UAA’s overall undergraduate retention rate was 67% for Fiscal Year 2014. This rate represents the percentage of first-time full-time undergraduates (certificate, associate and baccalaureate combined) who entered UAA in Fall 2012 and re-enrolled anywhere in the University of Alaska system in Fall 2013. This unique aggregate retention rate is one of the core performance measures in the UA system and an indicator of the multi-year focus on student success at UAA.
See the Undergraduate Retention Metric from the Performance '14 Report.
Student Success: A Strategic Priority
Student Success has been one of UAA’s highest strategic priorities for the past decade. Our strategic plan reinforces our commitment to student success, including retention, completion of educational goals, student achievement of academic distinction and university honors outcomes. The Office of Institutional Research has developed a new ten-year model for tracking student success that measures progress toward an even broader range of goals.
Every campus is engaged with efforts to strengthen assessment and advising, offer important foundational courses, and provide academic support services to help students succeed. UAA’s annual Performance Report features sections devoted to Undergraduate Retention and High Demand Job Area Degrees Awarded.
Success of Students Enrolled in 15+ Credits
In the Fall 2011, the University of Alaska launched the "Stay on Track" campaign to promote timely graduation. A key element of the campaign encouraged students to enroll in 15 credits per semester, the number needed to finish most degrees within four years. Leaders were concerned that students might struggle with the heavier course load and see a decline in their grade point average. The report Success of Students Enrolled in 15+ Credits highlights findings regarding both increased enrollment in 15+ credit hours after the launch of the campaign and student success levels.