Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan


 



     

2005 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 increase quality and maintain diversity 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 policies will be evaluated to minimize the amount of processing needed by the Admissions office and the student. Further, there are 49,000 students eligible to register each semester. An analysis will be made to determine what happens to the 22,000 who do not register - these students are another part of the "stop-in/stop-out" phenomena.

Recruitment

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, but we will add a minimum SAT score of 900 and a minimum high school GPA of 2.8 starting in fall 2005. The minimum transfer GPA will continue to be 2.5, initiated in spring 2004. Recruitment goals by admission-standing category are 2,400 freshmen, 500 non-degree students, 1,600 transfer students, and 2500 graduate and professional students for fall 2005. In addition, another 5,000 students will be recruited during the year. Credit hours should be similar to FY '05 and average hours per student per semester should stabilize at 11.1. 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.

Retention

We will continue to focus on initiatives to increase retention for our diverse group of students. Low six-year graduation rates are probably the single most important reason that Georgia State is still a 4 th Tier institution in US News rankings. For the fall 1997 first-time full-time cohort, the six-year retention rate was 32% - 18% below the predicted rate. Our first-year retention rates are at or above national norms, but there are significant retention losses in years two and three. An analysis will be made by program to determine effective strategies. Institutions with similar characteristics to Georgia State but better retention and graduation rates will be studied. Increased emphasis will be placed on departmental responsibility for retention of their majors, within available resources. A goal is to increase first-year and second-year retention rates to 84% and 75% for the entering fall 2004 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.

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