Retention & Graduation

Please note: For inquiries on GW Enrollment Retention programs or policies, please contact Oliver Street, Executive Director, Enrollment Retention at 202-994-3235 or obstreet@gwu.edu.

This Office is responsible for the implementation of the recommendations in the 1998 Strategic Plan to Increase Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates. These efforts are designed to increase GW's understanding of and to improve student retention and progress toward graduation.

In 2011, a working group was formed to explore ways to increase GW’s four and six year graduation rates. The 2011 group analyzed multiple-year data that included high school grades, SAT scores, GPA, race, school of enrollment, financial aid status, and student encumbrances caused by overdue tuition bills. The group learned that some of GW’s top students are transferring to higher ranked private or flagship public institutions; that grades in introductory calculus courses can impact the retention of engineering students; that some students who have accumulated at least 114 credits leave before graduating; and that some students cannot register for courses as their student account balance is over the $500 limit. The group proposed six recommendations to address some of the issues uncovered and to will improve the undergraduate experience for all students.  The report below summarizes the findings and provides a rationale for the recommendations.

The Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates: January 2011

In 2002, a Task Force was established to review the status of the 1998 Strategic Plan and to make further recommendations.  Supporting documents from this Task Force are as follows:

The Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates: January 2003

The Strategic Plan for Increasing Undergraduate Retention and Graduation Rates: December 1998

 

Comments and questions about any of the retention reports can be directed to Cheryl Beil, Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment at cbeil@gwu.edu.

The Office of Institutional Research and Planning maintains information on GW's retention and graduation rates.

 

GW's Most Recent Retention & Graduation Rates