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Kent State University is the recipient of the 2015 Institutional Excellence for Students in Transition Award by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The center is committed to setting the standard for excellence in supporting students at critical junctures in the educational pipeline, and it seeks to promote intentional and integrative connections within and across institutions and educational sectors to enhance the student transition experience
Kent State received the award for its Exploration Plan Program housed in the University College, which is designed to enrich the freshman experience for undecided students and to expedite a shift into a degree-granting program within the first three semesters. As a result of the implementation of the Exploration Plan Program, Kent State has increased the retention of undecided students, the number of students transitioning from undecided to declaring a major by the time they earn 45 semester credit hours, and the average sophomore to junior persistence rate for exploratory students.