Peggram Named Director of Student Success
August 30, 2018
PLAINVIEW – As a result of Wayland Baptist University’s focus on student retention, degree completion and improvement of the student experience on campus, the university developed a new position that will focus specifically on those initiatives. Dr. Rosemary Peggram has been named Wayland’s first Director of Student Success.
The goal of the new position is to assist students in achieving their educational goals. Peggram will assist students in the waters of higher education. The hope is to make some of the difficult transitions faced by new students easier to understand and to eliminate barriers that hinder student success.
“There are a lot of things that affect retention,” Peggram said. “We are really working on trying to be attuned to students’ needs and trying to meet those needs immediately.”
Peggram comes to Wayland after four years as the Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Plainview High School. She holds a Doctor of Education degree, as well as master and bachelor degrees in environment and interior design, from Texas Tech University. From 1992-99 she worked as coordinator of recruitment and retention for the College of Human Sciences at Tech, and she also served as an instructor in the college. She moved to Plainview High School in 2014.
As her immediate focus, Peggram has been tasked with designing and teaching orientation courses for college students, and training other faculty to facilitate these courses. Wayland is starting a new approach to its college orientation course this fall as part of the Quality Enhancement Program. Peggram will take student feedback as well as research data on the best practices for orientation courses and how they correlate to student success in order to continually update the courses as needed.
“Wayland has brought me in at the moment to focus on the freshman experience, hoping that we can make students feel comfortable and welcome and decrease the fears that can come with going to college,” she said. “We want to help them use the right strategies to be successful.”
As the new position continues to evolve, Peggram will also look into other areas where Wayland can bolster student success and increase degree completion.