August 25, 2017

Eastern Michigan University fourth highest in state in four-year success rate, according to new state data

Center for Educational Performance and Information data includes transfer students, military veterans and those who first attend community college

YPSILANTI – Newly developed data that offers a more comprehensive view of the success rates of Michigan’s public universities shows Eastern Michigan University is among the state’s leaders in the four-year success rate of its undergraduate students.

According to the State of Michigan’s Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), EMU graduated 42 percent of its 2012-13 cohort (most recent year available) within four years, ranking fourth highest among Michigan universities. 

Details about the CEPI report and its Postsecondary Success Rates analysis can be found on the MI School Data website.

The new state data shows student mobility from school to school, and thus includes students who first attend community college or transfer to or from another institution. The data is thus able to follow students as they move to meet their particular personal, professional and academic needs, a process that the federal data, known as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS, fails to capture.

The CEPI data also showed a marked difference for Eastern in its six-year comprehensive success rate (2010-2011 cohort) of 54.8 percent, nearly 15 percent above the IPEDS data.

"It is gratifying to see data that more comprehensively reflects the broad and diverse student body we serve at Eastern Michigan,” said Rhonda Longworth, provost and executive vice president for academic and student affairs. “Many students today do not follow the more traditional path of the past in terms of enrolling and staying at one university through graduation. Due to life issues, budget, employment and other factors, students today often start their college careers in a different place from where they graduate.

“Students’ pathways can include time at a community college, taking a break to improve their finances, raising a family, transferring to another university or joining the military. Eastern serves all of these students, and the CEPI data accurately captures this important and growing population.”

The data reflects the Eastern’s efforts to continually improve outcomes for its students, a primary institutional strategic priority. The University’s Degree Completion and Retention Plan, adopted in 2014, focuses on five areas: academic and student preparedness, enrollment policies, financial aid policies and incentives, advising and student support and curriculum structure and delivery. In addition, the plan includes targeted initiatives aimed at two demographic segments of the student population: students of color and single parents.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest university in Michigan. It currently serves 22,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Health and Human Services; Technology, and its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.



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