Strategic Goals

Mason’s Strategic Plan (2014-2024)

Student persistence and retention are featured prominently in Mason’s Strategic Plan. Specifically, institutional goals to raise retention and degree completion rates are stated under Goal 4: 100,000 Career-ready Graduates. Mason is committed to increasing our six-year graduation rate by ten percent and producing 100,000 career-ready graduates in the next ten years. As a university, we have committed to reach these goals by improving our practice and service to students, rather than simply admitting students with higher GPAs and SAT scores.

The student persistence metrics by which this goal are measured include:


Quantitative Measure Success Standard Progress
First-Year Retention Rate % of first-time, full-time, first-year undergraduate students who return for their second year 1% each year FY10 – by 1.0%FY11 – by 1.2%FY12 -†‘ by 1.8%
Six-year Graduation Rate % of first-time, full-time, first-year undergraduate students who graduate in six years 1% each year FY10 – by 0.2%FY11 – by 0.2%FY12 – by 1.3%

 

Mason’s Retention Plan

Beginning in the fall of 2007, a Retention Committee composed of faculty and staff from various offices across campus began meeting on a monthly basis to discuss retention issues, trends, concerns, and the general well-being of the student body. This work culminated in the spring of 2011 with the creation of Retention at Mason.  The 2011-2012 goals outlined in the retention plan include:

Out-of-State Domestic First-Year Retention Rate % of first-time, full-time, first-year undergraduate students from out-of-state who return for their second year Increase by 1%
Second-Year Retention Rate % of first-time, full-time sophomore undergraduate students who return for their third year Increase by 0.5%