Spring 2023 Office of Student Success
The Scholars Academy, one of the Office of Student Success’ staple programs, welcomed its newest cohort of 123 students last fall. Fifty-four percent of these scholars achieved a grade point average of 3.0 or above (a sister program, the Student Transition and Academic Readiness program, or S.T.A.R, attracted 174 students). Twelve percent of the Scholars Academy students achieved grade point averages of 4.0. Finally, the persistence rate for this cohort is currently 93%.
Both tutoring and supplemental instruction continue to make a positive impact on the success of our MTSU
With our focus on Quest 2025, we are making great strides in helping to eliminate the achievement gap.
students. In fall 2022, tutoring usage (6,517) saw a 47% increase compared with fall 2021. As it relates to supplemental instruction, Athletic Training was added to the lineup as a pilot in fall 2022.
With our focus on Quest 2025, we are making great strides in helping to eliminate the achievement gap. There was a significant increase (66%) in Black males who attended tutoring in fall 2022 compared to the previous fall; there was a 44% increase in Black females who attended tutoring in fall 2022 compared to the previous fall. Overall, for fall 2022, there was an astounding 53% increase in
the total number of Black students who attended tutoring compared with fall 2021. We will continue to focus on increasing the participation of students of color as tutees and tutors.
Finally, MTSU was recently awarded a five-year, $1.4 million federal TRIO grant funded through the US Department of Education to support an Upward Bound program. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which high school students are graduating as well as the rates at which they are enrolling in and graduating from college. The program will be housed in the Office of Student Success and will serve up to 60 students from our four partner schools: Community High School and Shelbyville High School in Bedford County, and Smyrna High School and LaVergne High School in Rutherford County.