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Graduation and Retention Network


The University of South Carolina is committed to meeting the needs of students in every walk of life. The Graduation and Retention Network's programs include three year degree plans, supplemental course offerings and alternative solutions to degree progression.

Our Mission

The Graduation and Retention Network's focus is to increase student retention and progression towards their degrees.

Our Staff

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Shelley Dempsey, Assistant Provost for Graduation and Retention

Dr. Shelley Dempsey oversees all services and programs hosted by the Graduation and Retention Network. Shelley earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in May 2021.

Amanda Therrell

Amanda D. Therrell, Assistant Director

Amanda is responsible for leading academic programming and for forming and implementing new initiatives for GARNET.

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Meghan Lipinoga, Data and Business Manager 

Meg is responsible for all of GARNET's data and assessment collection and reporting. She also manages GARNET's budget and helps provide leadership to our team.

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Helen Le, Academic Services Manager

Helen provides leadership for the Academic Services department and collaborates with our Student Services Coordinator to provide instructor and student support.

Taylor McRavin

Taylor McRavin, Human Resources Coordinator

Taylor facilitates all key HR functions and programs, providing hiring, training, and onboarding support for our staff and instructors. Additionally, she manages payroll and other related human resource services.

Kelly DeShazo

Kelly DeShazo, Student Services Coordinator

Kelly provides instructor and student support and advisement. She serves as a liaison between our Academic Services team and the University.

Catherine Rivera

Catherine Rivera, Office Manager & Administrative Assistant

Catherine supervises the day to day needs of the office and provides administrative support to our staff, students, and instructors.


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