Announced December 2018, having completed two data-driven University-wide reviews of current offerings and operations – Academic Program Review and Administrative Activities Review – UA established its plan for the next three years, outlining the important decisions and actions needed to help the University be distinctive in a crowded, competitive higher education landscape.
Two of the four priorities guiding the Action Plan relate directly to student retention and completion:
The updated Retention and Completion Plan was approved by the Board in June of 2018 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.
For 2018-20, the University is setting new goals, including to:
UA will continue to provide students with entryways to the University based on their preparedness. Under the Student Academic Success approach, students who are least prepared and were previously admitted under the Preparatory pathway are now admitted to Wayne College, where they would maintain their status until successful completion of 24 credit hours in good standing and successful completion of all remedial coursework. At that time, they are invited to join the main campus in full-standing.
They are also invited to attend a community college in good standing and to then apply for a transfer Akron Guarantee Scholarship on successful completion of 12 credit hours with a cumulative college grade point average of a 3.0 or higher.
That’s well above the 2017 national overall placement rate of 81%, according to the latest data from the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
After a multi-faceted communications and marketing campaign directed toward continuing students in spring 2019, early data suggests students not only enrolled sooner for fall 2019, but signed up for more credit hours.
With a pause in our conversation about academic reorganization, four good examples of creative and innovative programs have made great progress, or have launched:
“We are pleased that the entering class of freshmen shows a continuing increase in academic preparedness, which is an important indicator of success for those students,” said Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management William Kraus. “The average GPA this fall has increased to 3.50 from 3.35 last year and the average ACT score has climbed to 23.0 from 22.4 last year. This increase is a result, in part, of fully implementing the admission standards for new students and deferring those who didn’t meet the criteria to either Wayne College or to a local community college.”
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