Wayne State Board Approves New Admissions Policy

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wayne State University leaders will begin tracking very closely whether a new admissions criteria and other effortsareimproving student retention and graduation rates.

The Board of Governors on Wednesday approved a tougher, holistic admissions policy, along with a community-represented oversight committee to track the university's progress in student recruitment, enrollment, admissions, retention and completion.

"Any big institution needs to have systems of accountability," said WSU President Allan Gilmour, a driving force behind the changes. "This has received a lot of attention. And so this is a way to ensure we follow carefully and quantitatively and qualitatively all the pieces, in an organized way. Are we on track or are we not on track (with) students' academic success?"

The committee — to be called the Oversight Advisory Working Group — will include up to four board members, and possibly five community members.

They will set objectives — such as a certain percentage of students to be retained from year to year — and measure progress. Although the university tracks a lot of data, this process could potentially include more minute information on student success.

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