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Student Success in Retention and Completion

"Stay the course and when the going gets tough, remember it is not about you but about the students." - Dr. Vincent Tinto

Results: First-year retention, 2011 - 2015

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

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Fall 2016 Update

Early success cited, next steps planned

THE RETENTION PLAN is well under way, with impressive early results, though much work remains. That was the overriding message as more than 100 faculty, staff and administrators convened fro two days in March to review progress and plot strategy. See overview and multimedia.


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Completion plan released

The Completion Plan was approved by the Board in July of 2016 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.

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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

Want to help out?

If you're interested in collaborating with colleagues on campus-wide retention and completion initiatives, then please complete the brief interest survey, and we’ll let you know when we plan to meet next.