Magazine article University Business

Successful Students, Successful Institutions: Conference on Importance of Student Success Making Its Debut in June 2015

Magazine article University Business

Successful Students, Successful Institutions: Conference on Importance of Student Success Making Its Debut in June 2015

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Even in this age of tight budgets, college and university leaders are directing funds and attention to the all-important issues of institutional and student success. This is mission-critical because while the number of students attending college is increasing, the number of those who complete is not.

The federal government reported a 31 percent graduation rate for public institutions and 52 percent for privates in 2012. This may leave the U.S. economy with a shortage of the skilled workers it needs to remain competitive, according to Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation data.

Higher ed leaders are seeking creative ways to boost completion rates and ensure financial stability. Forward-thinking institutions around the country are implementing incentivized programs, such as offering students cash for academic success and giving priority course enrollment to those who complete an intensive higher ed onboarding class.

University Business magazine regularly features campuses that have started online learning and competency-based initiatives to assist nontraditional students. …

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