Oglala Lakota College Retention Department strives to provide quality opportunities and support services to rebuild the Lakota Nation through education.
Oglala Lakota College Retention Department embraces Wolakolkiciyapi to increase recruitment, retention, persistence, and completion. Oglala Lakota College accomplishes this task through the implementation of a comprehensive Enrollment Management Plan through collaboration and unity.
Enrollment Management Department
The purpose of the enrollment management department is to provide an empirically designed comprehensive and systematic enrollment management plan to attract, recruit, and retain students. The depart will connect academic and non-academic units together and connect the units to the Mission of the college. The plan will help create a sustained retention system that allows the units to track student success, persistence and retention. The results of the data will help to determine if the institutional strategies have been successful. The results of the data will help units develop strategies for improvement. In addition the results will help allocate resources to critical areas within the institution to support the student learning environment.
Oglala Lakota College defines enrollment management as a strategic and comprehensive approach that encompasses Oglala Lakota College’s unique vision, mission, and Institutional Effectiveness Plans of academic and non-academic units, to ensure that the data is used to obtain desired recruitment, retention, persistence, and graduation rates of students.
The Enrollment Management Plan guides the process through a combination of immediate action and short-term efforts to meet the needs of the current students. The outcome data will identify trends to help long term planning and establish appropriate performance indicators for future goals.
Early Alerts are also under the Enrollment management umbrella it’s a form of communication between faculty and key OLC staff to provide an alert regarding the academic status of OLC students. Early Alerts can be categorized in one of the 13 areas of student concern which include:
- Academic - Attendance
- Academic – General
- Academic Grades
- Employment Issues
- Family & Child Care
- Financial - General
- Financial - Overdue
- Health Related
- Social/Personal Concern
- Tardy/Leaving Early
Early Alerts will be generated from the faculty level and will be provided to the appropriate counselor and retention advisor. Early Alerts will be created upon student absence from one class and after faculty has failed to make contact with student through phone calls and email.
Follow up with appropriate actions from faculty will be the first attempt to contact students regarding their Early Alert.
Upon three attempts to contact student, an intervention will be created updating counselor (Primary Advisor) and retention advisor of the status of communication and efforts to contact student including specific details of contact.