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Enders Recognized for Visionary Leadership

Published: December 17, 2014

Thomas Enders, associate vice president of Enrollment Services at CSULB, has been nationally recognized for his efforts to improve retention and graduation rates. He was recently presented with the Visionary Leadership Award from the Education Advisory Board (EAB), one of the largest providers of research, technology and consulting services to college and universities nationwide.

The Visionary Leadership Award specifically honors his efforts to provide advising staff with technology that lets them easily identify which students are struggling academically and orchestrate informed interventions with at-risk students.

“At Cal State Long Beach, we are all committed to student success. What Tom Enders has done to help improve graduation and retention rates is outstanding. We are proud that he and the university have received this national recognition for our growing success in this very important effort,” said David Dowell, CSULB provost.

Enders, who has been with the university since 1996, oversees many of the units involved in enrollment management, including admissions, student records and graduation evaluations. He has played a critical role in implementing the university’s ambitious eAdvising initiative, which helps students and advisors create academic plans and schedules that better allow students to make timely progress to degree.

Enders’ leadership builds on a long history of student success improvement at CSULB. In the past five years, first-time freshman six-year graduation rates increased by more than 20 percent.

“By transforming the use of data at Cal State Long Beach, Tom is having a real impact on student success,” said Scott Schirmeier, executive vice president at EAB. “He is an advocate for advisors and a leader among his peers. He continues to make sure advisors have the tools they need to keep more students in school and he consistently shares best practices with other members of the Student Success Collaborative so they can learn from his success. We are excited to honor him with a Visionary Leadership Award—it is a well-deserved recognition.”

CSULB was among three universities selected from more than 120 nationwide to receive 2014 Student Success Collaborative Awards. The other two universities honored were Purdue University Calumet and Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The awards recognize institutions and leaders who are improving student outcomes by using data and analytics to predict which students are more likely to drop out and proactively intervening with students at risk.

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“These institutions have shown national leadership in strategically supporting students through the use of data. Academic advisors at these schools are helping students stay on a path to success by intervening before there’s a problem—and getting students the resources they need to graduate,” Schirmeier said. “Students and schools both win when institutions get access to data that elevate the art of advising.”

Since its launch in 2007, the EAB, through its innovative membership model, has partnered with academic and administrative leaders at more than 700 institutions, helping them solve their most pressing problems. EAB is a division of the Advisory Board Company. For more information, visit the Education Advisory Board website.