Mohawk College to Boost Student Success Rates

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The President of Mohawk College deems student success one of the primary goals for the upcoming five years.

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Student success gets to the core purpose of our college.

Mohawk College President Rob MacIsaac set out a challenge for Mohawk’s entire faculty and staff that aims to bring student success rates to the highest rank in the province.

With hundreds of faculty and administrative staff members in attendance for Mohawk College’s 2012 President’s Breakfast, MacIsaac recounted the successes of the previous year and the goals the college has set for the year ahead.

One of the highlight achievements of last year was Mohawk being ranked number one for student satisfaction among colleges in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This is the second year Mohawk holds the highest rank in this category, an accomplishment made possible by several in-class and on-campus initiatives.

The key goal for the upcoming year is to increase student success rates. MacIsaac recognizes the efforts Mohawk faculty and staff have put forth in order to increase student satisfaction, and he feels the same can be done for student success.

“Student success gets to the core purpose of our college: To educate our students, and to help them graduate and find careers where they will contribute in meaningful ways to the health, wealth and prosperity of our society.” said MacIsaac.

Part of student success will be measured by graduation rates. With this in mind, MacIsaac has proposed the challenge of increasing Mohawk’s student graduation rate to match or surpass the provincial average of 65% in a span of three years. Within two years after that, the goal is to have Mohawk’s graduation rate be among the top three in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area.

Mohawk’s Student Success Initiative is already underway, and includes a designated committee, a refined student retention campaign, and several Student Services programs that offer full-time, continuing education and apprenticeship program students one-on-one academic advising and preparatory support throughout the entire semester.

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