Big Cuts, Big Completion Gains
Paul Fain, Inside Higher Ed
Painful budget cuts have had a silver lining at the University of Rhode Island, where the need to be more efficient contributed to substantial improvements in student retention and graduation rates.
URI spent money in the recession’s aftermath to bulk up its student advising capacity, on predictive analytics, degree mapping for each student and, in recent years, an ambitious overhaul of its general-education curriculum. The university also emphasized summer and January terms, offering online courses in those sessions.