Student success in retention & completion

"You are on an important journey. This will be hard work. You can't do everything all at once. Stay the course and when the going gets tough, remember it is not about you but about the students. Their future is our future."

Dr. Vincent Tinto

Chart: First-year retention, 2011-13

Chart: First-year retention, 2011-13

Nearly 74 percent of UA students continued from their first year of study into the second year. That figure represents a 7.5% increase over the previous year's retention rate for first-time, full-time bachelor's degree-seeking students.

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Share your ideas!

The Student Success Steering Team asks you to share your ideas to enhance retention and completion.

Submit an idea

UA Summit on Retention

Students in class.In November 2013, hundreds of students, faculty and staff assembled to discuss and examine ways to create conditions for greater persistence and completion. 

  Visit the summit's site for video, outcomes and summaries.

Completion Plan

Completion plan released

The Completion Plan was approved by the Board in October and has been submitted to the state. Its goals were developed after examining both UA's student profiles and barriers to persistence and completion by UA students.

Detailed strategies and activities — along with corresponding metrics — are identified, focusing on such critical areas as:

  • ensuring students have the best start and the right support,
  • focusing the campus culture on completion and placement, and
  • aligning workforce development priorities with state employment trends.

A more detailed document will be released to campus soon; the Student Retention and Completion Plan will outline plans to address achievement gaps and other issues vital to improving retention and completion to achieve identified goals.

PDF icon  Download the plan.


Encouraging students to 'finish in time'

A parody of an infomercial is the centerpiece of a campaign encouraging students to take 15-16 credit hours per semester rather than 12, the minimium for financial aid purposes. See more.

More: Has "Finish in Time" worked?

Student Success Steering team

Meet the team of faculty, staff, students and administrators who are working together to organize the ideas from campus, to align them with the recommendations of retention expert Dr. Vincent Tinto and draft an actionable plan.


This page contains a wealth of articles, reports and books on the subject of retention.

PDF icon List of academic and personal resources on campus for students