Purdue Profiles: Taylor Brodner

Sept. 20, 2017 | Student Success Programs

Immediately after earning her Purdue degree, Taylor Brodner was hired to help transform the data and systems management of Student Success Programs. While she previously viewed these programs as exceptional based on her own student experience, she now has a bird’s-eye view of the myriad ways these interconnected departments boost student retention and graduation rates. As information systems specialist for the Office of Institutional Research, Assessment and Effectiveness (OIRAE), Brodner’s main focus is to help programs understand and tell a story about their students’ success, with data as the backdrop.   

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New documentary zooms in on diverse World War II experiences

Aug. 31, 2017 | Veterans Success Center

Narratives from World War II are most commonly told from the white male perspective. But graduate student Michelle Martindale, working for Purdue’s Veterans Success Center, wanted to amplify the voices of Purdue women and minorities who also contributed their efforts to the war. 

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Student support specialist leverages personal experiences to aid 21st Century Scholars' success

Mar. 20, 2017 | 21st Century Scholars

As an undergraduate at Purdue, Sarah Kercher honed her student support skills as a Peer Success Coach for the Academic Success Center and peer consultant for the Center for Career Opportunities. Just months after graduating, Kercher is taking her passion for helping students to the next level as support specialist for more than 800 of Purdue’s 21st Century Scholars.

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Student Advisory Committee promotes access, inclusion in tandem with March Disability Awareness Month events

Feb. 20, 2017 | Disability Resource Center

Purdue student Noa Kossmann has a visual impairment that can’t be corrected with eyeglasses, contacts or surgery. But that never stopped Kossmann’s elementary school art teacher from hassling the student about her eyesight. One time, the art teacher became so angry at Kossmann for not wearing glasses that she screamed at her during class, so loudly that teachers down the hall overheard the confrontation.

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Dean of Students Emerita reflects on ‘progressive feminist’ Helen Schleman, Span Plan history

Dec. 21, 2016 | Span Plan

With a mission to “keep women from going to seed intellectually,” Purdue Dean of Women Helen Schleman founded Span Plan in 1968. To this day, the program provides education and career counseling for nontraditional students, including those who are married, have children, or are returning to college later in life.

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Student veteran to carry Indiana Bicentennial Torch to honor astronaut, alumnus Gus Grissom

Oct. 13, 2016 | Veterans Success Center

When Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch arrived in West Lafayette on Oct. 12, Purdue student Dustin Weisner carried the flame for about a quarter of a mile to honor the late Gus Grissom, a Purdue alumnus and astronaut who also served in the military.

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Eight questions to ask when evaluating the impact of student success programs

Dec. 9, 2015

How many student retention and support initiatives can you count on your campus? Probably dozens. But when it comes time to isolate which particular program or intervention made a meaningful impact on any given student's outcomes, institutions struggle to come up with clear answers.

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