from Arkansas State University

For Release: November 11, 2002
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ASU student retention rate
rises significantly

Information released in October by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education confirms that Arkansas State University leads most other state institutions in student retention rates and has made the most improvement during the past five years.

Based upon statistics compiled by ADHE from 1992 to 2000, Arkansas State University has seen an increase of nine percent in cumulative graduation rates of first-time freshmen. This percentage increase is substantially higher than other public state schools including Henderson State University, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and the University of Central Arkansas.

According to information provided by the Office of Institutional Research and Planning at ASU, the Jonesboro campus has seen a rise in full-time equivalency enrollment since 1996. Full-time equivalent (FTE) students at Jonesboro in 1996 included 8,286 students as compared to 8,517 in fall of 2002, an increase of 231 students. System-wide, FTE is up from 11,561 in 1996 to 12,639 this year.

System-wide headcount enrollment in 1996 was 13,248, and has increased 2,309 students to 15,557 students in 2002.

First-year retention rates, the number of first-time freshmen who continue to attend ASU, has risen from 70.3 percent of the student population in 1996 to 78.4 percent.

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