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The Assistant/Associate Vice President for Student Success (AVPSS) reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Student Success(VPAASS) and works collaboratively with each of the UT campuses to provide coordination of student success across the UT System. The AVPSS is expected to collaborate with campus leadership, chief student affairs officers, academic affairs and student success staff, as well as other campus stakeholders in an effort to promote a high- quality academic student experience. The AVPSS will coordinate with UT campuses in areas including,butnotlimitedto,recruitment, retention, enrollment, access and affordability, campus change, transfer student success, First-Year Experience, advising, mental health and wellbeing, UT Promise, career development, high impact practices, mentoring and coaching, financial literacy, veteran resources, student support services, and tracking outcomes. The AVPSS is expected to support student success at all UT campuses and represent the UT System in state, regional, and national student success initiatives.
Additionally, the AVPSS provides support to the Education, Research, and Service Committee of the UT Board of Trustees, and interfaces with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR), Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), Tennessee Department of Education, Tennessee Board of Education, Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC), Locally Governed Institutions (LGIs), and the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association (TICUA).
The successful candidate is expected to contribute in measurable ways to the systemwide mission and fully embrace the systemwide "BE ONE UT Values."
The AVPSS will work collaboratively to create a vision for student success across the UT System; use data-informed tools to identify opportunities to enhance retention, persistence, and degree completion; and eliminate attainment gaps for historically underserved and underrepresented student populations. The AVPSS is expected to broadly support all aspects of student success; engage in student success activities and initiatives; work to implement strategies to further advance efforts to enhance educational excellence; and interface with UT campuses to advance initiatives for access, retention, student engagement, high impact practices, and persistence to degree. The AVPSS works collaboratively with the UT Office of Institutional Effectiveness, the UT Office of General Counsel, and the UT Office of Government Relations and Advocacy on all matters related to systemwide student affairs and student success; and is expected to develop strong working relationships with campus counterparts.
The AVPSS supports the Vice President in staffing the Education, Research, and Service Committee of the UT Board of Trustees; strategic and long-term student success planning; overseeing systemwide student success initiatives; and coordinating admission, progression, and retentionstandardsandinitiatives.TheAVPSSfurther assists with University policies and campus implementation procedures concerning student conduct, rights and responsibilities, and implementation of the campus Student Handbooks. The successful candidate is expected to provide innovative leadership and engage in purposeful collaborations in the areas of strategic planning, communication, program development, and assessment of activities that support the systemwide goals of increasing retention and graduation, as well as enhancing the student experience. The AVPSS will interface with colleagues across UT campuses to implement and measure student success efforts, particularly in areas that positively affect access, engagement, wellbeing, belonging, and affordability, and utilize data and available evidence to identify opportunities systemwide.
Working collaboratively with the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, the AVPSS will support transfer and articulation policies and initiatives with the TBR institutions and among institutions within the UT System; collaborate on reverse transfer policy and processes statewide;review and refine student policies affected by the Tennessee Uniform Procedures Act; provide input and/or gather information for proposed legislation affecting students; and assist in preparation for budget hearings with the governor and state legislature.
The AVPSS will supervise system-level student success staff; advise the VPAASS and UT President on matters related to student success; utilize data-driven, decision-support tools to identify opportunities to enhance retention, persistence, and degree completion; and advance the use of data to inform best practices for student success to meet benchmarks for retention, graduation, and student success.
AsamemberoftheOfficeof Academic Affairs and Student Success, the AVPSS will be responsible for keeping the team apprised of any issues that impact student success across UT; developing and maintaining collegial and productive working relationships with UT System colleagues, chief academic officers and chief student affairs officers of each campus; and facilitating efforts to ensure the System achieves its overall mission to educate, discover, and connect.
The AVPSS is expected to champion a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. The AVPSS will possess a deep commitment to these values and demonstrates action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the University.
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