Boosting Persistence Rates for Select Student Populations

Madonna University (MI)

Madonna University seeks to boost persistence rates for minority students, part-time transfer students, and male first-year students - groups that have lower retention or graduation rates at Madonna when compared to similar statistics at peer institutions.

The university plans targeted academic support services, including an early warning system, tutoring, supplemental instruction, basic skills workshops, and improved physical space for services. Enhanced advising services, including additional professional advising staff and professional development for academic advisors, are also included, as are greater opportunities for grant awards to support faculty-student collaborative research.

An improved data system will support institutional decision-making and student services overall. The initiative, which started in Fall 2009, is ongoing through Winter 2014.

Bottom Line:  The goal of the new initiative is a 10 percent increase in persistence rates.