Dr. Ransdell Emphasizes Student Retention in Convocation Address
WKU President Gary Ransdell says student retention will continue to be a top priority at the institution in the upcoming academic year and over the next six years. Speaking at the faculty and staff convocation in Van Meter Hall, the University President said the state and university can no longer afford to have about one thousand freshmen students per year fail to return for their second year of study.
Dr. Ransdell says the University's goal is to retain 78 percent of the incoming freshman class who persist and come back for the sophomore year. He says the current retention rate of about 73 percent at WKU is "unacceptable." He stressed that, "Kentucky is losing the opportunity for these students to earn degrees and join the Kentucky workforce." Student retention rates will be extremely important in the new higher education funding formula.
Dr. Ransdell also told gathered faculty and staff that there will be more discussion this year about increasing the number of courses offered in an accelerated learning bi-term mode. He also revealed that revenues generated from enrollment growth will be split 70%-30%, with Academic Affairs receiving seventy percent and 30 percent going centrally to meet needs across the remainder of the campus. This is part of the new Challenging the Spirit Action Plan.