Georgia State University has 16 different programs focused on student retention and graduation. But in the last few years, the institution has focused on creating a "culture where numbers matter"—in other words, translating millions of pieces of data into student programs and interventions that advance student success metrics.
Vice Provost Timothy M. Renick discusses how the Student Success Collaborative has helped Georgia State figure out which numbers matter. By directing more resources to students in the "Murky Middle"—not just those at the top or bottom of their class—they've created a more strategic advising program, significantly narrowed the achievement gap, and improved graduation rates. The university saves $3 million for every 1% improvement in retention rate, and administrators anticipate hitting a graduation goal of 60% by 2021.