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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AT UHD


An integral part of the University of Houston-Downtown's (UHD) mission is to enhance student retention and graduation and the University closely monitors student progress.  As an institution accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), UHD provides students, constituents, and the public with information about “its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals” as per guidance found in SACSCOC Interpretation of Core Requirement 8.1 (Student achievement).

Student success objectives and targets were established through UHD’s Revised Strategic Plan 2015-2020.  Thresholds are based on the University of Houston System Institutional Progress Card for the University which established AY2008 as base-year data.  While strategies to enhance student success are identified and implemented across the University as part of UHD’s assessment program and other related initiatives, the Retention and Graduation Committee collects and reviews data on student and achievement and recommends institutional-level student success initiatives.  Improvement strategies identified below are drawn from the Committee’s AY20 report and the University’s Accelerated Transfer Academy.



Student Success Objective 1: Increase one-year, fall-to-fall retention of First-Time-in-College (FTIC) and Transfer students

​Assessment ​Methodology ​Threshold ​Most Current Student Achievement Data
​Expected Level of Achievement
​AY2020 Improvement Strategies
​FTIC First-year Retention​Internal reports from Institutional Research
​AY2007 Retained:  56%
​AY2019 Retained: 73.28%
 
​75% retention rate for the Fall 2020 entering cohort.
 
  1. Enhanced FTIC and Transfer Student Orientations designed to provide additional information on student support resources, financial aid process, and improve student acculturation into UHD.
  2. Implementation of Peer and Faculty Mentoring Programs to provide additional assistance and outreach to FTIC students.
  3. Ongoing expansion of services through the Gator Success Center which provides academic coaching, success workshops, and mentoring to all freshmen and sophomores.
  4. The Academic Support Center has increased efforts to market its services and developed on-line tutoring in math, reading, and writing.
  5. The faculty in the classroom are often the individuals most aware of student needs. To help faculty, particularly adjuncts, support student needs, the Retention and Graduation Committee Developed a summary of resources and contact information that is provided to faculty each semester.
​Transfer First-year Retention
​Internal reports from Institutional Research
​AY2007
Retained: 75.56%
​AY2019
Retained:
77.71%
​85% retention rate for the Fall 2020 entering cohort.
 
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Retention data, disaggregated by gender and race/ethnicity

 


Student Success Objective 2: Increase graduation rates for First-Time-in-College (FTIC) and Transfer students

​Assessment ​Methodology ​Threshold ​Most Current Student Achievement Data
​Expected Level of Achievement
​AY2020 Improvement Strategies
​FTIC 6-year graduation rate
​Internal reports from Institutional Research


F2001 Entering Cohort Graduated: 15.42%
F2013 Entering Cohort Graduated: 28.50%
 
​28% 6-year graduation rate
 

UHD implemented EAB Navigate, a comprehensive student success platform.  Navigate provides:

  • Targeted proactive case management and communication;
  • Students mobile access to guidance on academic and career planning; and
  • Improved analytics to inform strategies supporting student success.

Implementation of Peer and Faculty Mentoring Programs to provide additional assistance and outreach to FTIC students.

  • Enhanced advising and career guidance to guide students through a successful transition to UHD;
  • Peer mentoring to provide one-on-one support to transfers;
  • Transfer success course;
  • Opportunities for community service and student engagement; and
  • Enhanced financial support through access to additional internship and scholarship opportunities.
​Transfer 4-year graduation rate
​Internal reports from Institutional Research
​F2003 Entering Cohort Graduated: 64.10%
​F2015 Entering Cohort Graduated 64.98%
​70% 4-year graduation rate.
 
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Retention data, disaggregated by gender and race/ethnicity

 

Last updated 11/4/2020 7:20 AM