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1 Student Success Retention and Student Success at UMKC

2 Why Retention Matters

3 Why is Retention Important? When students are successful it benefits the student as well as their community; earning potential and career opportunities increase with the level of education. Departments are losing top performing students. Retaining students is less expensive than recruiting new students. First year persistence and graduation rates are standard measures of academic quality as well as measures of institutional effectiveness.

4 National Retention and Graduation Rates

5 National Retention at a Glance Improved freshmen persistence increases the likelihood that students will complete a program of study and graduate. This creates an important link between persistence and graduation rates. Freshman year is the most critical period for student retention; approximately 20% of students are not retained their second year. Approximately 41% of all college students drop out within 6 years of entry. Although we are focusing heavily on freshmen persistence, the ultimate goal is to improve student success and retention at every level and, ultimately, our graduation rates.

6 National Attrition Rate by Year in College First Year 20% Second Year10% Third Year9%

7 Source: CSRDE, Cohort from Public institutions with undergraduate enrollment from 5,000 to 17,999 Selectivity 1 st Year Persistence Rate 4 Year Graduation Rate 5 Year Graduation Rate 6 Year Graduation Rate Highly Selective 84.9%47.2%64.6%67.9% Selective77.0%29.0%48.5%54.1% UMKC70.7%18.8%32.0%44.4% Moderately Selective 72.6%21.8%39.9%45.3 % Less Selective 69.6%15.5%31.2%37.8% National Graduation Rates in Public Institutions by Selectivity

8 Retention and Graduation Rates at UMKC

9 Average Rates of Cohort Departure for Fall 2000-Fall 2009 Cohorts

10 UMKC Persistence Rates

11 Retention and Graduation of Minority Students are of Particular Concern Retention and graduation rates are consistently lower for under-represented students

12 Selective/Public Institutions 1 st Year Retention Rate4 Year Grad Rate5 Year Grad Rate6 Year Grad Rate UMKC American Indian 66.1%53.5%14.6%3.6%29.3%8.7%34.5%14.3% Black 78.1%64.5%23.0%9.5%41.7%22.0%47.9%26.2% Hispanic 76.0%69.3%20.9%11.9%40.4%17.8%47.6%31.9% Asian 83.0%82.6 %23.2%13.6%45.5%23.2%55.6%60.9% Nonresident International 77.7%83.2 %32.5%33.7%48.5%51.1%53.2%57.6% White 77.9%68.7 %31.1%21.2%51.1%34.8%56.4%45.0% All Average 78.0%69.3%29.1%18.3%49.0%31.2%54.8%43.9% Source: Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange, cohorts at 86 selective public institutions National Retention and Graduation by Minority Status

13 4 Retention Myths

14 Myth #1 Myth: UMKC students are not good students or not as good as students at other urban institutions. Reality: Incoming UMKC freshmen have high school performance and standardized test profiles similar to peer institutions.

15 UMKC Peer Comparison ACTAcceptancePersistenceGraduation Top 10%HS GPA25th- 75thRate UMKC31% %72%45% SUNY at Buffalo28% %88%66% Temple21% %87%67% Illinois - Chicago28% %79%54% Cincinnati22% %83%55% George Mason21% %85%63% UAB27% %78%39% Louisville25% %78%48% USF35% %84%48% VCU16% %83%51%

16 Myth #2 Myth: A large proportion of UMKC students are admitted to the university by exception. Reality: On average, UMKC admits 28% of an incoming class by exception.

17 Proportion of Freshmen Students Admitted by Exception UMKC Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning

18 Summary of Nature of Deficiencies UMKC Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning Number of StudentsPercentage of Students (a)(b) (a)(b) Not Meeting CoreACT/Class CoreACT/Class CourseRankBoth (a)CourseRankBoth (a) CampusTotalCriterion and (b)Criterion and (b) MU5, %6.4%2.3% UMKC %8.4%8.9% S&T1, %2.2%0.3% UMSL %11.1%8.4% System7, %6.3%3.0%

19 Percentage of Students Missing High School Core Courses UMKC Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning Foreign Social CampusEnglishFine ArtsLanguageMathScienceStudies MU2.0%3.5%3.6%6.5%1.0%1.1% UMKC2.3%2.6%8.2%11.1%1.6%2.2% S&T2.4%2.8%5.4%2.9%0.6%1.1% UMSL17.7%6.1%6.6%24.3%3.4%6.1% System2.9%3.4%4.5%7.3%1.1%1.5%

20 Myth #3 Myth: UMKC freshmen are working too many hours. Reality: UMKC freshmen do NOT work significantly more than the national average for freshmen in urban institutions.

21 UMKC Freshmen Who Work >10 hours – Comparison to Urban Universities Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

22 UMKC Freshmen Who Work On-Campus vs. Off-Campus Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

23 Myth #4 Myth: UMKC freshmen do not perform well academically; most non-persistors receive academic disqualification. Reality: Well over half of the freshmen who leave UMKC leave in good standing. 56% leave with an overall GPA of 2.0 or above. 28% leave with an overall GPA of 3.0 or above.

24 Source: UMKC Institutional Research, Assessment & Planning GPAs of First-time, Full-time Freshmen Who Left UMKC in 2009

25 Source: College Student Retention: Formula for Student Success. Alan Seidman, Editor.

26 We must build partnerships across campus. Student success takes the collaborative efforts of all members of the campus, faculty, staff and administration. Vincent Tinto, Leaving College

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