Theme 2: Undergraduate Educational Experience
Build a connected, diverse, empowered, engaged, participatory culture of learning and excellence that promotes undergraduate student success and prepares students for their professional, community, social, and personal lives.
Activities and Accomplishments in 2011-2016
- The university achieved its highest-ever freshman-to-sophomore retention rates, progressing from 81 to 85 percent in five years toward the 2025 goal of 90 percent.
- The six-year graduation rate reached a record high, improving from 56 to 63 percent, on the way to the 70 percent goal by 2025.
- The university remained the No. 1 choice among Kansas high school seniors and set records for multicultural student enrollment and highest freshman ACT averages.
- Financial assistance to students was increased through new or expanded college, unit, and institutional scholarship programs.
- The Open/Alternative Textbook Initiative supported the creation of free or low cost textbooks for more than 30 courses, reducing the burden of textbook costs for more than 18,000 students each year. Students saved nearly $1.5 million with an institutional investment of less than $150,000.
- The student convocation program was reinstituted to welcome new students to the university as they embark on their college experience.
- Professional mentoring programs were established in many colleges, matching students and mentors to expand learning opportunities outside the classroom.
- Investments were made to support improved student success, including in tutoring, academic advising, diversity, honors, and undergraduate research programs.
- Academic advisors are using new tools to identify and assist at-risk students through a partnership with the Student Success Collaborative and a new online Academic Advising Center.
- The First Scholars program was launched with funding from the Suder Foundation to better support our large population of first-generation students.
- Record numbers of students participated in student success programs such as K-State First, resulting in better academic performance and higher graduation rates for participants. Nearly 2,100 students experienced K-State First classes and the expanded living/learning community system, Residential Connecting Across Topics, or CAT, communities over the past five years.
- The Honors House opened as a living/learning facility for Honors Program students.
- A competitive grant program was launched to support undergraduate research.
- Students studying abroad reached 16.7 percent, exceeding our 2015 goal of 15 percent, providing more of our students with real-life international experiences. That is a 67 percent increase over the past five years. The number of students doing semester-long exchanges at Top 200 universities has doubled.
- World culture/study abroad programs have been integrated into the curriculums of 80 percent of undergraduate degree programs.
- Our bachelor’s degree completion programs expanded to 10, including the first undergraduate degree completion program at K-State Olathe.
- Kansas State University continues to be first nationally among public universities in the total number of nationally competitive scholarship recipients.