Increase Student Retention and Graduation Rates for Students of Color

Persistence and degree completion are of paramount important in today’s competitive job market. The university is committed to developing a plan with annual measurable goals to increase retention and graduation rates among students of color.

Status: Pending

The action team is currently developing next steps.

Benchmarking and Metrics of Success

The action team continues to meet bi-weekly and is drafting proposed university-level goals related to retention and graduation of underrepresented groups. Upon completion and prior to posting on dashboard, the action team will share the draft goals with the Strategic Enrollment Management (SEM) Leadership Team for its review and support. The action team is also conducting a Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Student Success Program Inventory to identify and collect relevant data on all on-going programs, initiatives, and activities at K-State that serve students from underrepresented racial/ethnic groups.

Accountable Administrators and Action Team

This initiative is led by a core leadership team that will expand to include subcommittees while stakeholder feedback is being gathered and concerns are being documented. The lead administrator identified below will be responsible for initiating and reporting on the progress of the initiative overall.

Core leadership team

  • Thomas Lane, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, lead administrator
  • Charles Taber, Provost and Executive Vice President
  • Debbie Mercer, Dean, College of Education
  • Jeannie Brown Leonard, Vice Provost for Student Success
  • Bin Ning, Associate Provost, Institutional Research
  • Kimathi Choma, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences
  • LaVerne Bitsi-Baldwin, Director, Multicultural Engineering Program, Carl R. Ice College of Engineering
  • Karen Goos, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Daijah Jones, Junior, Psychology
  • Jordan Peyton, Senior, Biological Systems Engineering