"Since 2011, Wayne State University has boosted its six-year graduation rate from 26% to 35%, a rate of improvement that ranks among the top 20 public universities nationally; improvement to 38% is expected in 2016."
Monica Brockmeyer, associate provost for student success
Overview of the HLC Quality Initiative
In its HLC Quality Initiative (QI), Wayne State University implemented three key components of the Undergraduate Academic Advising Initiative:
- Completion of Academic Advisor Hiring, in which WSU hired more than 45 academic advisors and other academic support personnel, dramatically improving the student-advisor ratio.
- Implementation of an Academic Advising Training Academy (ATA), which supports academic advisor training for content, skills, and dispositional outcomes, and continuing professional development. The ATA is comprised of a core curriculum and a certificate program built on advisor and student learning outcomes, other professional development activities, and support for the Academic Advising Council.
- Development and deployment of on-line tools to support academic advising, including an advisor scheduling system, on-line declaration of major/program, and an improved degree audit system. We also piloted an advisor alert system: the Early Warning System.
This QI began in fall 2014, in year seven of the HLC accreditation cycle and comprises one thrust of Wayne's 2011 Retention Initiative.
Since 2011, Wayne has boosted its six-year graduation rate from 26% to 35%, a rate of improvement that ranks among the top 20 public universities nationally; improvement to 38% is expected in 2016.
Although the Undergraduate Academic Advising Initiative has been completed successfully, Wayne's continuous improvement efforts will build on the foundation laid along with the Retention Initiative, with active foci in student learning, progress to degree, and retention, and degree attainment.