Education
3:51 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

WKU Preparing for Higher Ed Funding Model that Weighs Retention Rates

WKU is preparing for the fall semester that begins Monday, Aug. 27.
Credit Kevin Willis

WKU is preparing for the possibility that state funding for higher education could someday be based--in part--on retention rates. WKU Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Brian Meredith says it's an idea being tried in other parts of the nation.

"States across the country are doing that now, looking at funding models that are taking into account graduation rates, success rates, completion rates, and those sorts of things. We're not quite there yet in Kentucky, but that could be a possibility down the road, so we're trying to get ahead of the game."

Meredith says WKU has increased the academic requirements necessary to gain admission to the school, with the incoming freshman class possessing the highest ACT scores and grade point averages of any first-year class at WKU in ten years.

Meredith says it should be easier to retain and graduate students who come to WKU prepared to take on higher education coursework.