"Stay the course and when the going gets tough, remember it is not about you but about the students." - Dr. Vincent Tinto
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.
The newly approved plan notes that the University met its goals for 2016-18. Highlights:
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.
Nearly 73 percent of UA students continued from their first year of study into their second year.
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.
List of academic and personal resources on campus for students