Goal Area: Student Success


Inclusion of student success as a central goal in our strategic plan fundamentally aligns with the core mission of CMU. We recognize that success is multifaceted and encompasses not only academic growth but also critical thinking, personal development, and career-readiness. Moreover, a focus on student success emphasizes a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion, ensuring that all students, regardless of background, have opportunities to thrive. Student success contributes to the development of well-rounded, empowered individuals ready to make meaningful contributions to their communities and the world beyond the classroom.


  1. Foster a holistic support system for students at every stage of their education from recruitment to after graduation (incl. graduate students)
  2. Enhance student access to co-curricular experiential learning experiences
  3. Strengthen our mentoring culture (students to students within majors, alumni to students, external partners to students, faculty to students)
  4. Communicate institutional support structures, opportunities, and success stories to all students openly and explicitly
  5. Support opportunities for students to develop relevant, transferable skills
  6. Provide and explicitly value alternative pathways for students to engage in learning


Create a 1-credit mandatory professional development course for all entering students by intended majors where all information is communicated and peer-mentoring is built in, with possible visits from academic advisors (use environmental science/meteorology as a working model in CSE). [Supports strategies 1, 3, 4, 5] [also supports Goal area DEIJB]

Metrics measured every year

  • Enrollment in CSE
  • Retention within CSE
  • # of students logging in to Blackboard intended major shelves
  • # of students using CSE Student Success Center
  • # of students participating in co-curricular experiential learning opportunities (including internships, work experiences and research experiences)
  • # of students engaging with academic advisors
  • # of students using alternative pathways
  • Exit survey data from students that include satisfaction (both undergraduate and graduate, incl. non-completing students)
  • Percentage of CSE graduates that acquire a STEM career and keep it 1 year past employment.

Please share your feedback with this goal area below by Friday, February 23, 2024. Comments on which strategies and tactics you like and/or dislike will be most helpful.