College of Arts and Sciences Names Assistant Dean of Student Success
The College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University has appointed Tracy Tara Arwari to serve as the college’s assistant dean of student success.
Arwari, who was selected after a national search, comes to Syracuse University from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where she had served most recently as director of student support and family engagement.
“Tracy has a strong, hands-on background in student services and support that is a perfect fit for this new senior leadership role in the College of Arts and Sciences,” says Dean Karin Ruhlandt. “She has a clear passion for student academic success and collaborative problem-solving. I know she will be a tremendous asset as we continue to enhance advising and career services in ways that meet our students’ diverse needs and ultimately showcase the critical value of a liberal arts education.”
As assistant dean of student success, Arwari will be tasked with ensuring that students have the support they need to thrive throughout their academic career in the College of Arts and Sciences. Reporting to the dean and working cooperatively with faculty, she will develop a plan for systematic advising protocols and practices, continuing education for academic advisors and faculty, and the use of data analytics to inform advising and improve student persistence and completion.
Arwari also will spearhead new initiatives and protocols related to career guidance, and she will oversee the college’s advising initiatives and related assessment and training. Collaborating with other units and senior leaders, she will work to assure a successful student experience from the point of admission through registration, course enrollment, transfers, completion and career placement for the college.
Arwari has worked at George Washington since 2013 in the area of student support and family engagement, including as a case manager, as a student success officer and, since 2016, as director of the office. In that capacity, she handled a range of responsibilities, including collaborating on strategies to enhance retention rates and promote academic success; organizing cross-divisional team responses to address student issues or concerns; counseling students and their families on relevant policies and protocols; and facilitating undergraduate orientation programming, among other tasks.
“Students today face so many competing demands and expectations when they get to college that it can be overwhelming for them,” says Arwari. “Ensuring that they have the appropriate services and supports to focus their goals, maximize their academic experience and prepare them to successfully transition into the workplace is vital, especially in an intellectually rich environment such as the College of Arts and Sciences. The skills and habits of mind that students gain through the liberal arts are among the most sought-after qualities in employees today. I look forward to helping students develop those skills so that they are positioned strongly to achieve their highest potential in the world after they leave.”
Prior to her work in student support and family engagement, Arwari was a George Washington University graduate fellow for professional development and human capital. In that capacity, she co-chaired a committee on international student success, created a professional development curriculum for student affairs personnel to assure appropriate competencies and helped advance a training program for faculty and staff who work with student veterans.
Arwari also has taught classes in educational leadership at George Washington and served three years as a visiting assistant professor of Hispanic studies at The College of William and Mary.
Arwari earned a doctorate in higher education administration from The George Washington University, a master’s in Latin American studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree from The College of William and Mary.