Student Experience


To demonstrate fidelity to its mission, the college will focus its resources and work on the education of its students. The student experience will be the foundation for the college’s development and alignment of programs and processes, all aiming to enhance student success, learning, and development.

Priority Initiatives

  1. Improve retention, persistence, and graduation rates by deepening and broadening the impact of the Burton Center for Student Success, Student Affairs, and Athletics programming to impact retention, persistence, and graduation rates.

  2. Develop and implement a best practice Student Affairs model and co-curricular learning opportunities, including a 3–5 year plan for best practices in housing, living-learning communities, wellness, and student activities across all areas of Student Affairs. 

  3. Develop an effective advising program, including a year one and two advising center with a clear pass-off to majors.

  4. Develop and implement an integrated general education curriculum to align with mission, locational strengths, and a new definition of Lees-McRae experiential learning.
Student Experience KPI

Central to the success of the strategic plan is regular and recursive assessment, evaluation of the Priority Initiatives and their contributions to the Core Strategies, and the continued transparency of sharing this key information via the college's Factbook. To ensure accountability and optimization, each Priority Initiative will be measured against Key Performance Indicators (KPI) and analyzed for progress towards defined targets. 


    Student Satisfaction Metrics

    • NSSE
    • FSSE

    Completion Metrics

    • Retention Rate
    • Persistence Rate
    • Graduation Rate

    Career Outcomes Metrics

    • Percent employed
    • Percent enrolled in graduate or professional school
    • Percent not seeking employment/further study

    Advising/Support Metrics

    • Student-to-Faculty Ratio
    • Number and Percent of students seeking academic support services
    • Student attendance rate