Monmouth / About the College / News / Full Story

Director of student success

Barry McNamara
07/21/2011
Autumn Scott has been promoted to the newly created position of director of student success at Monmouth College. The strategy and supervision of her new position will be shared between the college’s enrollment management and student affairs departments.

In her new position, which she began on July 18, Scott is in charge of experience management and retention initiatives across campus. She will work with students, faculty and staff to improve the educational experience of the student body. She will also chair the Retention Action Team, a group of individuals across campus who will work with students, helping them persist toward graduation.

“The new position was created to establish effective working relationships across the college in programs that will impact positively student success, including academic support services, intercultural life, residence life, academic advising, athletics and orientation,” explained Jacquelyn Condon, MC’s vice president for student life. “As a full member of the residence life staff, Autumn will participate in the design, implementation and evaluation of the residence life program, including resident assistant training and the selection of RAs.”

Omar Correa, MC’s vice president for enrollment management, said the position is an important one, as the recruitment of prospective students isn’t the only way a college grows its enrollment.

“A major factor in Monmouth – or any college – reaching its enrollment goals is to retain the students it recruits,” he explained. “We already have some initiatives in place to address that issue – such as FLAG (For a Lower Attrition Goal) system – but having a staff member fully committed to student success will help reach even more students, and in a more timely manner.”

Monmouth’s FLAG system identifies students who may be at risk and allows college personnel to develop and deliver intervention strategies. In her new position, Scott will not only focus on individuals but on at-risk target populations, designing and implementing a student success strategy for each.

After graduating with an English degree from Monmouth College in 2004, Scott earned a master’s degree in college student personnel from Western Illinois University in 2006. She was a residence life coordinator at the University of Northern Iowa until she joined Monmouth College in 2009 as an assistant director of admission.

“With her background, experience and detail-oriented personality, Autumn helped the admission office run more efficiently and reach its goals,” said Correa. “Autumn will bring these same talents and commitments to the institution’s student success initiative.”