In his 2017 State of the University address, President Montgomery identified improving retention and graduation rates as a priority for the institution and has since funded a large-scale initiative aimed at fostering a sense of belonging and community amongst our students and thereby improving retention and student success. Across the university, many people are engaged in improving student success and retention, and the Office of Institutional Research provides a wealth of information to assist those efforts.
Many of the retention and graduation rate reports that we produce are based on methodology and format developed by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE), "an association of two-year and four-year institutions with the common goal of achieving the highest possible levels of student success through collaboratively sharing data, knowledge and innovation." In this methodology, like groups of incoming students, such as full-time, degree-seeking beginners or transfers, are identified as cohorts in fall terms. The retention rate of the cohort is then determined by the number of cohort members returning to the institution in subsequent fall terms.
You can find our public retention and graduation reports, including our annual submissions to the CSRDE, in our Reporting section.
Additionally, if you have a Cognos account, you can find many more strategic and operational retention reports in the 21.00 Retention folder. (You will be prompted to login.)