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Student Engagement

Academic Advising—Developmental Advising Model
Utilizing the Title III Student Success Initiatives, MassBay is transitioning to an integrated developmental advising model. This model will consider the multiple entry points for students as they enter MassBay and accommodate their advising needs appropriately. This model is also a holistic approach to academic advising that takes into consideration the whole student and will enable more targeted interventions that include online degree auditing capabilities, an early alert system, and collaborative approach to advising students.

The developmental advising model will be adopted first by the Academic Advising Center in the Spring of 2012 and then gradually adopted by faculty and staff serving as advisors at MassBay beginning in the Fall of 2012. Training for the new advising model will be provided and made widely available for all.

Academic Support & Early Alert System
The elements of the Academic Achievement Center and Disability Resources are an important part of the educational system. The Title III program considers strategies to support teaching and learning strategies, developmental courses, and tutoring for all types of learners.

Recognizing the importance of tutoring, advising, and faculty involvement in students’ success, Title III will develop an early alert system utilizing a triaged approach involving the Academic Achievement Center and the Academic Advising Center. The Title III Student Success Initiatives project will introduce specially designed interventions for students who are placed on Academic Probation, or are at-risk of being placed on probation. This approach will complement the integrated developmental advising model.

Professional Development Workshop & Outreach Series
Multiple departments support professional development sessions designed to engage and facilitate faculty and staff discussion and collaboration on topics related to student success at MassBay. These types of presentations, discussions, and trainings will continue to be offered throughout the year, such as:

  • Conversation on Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Student Success > Retention
  • Managing Your Classroom or Department


SOAR—Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration
The orientation program was completely re-designed to consider the diverse needs of all new students. This program was designed to engage our students and employ initiatives to help increase retention. This program was also designed to support students’ self-sufficiency. The assessment of SOAR will be ongoing.