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Student Success Collaborative

The Student Success Collaborative at UWM

The Student Success Collaborative (SSC), first piloted at UWM in February 2014, combines technology, research, process improvement and predictive analytics to help UWM positively affect student outcomes. By accessing and analyzing academic data, the Collaborative unlocks insights about patterns of student success. These insights allow advisors and faculty to have earlier, more proactive, and more data-driven conversations with students.

Key ways the SSC can benefit UWM:

  • Supports the focus on retention and student success among advisors, academic departments and colleges
  • Leverages "big data" by analyzing past student performance at UWM with the goal of identifying where students tend to get stuck or slowed down on their way to graduation, and to find the pathways and support services that most enable a student to be successful
  • Provides students and advisors course and academic major success metrics including alternative course and academic major trajectories.

Need help?  Contact the SSC SWAT (Special Weapons And Tactics) Team:  Comprised of advisors who have extensive experience using the SSC and can be solicited by new users or programs for assistance as needed. These volunteers are here to help you get the most out of the SSC. They can be contacted directly or you can reach out to the group by contacting Gesele Durham.

Name S/C Phone Email
Jennifer Derouche L&S x4737
Gwyn Wallander L&S x6017
Dana Northrup L&S x4654
Ian McLaughlin L&S x5876
James Hardy Business x5271
Shelly Bednar Arts x3903


Education Advisory Board SSC Dedicated Consultant:
Gina Schorr (
Gina serves as the consultant for the UWM instance of the SSC.  She can be contacted at the email noted above for virtually any question regarding the SSC.  Gina also offers webinars and call in sessions to the SSC user community.  If you need help getting set up with the SSC as a user or want to be included in the webinars, etc., please contact Gina for assistance. 

Spring Events:

Opens Labs:

  • Tues., Feb. 10, 1:00-2:30 p.m., Bolton 293
  • Thurs., Feb. 19, 2:00-3:30 p.m., Bolton 293
  • Fri., Feb. 27, 9:30-11:00 a.m., Bolton 293

Spring Webinar Series:

  • Fri., March 6:  What Your Institution Needs to Know about the “Murky Middle”, Northwest Quad Lab 1990, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fri., March 27:  Defining, Identifying, and Creating Targeted Campaigns for At-Risk Students, Northwest Quad Lab 1990, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Fri., May 22:  Understanding the SSC Predictive Model, Northwest Quad Lab 1990, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

SSC Technical Support/Data Transfer:  Provided by Tom Lemke and Ed Melchior (UITS) 

SSC Leadership Team:  Meets occasionally to discuss implementation and strategy moving forward. 
Gesele Durham, Chair
Robin Jens, Nursing
Chad Zahrt, SOIS
Shelly Bednar, PSOA
Jennifer Deroche, L&S
Tracy Buss, CIE
Kelby Spann, Social Welfare
Gricelda Estrada, CHS
Michele Fero, L&S
Kate Powers, L&S


Questions regarding the Collaborative at UWM can be directed to Gesele Durham. Additional information regarding the collaborative can be found here or by visiting the Student Success Collaborative website at the Education Advisory Board at:


SSC Implementation Timeline at UWM:
November 5-6, 2013: SSC Visit and Pilot Kick-off
Participating Schools/Colleges and Designated Advisors
Peck School of the Arts: Louis Molina and Shelly Bednar
Letters and Science: Ian McLaughlin, Laura Stark, Gwyn Wallander, and Lori Fitzenberger
College of Nursing: Deatra Holloway and Donna Wier
School of Information Studies: Toby Deutsch and Angie Sadowsky
February, 2014: Pilot Conducted
March, 2014: After consideration of advisor feedback and senior leadership deliberation, decision to purchase SSC
July, 2014: Campus-wide advisor training and full implementation