Shippensburg University is currently seeking a Vice President for Enrollment Management & Student Success. The Vice President will work with senior leadership in administrative and academic units to develop a three-year enrollment management plan which increases the number of students and reduces their time-to-degree along with their associated cost. The successful candidate for this position, which reports to the president and serves on her cabinet, will have demonstrated experience in using data to develop operational plans, coordinating units across campus which are not in the EM portfolio to improve student success and in aligning objectives within the institution’s strategic plan.
The Vice President will need to forge and maintain collaborative relationships with the Provost, Academic Deans, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Information Office, Student Affairs, and Marketing. It is necessary that the incumbent have an established track record of embracing and enhancing a diverse student body as well as workplace. The vice president will be a strong communicator, highly visible, transparent, collaborative, and possess a strong work ethic.
This is an exciting and unique opportunity for an innovative and ambitious individual to join the senior leadership team under our new president, Laurie Carter, a highly respected leader, as she embarks upon enhancing the distinction of Shippensburg University.
Shippensburg University (Ship) was founded as the Cumberland Valley State Normal School in 1871 and received official recognition and approval by the commonwealth on February 21, 1873. Two months later, on April 15, we admitted our first class of 217 students from south-central Pennsylvania. Seeing greater potential for the school, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania purchased it in 1917. Over the next few decades, great strides were made.
On November 12, 1982, the governor of the Commonwealth signed Senate Bill 506 establishing the State System of Higher Education. Shippensburg State College was designated Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania effective July 1, 1983. Shippensburg University is a comprehensive university offering bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Education and Human Services. Where we first served the educational needs of students from south-central Pennsylvania, we now instruct students from across the entire Commonwealth, 20 states, and 15 countries. We are part of the State System of Higher Education, which is made up of 14 universities throughout Pennsylvania.
Our curricula are organized to enable students to develop their intellectual abilities and to obtain professional training in a variety of fields. The foundation of the undergraduate curriculum is a required core of courses in the arts and sciences. These courses prepare students to think logically, read critically, write clearly, and verbalize ideas in a succinct and articulate manner. They also broaden students' knowledge of the world, both its past and present.
Shippensburg University has helped generations of students become successful and we have greatly contributed to the region's success as well.
While we will continue to sustain and enhance our high-quality education for students, we will also maintain and develop programs and services for citizens, businesses, industries, schools, and governments in the Cumberland Valley and beyond. Overall, our purpose is to help build a better, stronger south-central Pennsylvania - economically and culturally - through people who have the abilities, skills, and values to compete in a technologically evolving world.
Key areas of responsibility will include the following: engage in an analytical, empirical, data-driven approach to problem solving and decision-making and facilitate a culture of evidence in enrollment management and student success. Specific areas of oversight include the Office of Admissions, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid, New Student Orientation, Military & Veteran Student Services, International Programs, Career Center, and a wide array of academic support programs to enhance student success.
Key goals will include the following:
Increase first to second semester retention rates;
Increase graduation rates at 4- and 6-year level;
Develop a three-year projection of enrollment and tuition generated revenue by student segment;
Recommend additional academic programs which would enhance enrollment;
Recommend an optimized class schedule, which reduces stress on infrastructure, maximizes classroom usage and allows for students to decrease their time-to-degree;
Develop and implement a marketing campaign which enhances enrollment;
Structure professional development plans for staff;
Increase enrollment of international and out-of-state students;
Increase enrollment of graduate students into tuition generating programs;
Establish admission guidelines which increase access as well as provide predictive data upon indicating which students will require additional support – may include non-cognitive variables;
Identify critical course enrollment bottlenecks as well as gateway courses which are delaying student progression to degree;
Establish a financial aid model which reduces the overall discount rate yet increases enrollment and decreases time-to-degree;
Develop an enrollment plan which focuses upon adult and part-time students as well as first time fulltime;
Identify reasons why admitted students choose to enroll elsewhere;
Identify reasons why enrolled students transfer to other institutions or cease studying altogether;
Develop strong partnerships with other schools which can yield well prepared transfer students;
Identify courses with high D/F/W and repeat grades and work with deans
Qualified candidates must have a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum of ten years of progressively responsible related experience. Successful performance in an on-campus interview is required.
For full consideration all candidates should apply online at https://jobs.ship.edu by October 27, 2017 with acceptance of materials continuing until the position is filled. Materials submitted in other formats including paper documents will not be considered. All applications and inquiries will remain confidential.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer and, in compliance with federal and state laws and university policy, is committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals from traditionally underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.
Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania is a bachelor and master’s degree granting institution with a rich history of teaching excellence. Established in 1871, Shippensburg has grown into a comprehensive regional public university, serving a population of over 5600 undergraduate and 1000 graduate students. The University also continues to be recognized through the Chronicle of Higher Education’s... survey identifying “Great Colleges to Work For.”The historic borough of Shippensburg is in a small town setting in the growing region of south central Pennsylvania, at the conjunction of two major highways, Interstate 81 and 76. Located in the picturesque Cumberland Valley, Shippensburg is 45 minutes from Gettysburg and the state capital of Harrisburg, one hour from Hershey, PA, and 2 hours from Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C.