Monday, November 09, 2015

[208] MTSU honored by national firm for continuing student success improvements

MURFREESBORO — MTSU has racked up another award for its continuing efforts to boost student success.

The Education Advisory Board, a higher education consulting firm, honored MTSU with its Data-Driven Impact Award for quantifiable improvements in student retention at an annual gathering of its Student Success Collaborative Oct. 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

The collaborative includes about 170 schools that strive to be on the cutting edge of student success methodologies.

“I have the highest respect for schools who are members of the SSC, and it is indeed an honor for MTSU to be recognized as a leader among leaders,” said Dr. Rick Sluder, MTSU vice provost for student success.

From fall 2014 to fall 2015, MTSU increased freshman retention by 3 percentage points, which resulted in the university’s highest level of retention in the past 15 years.

The retention rate for new transfer students rose by 2.6 percentage points, and sophomore retention went up 1.5 percentage points. Overall undergraduate retention increased by 1.3 percentage points.

MTSU’s Quest for Student Success has three goals — to recruit students who value success, to enhance students’ academic experiences and to use data-informed best practices.

“Collectively, the campus has embraced the student success initiative, and there are hundreds of stories about the positive differences individuals have made for our students,” Sluder said.

In addition, Bowling Green State University’s Andy Alt received the Visionary Leadership Award, and Slippery Rock University received the Collaborative Citizenship Award for sharing ideas with other members of the Student Success Collaborative.

“Despite the accomplishments to date, there is an understanding that this is simply a start, and that there is much ground to be gained as we continue to work diligently to achieve all of our stated student success goals,” said Sluder.

For more information, contact Sluder at 615-898-2324 or

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