Student Success

Samuel Merritt University's framework for student success describes transformative learning for practice as the over-arching experience that prepares students for the healthcare professions:

"Through transformative learning experiences, successful students at Samuel Merritt University achieve the institutional learning outcomes and mastery of competencies required by their discipline and the broader health care environment. Successful graduates demonstrate a commitment to the core values of health equity and service to the community. Students develop habits of thinking (habits of the mind), skillful practice (habits of the hands) and professionalism (habits of the heart) to make a lasting impact on the well-being of people and society."

    Student Success Model at SMU
    Student Success Model at SMU

    Major ongoing initiatives in support of developing student attributes in the realms of hand (practice) heart (empathy and advocacy) and mind (clinical knowledge and reasoning) include:

    Assessment of Student learning: strengthening SMU’s capacity for deeper and more meaningful analysis of student learning and preparation for practice.

    Interprofessional Practice and Education (IPE): launching and assessing the SMU IPE Passport program to support an inclusive, respectful and collaborative approach to improving the health of individuals and populations and reducing health disparities.

    Faculty Engagement: growing a community of practice to inspire faculty and staff to support each other to be master teachers, learners, and scholars, with the ability to facilitate transformative learning opportunities for students.  In 2018, SMU established the Center for Innovation and Excellence in Learning (CIEL).

    Co-Curricular Learning:  aligning co-curricular learning in diverse and inclusive environments with SMU's Institutional Learning Outcomes.

    1. Licensure Examination Pass Rates
    2. Employment in Specialty
    3. Retention Rates
    4. Graduation Rates
    5. Program GPA
    6. Participation in educationally purposeful activities, community service, co-curricular activities
    7. Achievement of course, program and institutional learning outcomes