Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2003 Action Plan Progress Report - Recruitment & Retention of Students

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

Enrollment Management

Strong increases in enrollment continued in 2003. Our targets of new students enrolling were not met but this shortfall was more than offset by increased numbers of returning students. A record student headcount of 28,170 was recorded in fall 2003, an increase of more than 650 students over fall 2002. Table 1 provides enrollment trends.

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 with baccalaureate degrees [ Black Issues in Higher Education , June 2003, lists Georgia State as 7th nationally and 1st in non-HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)]. Table 2 provides data on student diversity.

Fall 2003 saw a continued increased quality of new freshmen. Quality of the new freshman class was our highest on record with an average SAT score of 1075, an increase of 11 points from last fall. More targeted use of presidential assistantships to students with a minimum FI of 2700 increased the number of students with high FI scores. For the first time, the average FI is over 2700 at 2734, an increase of 45 over last year. Similarly, the average GPA for transfer students was the highest on record with 2.93. Table 3 indicates increase in quality of admitted students.

Credit hour targets were also significantly exceeded. Summer enrollment declined slightly from the previous summer. For fall 2003, over 311,000 credit hours surpassed our previous highest total that occurred last year by 12,000. The average number of credit hours per student increased to 11.1 for fall 2003 from 10.9 in fall 2002.

Undergraduate student retention rates were stable. The first-to-second year rate slipped slightly from 81.6% to 80.6%. The second-to-third year rate rose from 64% to 70%. The third-to-fourth year rate rose from 55% to 58%. Table 4 shows increases in freshman to sophomore retention rates and targets for years through 2006.

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