Student Success Academy

As part of the Higher Learning Commission’s quality initiative, Marquette University is participating in the Student Success Academy. The academy is a structured, mentor-facilitated three-year program aimed at evaluating and improving institutional factors that affect student success. In particular, Marquette University hopes to develop new initiatives designed to close the achievement gap for students of color, Pell grant recipients and/or first-generation students.

The Student Success Academy is built around the investigation of four key factors to help institutions identify their current realities and discover areas of opportunity for improving student success:

  1. Data: Who are Marquette’s students? What does the institution know about them?
  2. Initiatives: What is the institution doing to support student success?
  3. Infrastructure: How do the institution’s processes, policies and procedures affect student success?
  4. Engagement: Who is engaged in student success efforts? How is student success promoted and recognized?

Program Structure (Marquette University is currently in Year 1):

Year 1: Environmental Scan

Engage in inquiry to promote action on the key factors in student success.

Year 2: Analysis and Planning

Identify opportunities for systematic improvement through a Student Success Plan.

Year 3: Strategy and Action

Implement the Student Success Plan to support the institution's strategic priorities.

Marquette's Student Success Academy Team

  • Erik Albinson (Team Lead) – Director of Student Educational Services
  • Joya Crear – Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs
  • Jody Jessup-Anger – Associate Professor, Educational Policy and Leadership
  • Andrew Kunz – Professor and Associate Dean for Admissions, Retention and Experiential Learning
  • Laura MacBride – Associate Director of Institutional Research
  • Gary Meyer – Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
  • Seth Zlotocha – University Registrar


The retention and graduation rates below show Marquette’s overall rate compared with the rates of certain groups of interest for the most recent year of data available. For more information on retention and graduation rates or trends across time and by group, see Marquette’s Retention and Graduation Rates interactive report.

First to second year retention rates

Fall 2018 cohort

6-year graduation rates

Fall 2013 cohort