Monday night was a particularly notable evening for the Student Government Association, as UMKC Provost Barbara A. Bichelmeyer came in to discuss the UMKC Student Success Model.
The Student Success Model is a plan personalized for UMKC that aims to help students in five critical moments in their college career.
These five moments are access (aid with applying to UMKC), entry (the first semester of college), progress (the second semester of college), completion of schooling and transition into the real world outside school.
The plan was designed by looking at other universities with a high retention rate (such as the University of Florida) and seeing what they’re doing correctly to emulate their success.
Other factors taken into consideration are UMKC-based data, such as finance statistics and input from students, faculty and funding partners.
Increased supplementary instruction is one example of a student success plan. People who have attended three SI sessions for a class are 8 percent more likely to be successful in said class. Because of this, Bichelmeyer believes SI is an important investment.
Another student success plan is increasing faculty engagement. Bichelmeyer believes this can help lectures be more discussion oriented.
Bichelmeyer takes pride in UMKC being an access university.
“We’re not Harvard or Stanford,” said Bichelmeyer. “Our mission is diversity, equity and inclusion.”
The SGA met with Chancellor Mauli Agrawal to discuss a proposed bill that would make changes to Title IX. Agrawal wants to form a council to assess Title IX resources the university possesses to see if any training or alterations are necessary.
Agrawal also hopes to improve mental health resources on campus by examining the resources UMKC has and needs.
SGA week was another topic of discussion.
An event will be held every day from April 22 to April 25 to help promote student government and culminate with Rootopia.
April 22 will feature a student government leadership forum from 7-9 p.m. at the Student Union, room 401, discussing how to get involved with student government at UMKC.
On April 23, there will be a laser tag event in the old Swinney building from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
April 24 entails a “paint and sip” event where you can express your creativity onto canvas while enjoying tasty snacks and drinks from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Finally, April 25 will hold a field day, featuring food trucks and inflatables on the University Walkway, followed by rapper Aminé taking the stage at Rootopia.