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Academic Engagement & Success

Academic Engagement & Success Purpose Statement

Our office empowers all students to thrive on their academic and vocational journey through successfully transitioning students into college life, collaboratively supporting the process of continuous improvement, and purposefully connecting students to their callings.

Our FYE Student Mentor Team is eager to welcome, transition, and connect you to the ӰAV community!

Our office is under the Academic Affairs division and collaborates closely with Student Affairs. Learn more about areas represented in our office:

Center for Career Connections
Undeclared Majors Advising
First-Year Experience and Student Success
Learning & Assessment 


At ӰAV, a thriving and successful student is defined and measured according to the following factors:

  1. Connected in diverse and meaningful relationships
  2. Engaged in their learning and certain of their major 
  3. Confident in their callings and equipped for their vocation(s)
  4. Spiritually challenged and growing
  5. Mentally, physically, and emotionally healthy
  6. Personally, financially, and academically supported

Meet the Staff

Jacqueline Schram Dean of Academic Engagement and Success

Jacqueline Schram

Dean of Academic Engagement & Success, Accreditation Liaison Officer, Associate Professor of French

Jacqueline supports the continuous improvement of student success and learning at ӰAV by collaboratively leading in the ongoing development, implementation, and assessment of student learning and success.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6283

Chasity Lucio

Director of Student Success and First-Year Experience

Chasity oversees the First-Year Experience and provides collaborative and culturally responsive support for students’ successful transition and engagement in the ӰAV learning community.
Phone: 574–372–5100, ext. 6104

Denise Terry

Director, Center for Career Connections

Denise oversees the Center for Career Connections, educating and preparing students for an effective career launch and connecting with community partners to support recruiting efforts. Additionally, Denise guides students in the choice of their academic major as advisor for all undeclared majors at ӰAV.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6101

Jaci Forshtay

Career Success Coordinator

Jaci is responsible for providing guidance to students in the determination of life goals and exploration of career choices. Jaci supports students as they prepare for the job market and/or graduate school.
Phone: 574-372-5100, ext. 6105