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Objective 2.1

Improve the retention rate for first-time, full-time students between their freshman, sophomore, and junior years.Reference to Strategic Plans: ASP 04 1.4 FPP 01 4.2


Reference to Previous Strategic Plans: ASP 04. 1.4 FPP 01. 4.2

ExCom Member:

Provost, VPSA & CDO

Assessment Tool:

IPEDS Retention Rate Data


retained to 2nd year 80%;
retained to 3rd year 66%;
retained to 4th year 60%. (2005-06)


85% retained to 2nd year
75% retained to 3rd year
65% retained to 4th year


76% retained to 2nd year
65% retained to 3rd year
66% retained to 4th year (2012-13)

Enabling Activities:

  • Implement recommendations of the Retention and Graduation Council.
  • Define strategies to improve quality of service to different populations of students (i.e., residential, commuter, transfer, part-time).
  • Study characteristics of both successful and unsuccessful students
  • Expand substance abuse assessment and interventions.
  • Focus on establishing best practices, clarifying expectations for academic advising, improving communication, professional development, recognition and rewards, and assessment.
  • Institute 15-hour schedule for all entering full-time, first-year students
  • Organize time blocks for offering courses.
  • Increase scheduling of courses at less used times to avoid scheduling bottlenecks.
  • Organize common curriculum of First-Year Experience course.
  • Improve and enhance academic success through participation in Living-Learning Communities
  • Enroll all first-year students in FYE course in their first semester.
  • Continue Early Academic Warning program to identify and support students experiencing academic difficulty.
  • Work with high schools to reduce students' need for remedial courses.
  • Provide residence hall space, support, and mentoring to more than 750 first year and transfer students each fall semester.
  • Enhance summer and fall orientation program for freshmen students.
  • Improve access to health care by utilizing newly expanded number of available exam rooms.
  • Continue to increase awareness of prevention initiatives/programs through effective communication with campus community/constituents.
  • Reserve employment positions (10%) for first year and transfer students.
  • Ensure consistent academic and career advising for all incoming students through CACE.
  • Support student needs through school-based advising centers.
  • Develop programs and intervention strategies tailored to the needs of students in the sophomore, junior, and senior years.
  • Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) will participate in Retention and Graduation Council to contribute diversity perspectives.
  • Use analytics to identify need for student interventions
  • Promote integration of high impact practices throughout curriculum and co-curriculum
  • Promote wider understanding of customer service


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