UH gets na­tional award for rais­ing grad­u­a­tion rate

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - LOCAL - Star-Ad­ver­tiser staff

The Univer­sity of Hawaii at Manoa has been sin­gled out for a na­tional award for its suc­cess in rais­ing its fouryear grad­u­a­tion rate. The As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic and Land-grant Uni­ver­si­ties named UH-Manoa the win­ner of its 2017 Project De­gree Com­ple­tion Award on Sun­day dur­ing its an­nual meet­ing in Washington, D.C. “Pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties are work­ing hard to sub­stan­tially in­crease the num­ber of stu­dents who don’t just en­roll in col­lege, but ac­tu­ally make it across the fin­ish line and earn all the ben­e­fits a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides,” as­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Peter McPher­son said.

“The Univer­sity of Hawaii at Manoa has made sig­nif­i­cant strides in stu­dent re­ten­tion and grad­u­a­tion over the last decade,” he said. “We’re thrilled to high­light their ef­forts so other in­sti­tu­tions can draw les­sons from their suc­cess.” UH-Manoa raised its fouryear grad­u­a­tion rate for first-time, full-time stu­dents by 83 per­cent be­tween 2010 and 2016. The num­ber started low, at 17.5 per­cent, and reached a record high of 32 per­cent in 2016.

The univer­sity’s Stu­dent En­gage­ment, Re­ten­tion and Grad­u­a­tion Plan was key to that ef­fort. It in­cluded more than 30 ini­tia­tives to en­hance the stu­dent ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing manda­tory aca­demic ad­vis­ing, an on­line au­dit sys­tem to help stu­dents stay on track and smoother tran­si­tions from UH com­mu­nity col­leges. “Be­ing rec­og­nized as the best in the coun­try is a fan­tas­tic af­fir­ma­tion of the work of our fac­ulty and lead­er­ship team to fo­cus on stu­dent suc­cess,” UH-Manoa In­terim Chan­cel­lor David Lass­ner said.

The Univer­sity of Hawaii at Manoa has made sig­nif­i­cant strides in stu­dent re­ten­tion and grad­u­a­tion over the last decade. We’re thrilled to high­light their ef­forts so other in­sti­tu­tions can draw les­sons from their suc­cess.”

Peter McPher­son Pres­i­dent, As­so­ci­a­tion of Pub­lic and Land-grant Uni­ver­si­ties

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