Strategy 4 Stories: Ensuring Student Success

4. Raise all undergraduate and graduate students' retention and graduation rates.

The narratives below define and bring clarity to what each of the University Strategic Goals means to Academic Affairs. The narratives express our values and beliefs, and create a context to guide implementation efforts. To learn more about the specific strategies and tactics involved in ensuring student success, please view our Academic Affairs Strategic Plan.



A summer 2014 Kent State graduate smiles as he walks down the aisle during commencement.

In addition to focusing on first year persistence rates, RPIE also tracks 2nd and 3rd year retention. We are seeing a positive persistence trends in these years which are likely to increase our overall graduation rate.

Build well-defined articulation agreements

Incoming students in the Destination Kent State program make their way back to the student center during their visit to campus. All incoming freshman attend the program.

In 2009 there was a major emphasis to develop Binary Articulation Agreements with other institutions and since that time our agreements have grown to over 209 agreements with 39 institutions. These agreements are developed by an articulation template. Once the Agreement is approved, the Transfer Center records the course equivalencies onto the Transfer Table which insures that all students receive the appropriate transfer credit even if they are unaware of the agreement. In addition there are 624 articulation agreements with 68 high schools.

Clearer pathways to graduation

Three friends celebrate their graduation from Kent State following the morning commencement ceremony.

By mutual agreement, the Ohio Board of Regents, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC), and the Inter-University Council (IUC) are advancing the Chancellor’s completion agenda through the Credit When It’s Due initiative. Through the assistance of OACC and IUC, all 23 Ohio community colleges (100%) and all 13 public universities which offer a broad range of degrees have agreed to participate in this initiative. The Ohio Credit When It’s Due Initiative aims to award at least 1,300 associate degrees statewide via reverse transfer for the grant period.