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Maria Palmieri, PhD Sr. Research Assoc, IR [email protected] Caroline Miller, PhD Sr. AVP Enrollment [email protected] University of Cincinnati’s SUCCESS CHALLENGE: Placing Student Success at the Center. Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange

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

  • Maria Palmieri, PhD

  • Sr. Research Assoc, IR

  • [email protected]

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 Students?

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 Students?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 Students?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 Students?

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 Students?

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: Students?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?


Methodology
Methodology Students?

  • 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


Methodology1

Degree Sought Students?

Pell-Eligibility Status

Residency Status

Credit Load Level

Gender

Ethnicity

ACT/SAT Scores

Graduation Status

SC Participation

1st Year GPA

Methodology

  • Defined 2000, 2001 Cohorts

  • Collected Data:


Control group
Control Group Students?

  • Chosen from pool of Success Challenge participants

  • Match the proportion of Success Challenge non-participants

  • Based on stratification variables





Results
RESULTS Students?


Success challenge participants do graduate at higher rates than non participants
Success Challenge Participants Students?DoGraduate at Higher Rates than Non-Participants


2000 cohort graduation rates
2000 Cohort Students?Graduation Rates

51.9%

38.5%


Success challenge participants do graduate in a more timely manner than non participants
Success Challenge Students?Participants Do Graduate in a More Timely Mannerthan Non-Participants


2000 cohort time to degree
2000 Cohort Time-to-Degree Students?

4.69

5.07


2001 cohort time to degree
2001 Cohort Time-to-Degree Students?

4.75

4.92


Success challenge participants have better first year academic performance than non participants
Success Challenge Students?Participants Have Better First-Year Academic Performancethan Non-Participants


2000 cohort first year gpa
2000 Cohort Students? First Year GPA


Validation
Validation Students?

  • 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 Students?

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
UC|Recognition Students?

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

By

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


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