2001 Progress Report
Recruitment & Retention of Students | Undergraduate Experience | Graduate Experience | Academic Programs & Faculty | Connection to the Greater Community | Infrastructure/Support Improvements
Recruitment & Retention of Students
With 2,170 new freshman students enrolled for fall 2001, the
target (by admission status) of 2,150 was exceeded for fall 2001.
The target of 1,850 for transfer students was well surpassed with
2,040 students enrolling. New graduate and professional student
numbers of 1,884 exceeded their target of 1800. An additional
2,500 new students enrolled during spring and summer 2001. A record
student headcount of 25,745 was recorded in fall 2001, with over
2,100 more students than in fall 2000. Table 1 provides
Diversity of the new students continues to be a distinctive feature
of the university. Not only do we continue to recruit a highly
ethnically diverse student body while significantly increasing
our admission requirements, we also are in the top ten universities
nationally for numbers of black students who graduate [Black Issues
in Higher Education, June 2001, lists Georgia State as 9th nationally
and 2nd (behind Chicago State that is 90% black) in non-HBCUs
(Historically Black Colleges & Universities)]. Table 2
provides data on student diversity.
An example of recruitment of minority students is the Bridge
Project, funded by NSF, that seeks to increase the number of minority
students majoring in chemistry or biology who bridge from Atlanta
Metropolitan College and Perimeter College to Georgia State University.
It offers students the opportunity to work in a Georgia State University research lab
during the summer. The program also provides tutoring/mentoring
for students and assists them with preparing professional presentations
of their research accomplishments.
Quality of the new freshman class was our highest on record with
an average SAT score of 1060. Similarly, the average GPA for transfer
students was the highest on record with 2.78. Table 3 indicates
increase in quality of admitted students.
Credit hour targets were also significantly exceeded, especially
in fall 2001 where over 273,000 credit hours surpassed our previous
highest total that occurred in fall 1997, the last fall term under
the quarter calendar. The average number of credit hours per student
increased to 10.6 for fall 2001 from 10.4 in fall 2000.
One-year retention rates increased to 78.8% for the fall 2000
class, an increase of six percentage points over our previous
three-year average rate. Two-year retention rates for the class
of 1999 were 60.5%, approximately the same as the previous year.
Table 4 shows increases in freshman to sophomore retention
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