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Programs and Services

The Retention Management and Planning office offers a variety of programs and services to students, faculty, and staff at Texas State.

Welcome Programs
Welcome Tents: A two-day program held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in the Quad. The purpose of the program is to welcome students to the University, provide directions, and answer student questions. We also provide students with various resources in order to give students the tools they need to be successful.

Welcome Bobcats: This is a service offered to new freshmen and transfer student that helps to identify student concerns. These students receive an email soliciting any questions new students may have about academic services, campus involvement, and transitional concerns. Once these questions are submitted to our web-based system, they are answered by the RMP staff.

Student Outreach
Quad Outreach: Throughout the semester, RMP partners with various campus departments to reach out to students in the Quad, provide them with resources from our offices and answer any questions they may have about student services.

Non-Enrolled Student Outreach: Each fall, the RMP staff contacts all freshmen from the previous fall semester who were not retained to identify
why they did not return to the university for a second year.

Bobcat Bond Program: The Bobcat Bond Program helps match second-year, transfer students and beyond with experienced faculty, staff
and peer mentors who act as support systems. A mentor establishes a one-to-one relationship and serves as a role model, advisor, guide and friend.

Prevention & Intervention
Brilliant Bobcats College Success Series:  Brilliant Bobcats is a workshop series focused on teaching students various strategies and skills for college
success. The College Success Series is a collaboration between the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs.

PAWS (Positive Action with Students) Alert: This early intervention initiative is intended to support undergraduate and graduate students experiencing academic, personal, or transitional difficulties. This is a web-based reporting system for faculty and staff to refer students to be contacted by Retention Management & Planning staff.

Programming for Special Populations
Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success (FACES): The mission of FACES is to create a campus-wide network of support to assist students who grew up in the foster care system to achieve educational success by focusing on recruitment, retention, and graduation.

Male Student Retention Initiatives: The Male Initiatives Committee (MIC) offers programs to aid in the retention and development of males on

Students Who Are Parents (SWAP): The Retention Management & Planning office designs programs created to understand and support the unique needs of students who are parents, such as workshops, family sporting events and arts performances.

Transfer Student Success: The Transfer Student Succes Team was designed to help transfer students with their transition to Texas State by coordinating activities that introduce students to campus resources and provide them with an opportunity to meet and socialize with other transfer students.

Parent and Family Relations (PFR): PFR communicates with parents and families about timely information to help their student navigate the
university and manage the many challenges of campus life. This initiative partners with the Family Association to sponsor events like family receptions during NSO, Family Weekend, and Family Day.

Student Appreciation
Students receive an email from the Retention Management and Planning office giving them the opportunity to thank faculty, staff and/or administrators for supporting them in their college journey. This opportunity is provided to new freshmen, transfer students, student veterans, and graduating students.