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KU Chancellor Gray-Little outlines retention, graduation goals

February 7, 2012

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Kansas University Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little Tuesday outlined a plan to increase retention and graduation rates and research funding.

Gray-Little said KU wants to increase the first-to-second year retention rate of students from 79 percent to 90 percent.

She said she wants at least 70 percent of freshman to have graduated within six years. That rate is now 61 percent.

“Achieving these goals will put us in line with our aspirational peers around the nation,” she told the House Education Budget Committee.

To reach these rates, the school will use an early intervention program for students who fall behind. And KU is revising its core curriculum to make it easier for students to transfer to the school, she said.

To enhance recruitment of students, KU also will start offering a new four-year renewable scholarship this fall. The scholarships will be based on academic performance.

KU is trying to increase its federal research expenditures from $127 million to $175 million.

Gray-Little voiced support for several recommendations from Gov. Sam Brownback.

Those include $3 million in additional funding to recruit world-class professors; a $1.8 million increase for additional student loans at the KU Medical Center; and continuance of the $5 million annual appropriation for the KU Cancer Center.

The Education Budget Committee will hear from other schools throughout the week.

Comments

tcohen 2 years, 10 months ago

See Chancellor Gray-Little's State of the University video message at http://chancellor.ku.edu/sotu2012/

parrothead8 2 years, 10 months ago

I've seen no compelling reason to take your goal into consideration.

scarletbhound 2 years, 10 months ago

The key to higher retention is to admit qualified students. KU is near the bottom of the Big 12 in admission requirements. It used to be a source of pride that, while the dummies could get into KU in the open admissions days they would soon flunk out because the university maintained solid intellectual standards. I worry that revising the core curriculum -- code for dummying down -- will continue KU's slide into academic mediocrity. Just watch. KU will soon be accepting courses from the University of Phoenix, DeVry and similar schools just to grab tuition dollars from transfer students. It's sad that KU is apparently committed to playing a numbers game -- the more students on campus, the merrier, regardless of whether they have the intellectual chops to be educated to even a minimal level.

Ken Schmidt 2 years, 10 months ago

That is incorrect. Being part of a round-table event to brainstorm regarding this issue, the ideas passed around focused upon doing away with some of the core class requirements and place more emphasis on increased hours in the major of choice. Most of the major institutions in the United States are moving in this direction. The obvious outcome is a more specific degree, but if you have performed a recent job search, jobs have obviously become quite specific in requirements and little emphasis is placed upon how many hours of "Western Civilization" you might have completed. The "weed out" would then fall not upon courses outside of one's major, but how they performed in the skills required for their specific learning tract.

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