Progress on Retention and Completion

Dear Faculty and Staff:

At the heart of our mission is the success of our students. Three years ago the University of Memphis set ambitious goals targeting improved retention and completion rates. As you know, the state outcome formula tracks these numbers on three-year, rolling averages. Over the past three years (academic years 2015, 2016 and 2017), the average of our total degrees awarded moved to a new high of 4,314 - up 9.1% from six years ago (academic years 2010, 2011, 2013 average of 3,955), and up 14.8% from ten years ago (academic years 2007, 2008, 2009 average of 3,757). It is important to share that over the past ten years, the number of bachelor degrees awarded has increased a remarkable 26% from 2,442 in 2007-2008 academic year to 3,084 in the 2016-2017 academic year. During the same interval, doctoral degrees awarded increased from 107 to 161, a 50% increase.

It is great to see our retention initiatives proving their value and our students succeeding at unprecedented rates. This is only possible because of the hard work and dedication of so many on our campus. Thank you!

Warm Regards,

M. David Rudd
President | Distinguished University Professor

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