Communication Associate: Public Relations
| Lori Melton | firstname.lastname@example.org
| (218) 726-8830
April 24, 2013
Andrea Schokker | Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs | 218 726-6445 | email@example.com
Lori C. Melton | Commuincation Associate | 218 726-8830 | firstname.lastname@example.org
UMD Graduation Rates Increase
DULUTH, MN – The University of Minnesota Duluth is reporting a 4.5 to six percent
increase in graduation rates over the past year. This is being attributed to a concerted
effort to engage students in planning their degree progress, using effective tools, and the
partnership between students and their faculty and advisors.
"It is through the individual conversations taking place between students and their faculty
and advisors that these tools become meaningful and support our ongoing goal of
increasing student success," says Executive Vice Chancellor Andrea Schokker.
Comparing data reported in 2011 and 2012, UMD has achieved a 4.5 percent increase
in its four-year rate and a six percent increase in its five-year rate.
Vice Chancellor Schokker also credits UMD students' dedication to reduce their time to
graduation, which decreases their education costs.
The degree planning tools being used at UMD include Academic Progress Auditing
System (APAS), the Graduation Planner, and the 30-60-90 Student Success Roadmap.
"This fall, 68 percent of students were enrolled in 15 or more credits and more students
are meeting the 30 credit annual benchmark, a key measurement in the 30-60-90
Roadmap," explains Schokker.