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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)


So how does uc compare particularly for high risk students enter success challenge

So how does UC compare – particularly for High Risk Students?ENTERSUCCESS CHALLENGE


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?


Methodology

Methodology

  • 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

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

  • Chosen from pool of Success Challenge participants

  • Match the proportion of Success Challenge non-participants

  • Based on stratification variables


Stratification variables

Stratification Variables


Preparedness groupings

Preparedness Groupings


Mean act sat t test

Mean ACT/SAT (t-Test)


Results

RESULTS


Success challenge participants do graduate at higher rates than non participants

Success Challenge Participants DoGraduate at Higher Rates than Non-Participants


2000 cohort graduation rates

2000 Cohort Graduation Rates

51.9%

38.5%


Success challenge participants do graduate in a more timely manner than non participants

Success Challenge Participants Do Graduate in a More Timely Mannerthan Non-Participants


2000 cohort time to degree

2000 Cohort Time-to-Degree

4.69

5.07


2001 cohort time to degree

2001 Cohort Time-to-Degree

4.75

4.92


Success challenge participants have better first year academic performance than non participants

Success Challenge Participants Have Better First-Year Academic Performancethan Non-Participants


2000 cohort first year gpa

2000 Cohort First Year GPA


Validation

Validation

  • 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

UC|Recognition

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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