Committee Mission, Charge, Goals, and Membership


The mission of the Student Success Committee is to facilitate and support the means and measures necessary to ensure student success at Loma Linda University.


  1. Develop and maintain a systematic process to define, collect, analyze, and share student success data.
  2. Support activities that ensure student success at the program, school, and university levels.
  3. Identify and communicate best practices for program and systems development and assessment of student success.


  1. Define terms/indicators for student success reports.
    • WASC (time to degree, graduate rate, retention rate)
    • LLU “Current Student” Experience
    • LLU “Alumni” Experience
  2. Identify current methods of data gathering at LLU
  3. Create parameters for a first cycle of review in each of the three categories
  4. Define, collect, and analyze reports for WASC definitions
  5. Define, collect, and analyze reports for “Current Student” definitions
  6. Define, collect, and analyze reports for “Alumni” definitions
  7. Identify the theory that suggests best practices in student success
  8. Begin to suggest the best practices and processes for ongoing assessment of student success at Loma Linda University, based on theory and practice



  • Michael Iorio - Associate Chair, Radiation Technology, School of Allied Health Professions
  • Donna Thorpe -  Associate Professor, School of Allied Health Professions


  • University Services

    • Campus Ministries
      • Terry Swenson, Chaplain
    • Information Systems 
      • Doris Serna, Programmer Analyst
    • Educational Effectiveness 
      • Ken Nelson, Director
      • Diane Mattheson, Academic Liaison
    • Student Activites
      • Shawn Plafker, Manager Student Activities
    • Student Services
      • Karl Haffner, Vice President of Student Experience
  • Schools

    • Allied Health Professions 
      • Mike Iorio
      • Donna Thorpe
    • Behavioral Health
      • Adam Arechiga
    • Dentistry
      • Euni Cho
    • Medicine
      • Hansel Fletcher
    • Nursing 
      • Jackson Boren
      • Karen Ripley
    • Pharmacy
      • Justin Kinney
    • Public Health
      • Wendy Genovez
    • Religion
      • Calvin Thomsen