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Student Success Committee (SSC)

The Penn State Beaver Student Success Committee (SSC) focuses on concerns and information related to students regarding situations that impact success, support, academic progress, health, wellness, and safety. The committee is here to support student satisfaction and retention.

The SSC drives student support initiatives, including New Student Orientation (NSO), New Student Day, and Early Progress Report (EPR) interventions as well as two campaigns called "Save your Academic Life. ASK ME for Help!” and “Stop Before You Drop!"

Additionally, the SSC offers a referral system that provides staff, faculty, friends, and family with the opportunity to share a concern about a student's academic progress, wellness, or safety. The program's main purpose is to be proactive in assisting students by identifying students of concern and intervening early with students who appear to have academic or health/safety issues.

What are the goals of the Student Success Committee?

Committee members confidentially report and share concerns and information about students and related situations that can or are impacting success, support, academic progress, health, wellness, and safety. The SSC meets once or twice a month to review information and/or to discuss relevant information regarding at-risk students and/or improving student success initiatives on campus.

Support and follow-up referrals will be made to the appropriate personnel, academic, administrative, student affairs, and campus Behavior Threat Management Team as needed. The committee chair(s) and members will provide liaisons as needed depending upon the concern(s) identified relative to unit operations. This committee is not meant to replace personal counseling intervention, academic advising, or other individual interventions by faculty, academic advisors, and/or staff. The SSC also develops cross-unit strategies and processes to continuously improve services and streamline operations to better support student success and retention.

Students will be proactively identified if they meet any of the following criteria. This is not an exhaustive list and reasonable judgment related to concern(s) should and will be used.

  1. Students identified as being academically “at risk” per cohort information developed via Enrollment Management Group/Enrollment Office and NSO initiatives.
  2. Students admitted on academic condition(s).
  3. Academic progress unresolved with initial faculty intervention; students not responding to faculty attempts related to class attendance, course performance, etc.
  4. Personal health/wellness or emotional distress, which may affect academic performance.
  5. Students on academic probation at the beginning of the semester.
  6. Academically-suspended students or those reinstated via appeal.
  7. Students receiving mid-term “alerts” or Early Progress Reports (EPR).
  8. Students in need of additional outreach/support due to urgent issues such as medical situations, e.g. car accidents and medical emergencies, and/or any personal and/or family concerns.
  9. Students in need of support and assistance relative to complex issues and/or the navigation of relevant University procedures and processes.
  10. Students who do not appear to be making academic progress, including progress in their major.
  11. Students experiencing financial crisis and/or difficulty paying their bill.
  12. Others on a case-to-case basis.

NOTE: For student mental health emergencies related to risk to self or others, suicidal ideation, homicidal ideation, or other imminent dangers, please call Penn State Beaver University Police immediately at 724-773-3888.

The Student Success Committee is responsible for the following:

  • Review of submitted forms
  • Determining the disposition of cases reviewed
  • Documentation of actions
  • Appropriate delegation for follow-up based on the situation addressed

What other resources are available?

Faculty and staff may find the following additional resources helpful when responding to student behaviors that are of concern:

Contacts for the Student Success Committee:

  • Gretchen Samchuck, coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies and Advising Program, 724-773-3677
  • Jill Tress, coordinator, Center for Academic Achievement and disabilities services, 724-773-3867


Audio files

Download the mp3 of Dr. Joe Martin's presentation given on campus on Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2014.