University Honored for Aiding Student Success

Pharos Resources gave special credit to Dean of Student Bob Lutz and Assistant Dean of Students Kate Magro for their "tireless work" to improve the utilization of Waypoint.Pharos Resources recently recognized PBA as its 2019 Lighthouse Award - Institution of the Year winner for the University’s commitment to student success.

Pharos 360 powers the University’s Waypoint Early Alert System, which allows faculty, staff or friends to identify students who are having difficulties emotionally, academically or physically so that they can connect with professional assistance and resources for success. Waypoint has helped the University focus on these students and increase retention.

“Our students are the true beneficiaries of the collaborative communication and individualized engagement fostered by Dean of Students Bob Lutz, his team and our faculty,” University President William M. B. Fleming, Jr. said. “While our rising retention rate and graduation numbers are compelling, it is the individual student stories which make the Lighthouse Award very meaningful.”

Pharos acknowledged Lutz and Kate Magro, assistant dean of students, for their tireless work to train staff and faculty, identify highest risk students and provide relationships and interventions.

Pharos credited the University for student support such as Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR) Days, the Bridges Scholar Program, the Impact Leadership Team and discipleship assistants.

Due to the concerted effort, the University saw a 206 percent increase in total referrals in 2018-19 from the previous school year. That includes a 124 percent increase in referrals from faculty and staff. Also, 182 students referred their peers, up from zero student referrals the previous year.

“Receiving this award is a testament to the incredibly hard work of Retention Coordinator Mary Brewer, Kate Magro and the Student Development team,” Lutz said. “It would have been impossible without such caring and holistic involvement across campus.”

Photo: Pharos Resources gave special credit to Dean of Student Bob Lutz and Assistant Dean of Students Kate Magro for their tireless work to improve the utilization of Waypoint.