Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Higher Education Policy and Student Affairs

Committee Chairperson

Matthew Kruger-Ross, Ph. D.

Committee Member

Jacqueline S. Hodes, Ed. D.

Committee Member

John Elmore, Ph. D.


In this thesis, I explore the need for continued student engagement. I am proposing an office or department responsible for advising students in their co-curricular endeavors and assisting them in translating transferrable skills. I plan to launch this program with a marketing campaign to inform students of the benefits of co-curricular engagement, followed by a survey to gauge interests, a meeting with an advisor to review results, and an exit ticket that students can take with them, detailing the conversation they had with their advisor. These advisors will be available to meet with students at any time in their college career, including near graduation to help students market their transferable skills on their resumes. The goal of the co-curricular advising program is to increase student engagement with the university which, in turn, will increase retention and graduation rates.