Action Plan for the University Strategic Plan



2004 Action Plan Progress Report - Undergraduate Experience

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

Strengthening Student Learning

Learning Communities

Freshmen Learning Communities (FLC) continued to attract an increasing number of students. FLCs were expanded for fall 2004 to serve approximately 940 students in 40 communities. For each of the first four years of FLCs, there is an increase of six to seven percentage points in one-year retention rates over students who are not in FLCs. Table 5 indicates that participation in FLCs is increasing. The Freshman Learning Community program was noted in the US News & World Report rankings of colleges.

Student Learning Outcomes

There continues to be development of student learning outcomes for both General Education and majors. All departments are developing measurable outcomes for their majors and appropriate assessments. Academic Program Review includes examination of student learning outcomes for programs to which a department contributes. Detailed information is available at

International students and Study Abroad

Number of international students hosted by Georgia State declined from 1,764 in fall 2003 to 1,666 in fall 2004, with a decrease of 160 in degree seeking students and most of the decline being at the graduate level. This decrease was consistent with nationally trends. During academic year 2003-04, 418 Georgia State students participated in study abroad programs, a 33 percent increase from the previous year. Table 6 gives the number of international students and the number of students who participate in study abroad courses.

Undergraduate Indicators

Undergraduate process indicators related to percent of hours taught by tenure track and full-time faculty are given in Table 7. Undergraduate output indicators such as number of degrees, percent of entering class who graduate in six years, and pass rates on various national examinations are given in Table 8. The University System of Georgia reports disaggregated retention rates and six-year graduation rates each December. The overall first-year retention rate for the entering class of 1998 was 75.8% compared with 83.2% for 2003. Thus, we anticipate significant improvement in six-year graduation rates for the more recent entering classes. An additional six percent of our entering cohort transferred to other System institutions. However, overall, Georgia State was a net receiver of transfer students.

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