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university of cincinnati s success challenge placing student success at the center

Maria Palmieri, PhD

Caroline Miller, PhD

Sr. AVP Enrollment

[email protected]

University of Cincinnati’sSUCCESS CHALLENGE: Placing Student Success at the Center

Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange

For Early Intervention Committee Meeting – October 16, 2008

uc status in 2000
UC status in 2000
  • Almost 30% baccalaureate Freshmen gone by the start of the second year
  • Fewer than half graduated within 6 years
  • That’s a tragedy for students & tax payers
  • That’s a tough track record to market for a research extensive campus
what contributes to retention
What Contributes to Retention?
  • Profile – largely a function of institutional & student profile (academic, financial & demographic)
  • Progress – prevailing model is around persistence, but if the goal is graduation we must focus on progress – the distance to the finish line, not the distance from the start line
what contributes to retention1
What Contributes to Retention?
  • Process – If the goal is to raise the overall retention and grad rates, it’s important to focus on the “all” not just those most at risk
  • Promise – Experiences are consistent with the “Promise of the Brand” – break the promise, we will lose students
access without success
Access Without Success

National Trends:

  • Retention rates up, then stable – now reported to be dropping
  • Graduation rates now reported to be dropping
  • The disparity is greater for students from low socio-economic backgrounds
pell eligibility
Pell Eligibility
  • UC’s Uptown campus enrolls the third highest percentage of Pell-eligible students among research extensive institutions nationwide – about 30%.
  • 50% of UC students are 1st-generation (40% of Uptown students are 1st-generation)
success challenge
Success Challenge

Ohio Board of Regents Initiative (1999)

Challenges university main campuses:

  • To increase the baccalaureate graduation rates of in-state at-risk students
  • To shorten the length of time to degree

Note: Not U College, Not CAT, Not Branches

success challenge management partnership
Success Challenge Management & Partnership
  • Oversight shared by Sr. Assoc VP for EM and Sr. Vice Provost for Academic Planning
  • PI’s in Academic Affairs and Student Affairs manage programs and are accountable for budget and reporting
  • Research Office within Institutional Research performs annual assessment and maintains the data mart
efforts that touch all first year students
Efforts that Touch all First-Year Students
  • Bearcat Bound Summer Orientation
  • Mandatory Placement in math, English & languages
  • First-Year Experience (some colleges)
  • Mandatory advising (some colleges)
academic social integration
Writing Center

Math Learning Lab

Learning Assistance Center

Killer-Course Supports

Supplemental Instruction

Faculty-Student Interactions

Learning Communities

First-Year Experience Courses

Academic / SocialIntegration
focused efforts
Students of Color

BASE – Brothers And Sisters Excelling

Cincinnati Pride Grant

Students in Transition

Center for Exploratory Studies

Career Navigator Series

Transfer and Lifelong Learning Center

Focused Efforts
research goal determine if success challenge is achieving its goals
Research Goal:Determine if Success Challenge is achieving its goals
  • Are in-state at-risk baccalaureate students graduating at higher rates?
  • Are they graduating in a more timely manner?
  • 2000 and 2001 First-Time, Full-Time Baccalaureate Degree-Seeking Cohorts
  • Compared Success Challenge Participants to SC Non-Participants
    • Graduation Rates
    • Time to Degree
    • Grouped by Pell-Eligibility Status
Degree Sought

Pell-Eligibility Status

Residency Status

Credit Load Level



ACT/SAT Scores

Graduation Status

SC Participation

1st Year GPA

  • Defined 2000, 2001 Cohorts
  • Collected Data:
control group
Control Group
  • Chosen from pool of Success Challenge participants
  • Match the proportion of Success Challenge non-participants
  • Based on stratification variables
success challenge participants have better first year academic performance than non participants
Success Challenge Participants Have Better First-Year Academic Performancethan Non-Participants
  • Rising scores in Student Satisfaction as measured by Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory
  • Rising levels of Student Engagement as measured by NSSE.
continued success
Continued Success

University of Cincinnati Uptown Campus Retention Rates (Autumn Quarter, 2008)

UC Graduation Rate climbs to 55% –

Up from 48% just 5 years ago!

uc recognition

Awarded National Best Practice Recipient for the institutionalization of enhanced retention and graduation rates


Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange at the National Symposium on Student Retention