Florida Southern College is the oldest private college in Florida. Founded in 1883 by the United Methodist Church, Florida Southern College today offers 50 undergraduate majors and pre-professional programs to over 2,000 undergraduate students, as well as graduate programs in business, nursing, and education to approximately 135 graduate students. Named “Most Beautiful Campus” by Princeton Review, its Lakeland, Florida campus is also the home of the largest Frank Lloyd Wright collection in the world.
Florida Southern is a small liberal arts college with a “hands-on” approach to student engagement. As part of a long-term plan to further increase student retention and academic success, the College implemented Jenzabar Retention to enhance and centralize student success efforts across the institution.
“Our campus community realizes that retention is a community-wide effort,” says Shari Szabo, Florida Southern College Associate Dean of Student Success. “Jenzabar Retention is a canvas for helping us paint a detailed picture of each student. Numerous people put information into the system and a clear delineation of the entire student emerges.”
Jenzabar Retention is a comprehensive retention management solution designed exclusively for higher education. Jenzabar Retention aggregates student information from various academic and administrative systems across the Florida Southern College campus to create a 360-degree view of individual students—including academic performance, extracurricular activities, financial aid, and demographic data.
“Jenzabar Retention is a key component of our students’ ultimate success,” says Szabo. “What I really like about it is that everything is right at my fingertips. We need that integrated collection of information. I can easily see who a student’s advisor is; how they’re doing in their classes, their attendance, their cohort year; and who has reached out to that student. I can easily email the student and do follow-up. It saves me a lot of time and lets me do the job I need to do. Because we have Jenzabar Retention, our effectiveness and efficiency is greatly enhanced.” Continue reading…