridge Program, the Summit Program Boot Camp, and the Academic Year
• Along with the cohort programs’ staff members and staff members from the Center for Academic Achievement, determine type, amount, and how best to track tutoring support
• Develop promotional and informational materials for targeted audiences such as current and prospective students, families, area schools, faculty, and staff.
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