HLC Persistence & Completion Academy

Northeastern State University (NSU) was accepted into the second cohort of HLC's Persistence and Completion Academy in spring 2014. The project focused on persistence rates of first-time freshmen and transfer students, using not only demographic variables to discriminate between those students who persist and those who don't but also using non-cognitive variables and other student characteristics which might explain why students persist or do not persist.

As a result of the Persistence and Completion Academy work, NSU 

  • Developed the Student Defined Success Survey which is still used today
  • Expanded its remedial / developmental opportunities for first-time freshmen to a co-requisite model, and 
  • Purchased data analytic software to facilitate outreach and targeted support resources for students.

Work completed during the Persistence and Completion Academy established the foundation for NSU's Quality Initiative.