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Student Success & Engagement

Student Success & Engagement

Welcome to Student Success and Engagement!

Kris Hansen-Kieffer

At Messiah University, student success is not simply defined as excellent grades or placement on the honor roll, but also how each student through out-of-the-classroom experiences, matures to a level consistent with the mission of the University - to educate men and women toward maturity of intellect , character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.

The Division of Student Success and Engagement is committed to developing and nurturing the whole student.  We achieve this goal through a holistic cocurriculum that continually assesses the outcome of each student's learning and character development. We believe these combined formative learning attributes prepare students for a successful and rewarding future, ready to serve and lead, out of a deep sense of who God calls them to be.

— Kris Hansen-Kieffer,
Vice Provost of Student Success and Engagement

Division of Student Success and Engagement Purpose Statement

The Division of SSE nurtures holistic development by helping students make meaningful connections through educational experiences, intentional Christian community, mentoring, and high-quality services that prepare them for Christ-like lives marked by compassion and resilience demonstrated through the SSE outcomes.

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