States with performance based funding formulas for higher education, such as Tennessee, have increased institutions’ focus on concrete measures of student success, such as credit-hour progression, retention, and completion/graduation. Dr. Taylor will provide an overview of proven methods for increasing student success, along with how these methods could be customized in colleges of business.

Dr. Jaime Taylor serves as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Marshall University. After earning both an M.S. and Ph.D. in Engineering Science at University of Tennessee Space Institute, Taylor began his academic career at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in the Department of Physics. Taylor also spent four summers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center as a NASA Faculty Fellow with a focus on applications of soft computing. At APSU, he served as Physics Department Chair, Dean of the College of Science and Mathematics, and interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Taylor has developed considerable expertise in working with a performance based funding formula in Tennessee and is consulting on a similar project in the state of West Virginia. Taylor gains his greatest satisfaction from working with others to create an environment that doesn’t just help students to achieve their dreams, but encourages them to have big dreams to achieve.