Our Impact

In 2016-17, the Center for Academic Success and Excellence piloted several new initiatives to advance student success and provide a high impact educational experience for MU students. Listed below are CASE goals and outcomes for the 2016-2017 academic year as well as goals for the 2017-2018 academic year.

The mission of the Center for Academic Success and Excellence (CASE) is to support the persistence and graduation of underrepresented students. CASE does this by providing workshops, positive mentor relationships and access to resources that enhance students’ personal development and academic success at MU.

Outcomes achieved and progress made toward CASE 2016-2017 Goals:

  • Develop and provide programs and services that enhance academic enrichment of MU students, strategically focusing on underrepresented/underserved students
    • CASE Scholars Program – The program supports student development by facilitating workshops that help students understand and meet the requirements for entry into their academic discipline. The CASE Scholars program also connects students with faculty and staff in their academic colleges through socials and required one-on-one meetings with instructors to conduct mid-semester progress checks.
      • Impact: The CASE Scholars Program had a positive impact with the results showing that 99% of CASE scholars who participated in seven or more workshops in the Fall 2016 semester persisted to the Spring 2017 semester, compared to 87.10% of students who did not participate in any workshops. CASE Scholars who attended seven or more workshops in the Fall outperformed their predicted GPA in all advising groups. 81% of the CASE Scholars completed 24-plus credit hours and 28% completed 30 credit hours or more.
    • MU Connect – The student tracking and early alert system monitors and provides outreach to students. CASE completed 705 interventions in 2016.
      • Impact: 88% of the students who completed the intervention process persisted to the next semester, compared to 77% of students who did not complete the intervention process.
    • Undergraduate Success Program – Provides Brooks and Suggs Scholars with tools to ensure intellectual and individual success while enrolled at Mizzou. US Scholars received mentorship, training and materials as they undertake the sequence of programming and build a network of contacts. US Scholars learn how to navigate the academic community and prep for post-graduate studies or employment.
  • Develop and provide programs and services that enhance the financial literacy of MU students, strategically focusing on underrepresented/underserved students
    • Collaborated with Cashier’s Office, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Financial Success to develop a series of 34 financial literacy workshops
      • Impact: Over 500 students attended the financial literacy workshops during the 2016-2017 academic year. 200 students attended two Money Challenge events, where they learned about budgeting after college, repayment plans and loan forgiveness options through practical application.
  • Develop and provide programs and services that enhance the wellness and sense of belonging of MU students, strategically focusing on underrepresented/underserved students
    • Impact: Over 500 students attended a series of workshop regarding wellness, mental wellness, networking, student leadership, student involvement and student engagement. CASE Scholars participated in 14 activities/events that focused primarily on creating a sense of belonging.
    • Salute to Excellence – CASE honored over 200 graduating seniors at the annual Salute to Excellence event. The Salute to Excellence event celebrates the accomplishments of graduating Brooks, Diversity, Suggs and Summer Transition Scholarship award recipients. At this ceremony, graduates are recognized for successfully navigating their MU experience and achieving their academic goals.
    • Peer Undergraduate Mentoring Program (PUMP) – Upperclassmen (PUMP mentors) mentor first and second-year students through one-on-one meetings and group socials. Through monthly meetings with mentees, PUMP mentors share their strategies for navigating college successfully. PUMP strives to foster positive peer-mentor relationships that can contribute to a student’s sense of belonging, well-being and overall student success.
      • Impact: Forty-eight students (28 mentees and 20 mentors) participated in the PUMP Program during the 2016-17 academic year. PUMP Mentors averaged a 3.28 GPA for the 2016-2017 academic year, while their mentees averaged a 3.25 GPA. 89.2% of mentees are enrolled at MU and expect to return for the 2017 fall semester.
  • Develop strategic communication and partnerships with academic units, students affairs and university stakeholders that support student success and persistence of underrepresented/underserved students
    • Collaborated with the School of Journalism, School of Health Professions, School of Medicine, College of Engineering, and College of Arts and Sciences to begin the development of retention/persistence plans for underrepresented students in their respective academic areas.
    • Established ongoing partnerships with the College of Education, College of Business, College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources, and Human Environmental Sciences through workshops and regular communication with academic advisors.
    • CASE staff members serve on standing Student Affairs committee to provide a high impact experience for MU students.
  • Review and revise the Summer Transition Program curriculum (Summer Bridge Program)
    • The STP academic curriculum was changed from three courses, which consisted of two 4-week courses and one 6-week math placement course, to two 8-week courses.
    • Discontinued the math placement course, leading to a $18,000 cost saving for CASE and established a $500 program fee to defray the cost of the program.
    • Recruited Kemper Award winner, Dr. Wayne Brekhus to teach Sociology course for the summer.
    • Collaborated with the Missouri College Advising Corps (MCAC) to increase recruitment efforts to MCAC schools across the state. Worked with Academic Exploration and Advising Services to track STP scholars’ progress towards graduation.