Wayne State University leaders soon will begin closely tracking whether new admissions criteria and other efforts are improving student retention and graduation rates.
The board of governors 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 will set objectives, such as a certain percentage of students will be retained from year to year, and measure progress.