Division of Student Success
Student Success: Leading your learning outside the classroom, through a holistic approach with individualized efforts
The Medgar Evers College Student Success Division is comprised of the Office of Student Success, Athletics and Intramurals, Counseling, Accessibility and Accommodations, Health and Interfaith Services, Student Life, and the Center for Women’s Development and Male Development and Empowerment Center. The Division also includes the Transition Academy, which serves students who experience housing and/or food insecurity.
The mission of the Division is to address students’ psychosocial needs by providing resources and advocacy that effectively complement their academic growth and development. We support students’ rights and responsibilities and facilitate student leadership opportunities, including participation in intercollegiate athletics, peer mentoring, service-learning, and engagement in clubs and organizations. In addition, we coordinate college-wide mental and physical health education and provide services and accommodations to our campus’ differently-abled community. The Student Success Division also offers immediate assistance to students who are transient or in financial crisis and connects them to external resources available via our community partners. As a supplement to all of the aforementioned, we provide skills and knowledge that prepare students for the professional world. Our overarching function is to spearhead the implementation of policies, programming, and initiatives that serve students in myriad ways. Utilizing a holistic approach, while employing individualized efforts, the Student Success Division leads student learning outside the classroom and facilitates student success within and beyond Medgar Evers College.
Dr. Jesse Kane, Senior Vice President
Dr. Jesse Kane is the Senior Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management at Medgar Evers College. With a broad range of experiences in higher education spanning over 25 years, he has been instrumental in the design and implementation of programs that foster and promote student success, particularly for students of color. Much of Dr. Kane’s work has focused on the impact of engagement opportunities on persistence, retention and graduation. He has also worked with institutional partners in utilizing high-impact practices to help improve student outcomes. Dr. Kane has both presented and trained in the areas of student development; diversity, equity, and inclusion, and cultural competency; minority-male identity developmental and support; academic program review; leveraging learning communities for academic success; among others. Additionally, he has held many other senior-level administrative positions in both student and academic affairs at several institutions, including serving as Senior Education Policy Analyst with the Maryland Higher Education Commission, a state-wide higher education coordinating body. His experiences afford him a depth of understanding of higher education at the campus, state, and national levels. Dr. Kane’s passion for working with college students is best expressed through his professional motto of: “Students are never interruptions to our work; they are the reasons for it!” He holds a B.S in Biology and M.A. in Counseling from Bowie State University and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University.