Steph Preschel serves as the Director for academic success in Academic Support & Retention and has been a part of the team since 2013. She focuses on collaborating with multiple academic departments and colleges to support and improve student learning and foster equitable academic experiences for all undergraduate students. More specifically, Steph oversees AS&R’s partnership efforts to improve outcomes in gateway courses and implement campus-wide learning mindset initiatives. She also oversees centralized academic support programs that are grounded in evidence-based learning practices, including Supplemental Instruction (SI), Learning Assistants, and Peer Led Undergraduate Study. The positive effect of SI on students grades and retention was recently featured in the Journal of Experimental Education.
Steph collaborates with a variety of academic support centers across campus, and coordinates the Academic Support Tracking System, a tool utilized by over fifteen centers for evaluation and assessment. Prior to her role in AS&R, Steph held positions in Residence Life and Gender and Sexuality Resources. Stephanie earned a Masters of Arts degree in Student Development in Post-Secondary Education and a Bachelors of Business Administration degree in Marketing from the University of Iowa.