Strategic interventions generate rapid persistence gains

Middle Tennessee State University

  • About: Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) is a public research university with a total enrollment of 22,729 and a six-year graduation rate of 52%.

  • Impact highlights
  • Challenge: In response to state-wide pressure to improve outcomes, MTSU created the “Quest for Student Success” plan, but needed a way to track and move the dial on metrics across the institution. MTSU’s advising units were also severely understaffed and under-resourced to serve a challenging student population on the ground.

  • Solution: MTSU set out to drive rapid gains through changes informed by data and best practices. Joining SSC in spring 2014 allowed MTSU to empower staff with data and execute a campus-wide strategy focused on persistence.

  • Impact: Through its partnership with SSC, MTSU was able to increase overall persistence by 1.5 percentage points, retaining an additional 390 students for $1.5M in spring tuition revenue.

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SSC Support During Launch Ensured High Engagement, Quick Wins



Building a Coordinated Network of Persistence Campaigns



Immediate Impact: Seeing Impressive Gains Beyond First-Year Retention



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