Tracy Robinson

Director of Innovative Academic Initiatives

University of Memphis


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Tracy Robinson

Director of Innovative Academic Initiatives

University of Memphis

Tracy Robinson currently serves as Director of Innovative Academic Initiatives at the University of Memphis coordinating all credit for prior learning activities and directing the Finish Line Program, a degree completion initiative that re-recruits students who earned 90 or more credit hours but left the university before earning their degree. Under her leadership, the Finish Line Program has been recognized for numerous awards including the Outstanding Advising Program by the National Academic Advising Association, Turning Points Award by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities, and the Credit Program Award by the Tennessee Alliance for Continuing Education.

In 2017, Ms. Robinson received a Veteran Reconnect Grant from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) to enhance prior learning pathways for military connected students. She also serves on the THEC Veteran Prior Learning taskforce. Prior to her current role, Ms. Robinson served as an instructor and academic advisor. She was selected as the Alumni Association’s Distinguished Advisor in 2010. She is a proud alum of the University of Memphis earning her Master of Science in Family and Consumer Studies and considers it a privilege to work with students as they navigate their path to graduation.


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15 to Finish

Boost the number of students who are on track for on-time graduation by encouraging enrollment in 15 credits each semester (30 credits per year, including summers). Financial aid dollars, as well as institutional process and practice, should support that standard.

Math Pathways

Ensure all students enroll in and complete gateway math in their first year by designing math courses that are aligned with the skills students need for their chosen program of study.

Corequisite Support

Increase gateway course completion within the first year by enrolling entering students into the college-level math and English courses, providing those who need additional help a concurrent course or lab that offers just-in-time academic support.

Momentum Year

Build momentum so students meet first-year benchmarks: informed choice of meta major or major, enrollment in 30 credits with nine in the program of study and completion of gateway courses. Provide early support and guidance for decision making, using interest assessments and labor-market data.

Academic Maps with Proactive Advising

Default students onto highly-structured academic maps that include 15 credits per semester (or 30 per year), indicate milestone and pre-requisite courses, and empower advisors to effectively monitor progress and provide intervention as needed.

A Better Deal for Returning Adults

Increase degree attainment by inviting adult learners back to complete their education, providing a redesigned system that offers accelerated courses, year-round enrollment and predictable schedules. Give credit for prior learning and experience and additional support to help students navigate the system.

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