Task Force on Undergraduate Retention/Persistence (TOUR)

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The Task Force on Undergraduate Retention/Persistence (TOUR) has completed its work to develop a set of specific recommendations designed to increase undergraduate retention and persistence rates at IUP to 80 percent by 2022.


Appointed by the president, this short-term task force is charged with:

  1. Conducting exhaustive research on best practices for retention and persistence;

  2. Performing a granular assessment of the current retention and persistence rates for undergraduate students at IUP, including but not limited to: identifying retention and persistence activities currently being performed campus-wide at IUP, analyzing the effectiveness of those current activities, and analyzing retention and persistence rates for various demographics of students; and

  3. Conducting an analysis of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) of our current university structure and activities for retention and persistence.

By January 5, 2018, provide specific recommendations (in writing) to the President's Cabinet regarding actions that should be considered in order to increase undergraduate retention and persistence rates at Indiana University of Pennsylvania to 80 percent by 2022.

Questions? Comments?

Contact the Task Force on Undergraduate Retention/Persistence at TOUR-input@iup.edu.

Alignment with the IUP Strategic Plan

Strategic Plan Goal 2
Prepare all of IUP's students for success in work and life, in addition to academic success.

Strategy 2.1: Commit to student success.

Tactic 2.1.2: Identify and solve common programmatic roadblocks to academic advancement (graduate and undergraduate).

Tactic 2.1.3: Expand IUP's use of recognized "high impact practices" to increase undergraduate student engagement and retention.

Strategy 2.2: Focus on access, support, and opportunity for students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved student populations.

Tactic 2.2.2: Strengthen professional development to prepare faculty and staff to support students from traditionally underserved student populations.

Strategic Plan Goal 3
Secure IUP's financial future.

Strategy 3.3: Develop innovative models of tuition flexibility.

Tactic 3.3.2: Explore tuition models that provide incentives to students for good academic progress and standing.

Alignment with the Strategic University Comprehensive Combined Enrollment and Student Success Plan

SUCCESS Plan Goal 2
Increase retention and persistence rates.

Strategy 2.1: Develop and deliver academic and co-curricular programming with an emphasis on learner-centered practices, leadership and engagement, cultural diversity and inclusion, and workforce readiness that is responsive to the needs of IUP students.

Tactic 2.1.1: Identify and expand the use of holistic student experiences, including co-curricular activities that support student retention.

Tactic 2.1.2: Increase proportion of upper-class undergraduate students living on campus from 29 percent to 35 percent.

Strategy 2.2: Increase fall-to-fall overall retention rate of first-time, full-time undergraduate students from 75 percent to 80 percent by 2020; increase at a minimum of 1 percent each year until 2020. (Clear up retention vs. persistence).

Tactic 2.2.1: Evaluate persistence and retention of first-generation students and determine effect strategies to improve first-generation student success.

Tactic 2.2.2: Reduce gap in minority retention rates.

Tactic 2.2.3: Engage academic departments in the review of retention rates in selected majors; making recommendations for improvement.

Tactic 2.2.4: Evaluate the persistence of students traditionally admitted to the Punxsutawney campus and determine effective strategies to increase persistence.

Strategy 2.3: Provide professional development for faculty advisors to promote systemic, intentional advising interactions for students with a focus on relationship building and student success.

Tactic 2.3.1: Implement the EAB technology software to assist with identification of best practices, academically at-risk populations, and coordinate campus resources to intervene when necessary.

Tactic 2.3.2: Develop and implement Supplemental Instruction (SI) and Tutoring support for courses identified as stumbling blocks for students.

Strategy 2.4: Evaluate and implement solutions to reduce student "melt" from time of deposit to matriculation.

Strategy 2.5: Identify and improve administrative processes in support of student success and retention at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Tactic 2.5.2: Review business processes to eliminate redundancy, simplify workflows, and reduce use of paper forms.