Council of Trustees Handbook

Kutztown University Goal Strategy University Name: Kutztown University Strategy Name: Persistence Metrics Impacted: Student Success Metrics – Student Outcomes Goal: Increase freshmen cohort retention rate by 1%, annually, fall 2020-fall 2023, increase university persistence rate to 68% by fall 2023 RATIONALE Recognizing the opportunity to enhance retention and completion rates for students, KU will develop and implement additional programs and services designed to encourage student persistence to degree completion SUPPORTING INITIATIVES • Financial Aid Optimization - Effect recruitment and awarding, with the goal of effecting yield, in conjunction with increased investment in institutional student aid. • Student Employment - Increase pay to students; provide training and education for student workers; and offer future employment opportunities, after graduation, with Aramark. • KU BEARS Program: summer research opportunities for students. Students receive a stipend for their work • Undergraduate Research and Creativity Program, includes a Faculty Coordinator and Faculty Advisory Council • Undergraduate Research Fund • Frederick Douglass Institute, now housed in Academic Affairs • Targeted equipment expenditures to stimulate student participation in research, such as the IDEA Lab and the Scanning Electron Microscope (recently completed) • Enhancing the Honors program, particularly the capstone experience • First-Year Seminar • Supplemental Instructors for First-Year Seminar • Early Warning System, including Mid-Term Grades Initiative. • Champions Program • Use of OER and library reserves for textbooks • New Parent and Family Bulletin • Deans’ Offices Early Intervention Initiative • New text messaging system to communicate with students • Renewed discussion of policy changes to aid students • Analysis of DFW rates • Summer Talent Academy for Rising Stars • Providing Resources and Opportunities for Future Standouts • Achievement Initiative for Male Success • Study Abroad • Internships SUPPORTING PARTNERSHIPS • KU Foundation (scholarships, emergency funds) • ChildPromise • Aramark • Ruffalo Noel Levitz

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