Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2004 Action Plan - Recruitment & Retention of Students

Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience & Research | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements

Enrollment Management

Various initiatives to enhance enrollment, including transfer student recruitment and retention and graduation initiatives, will be continued and their effectiveness assessed. There will be a balanced commitment to recruit and retain all students - freshmen, transfer, non-traditional, international, and graduate students - and to maintain or increase diversity and quality of the student body. Very large numbers of applications are processed each year - in excess of 42,000. An analysis of the applications will be made to determine how many students are "stop-in/stop-out". If the number is large then policies will be evaluated to minimize the amount of processing needed by the Admissions office and the student.


We will continue to attract a diverse group of students who have higher SAT and GPA qualifications than previous classes. A minimum Freshman Index of 2500 will be used for recruitment of new freshmen, the same minimum as used for fall 2002. Starting with spring 2004, the minimum transfer GPA will be 2.5, increased from 2.3 in fall 2003. Recruitment goals by admission-standing category are 2,200 freshmen, 700 non-degree students, 1,600 transfer students, and 2500 graduate and professional students for fall 2004. In addition, another 5000 students will be recruited during the year. Credit hours should increase 10,000 above FY04 and average hours per student per semester should stabilize at 11.1. In particular, a goal is to continue to admit a larger percentage of freshmen students with FIs greater than 2700. [Increases have occurred each year since fall 1996, with 50% in this category fall 2003 - goal for fall 2003 of 52%]. More effective allocation and increases in the number of presidential assistantships would assist in attracting highly talented students. We will continue to expand the community of scholars program housed in the Lofts. Transfer student recruitment will be focused in particular on programs where there is upper division capacity.


We will continue to focus on initiatives to increase retention for our diverse group of students. A goal is to increase first-year and second-year retention rates to 82.0% and 67% for the entering fall 2003 class. Benchmarks for year-to-year retention of transfer students will be established. We will analyze success rates of transfer students from various institutions and increase our interaction with faculty and programs of those institutions that provide us with the majority of our transfer students. Increased emphasis will be placed on departmental responsibility for retention of their majors, within available resources.

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