Significant improvement in data on graduation in 4, 5 and 6 years

Retention and “last mile” programs credited

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The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) announced on Thursday that it continues to show significant results in graduation rates. UAPB increased its four-year graduation rate and maintained its highest five- and six-year graduation rates on record. Overall, the four-year rate improved by 133% from 2016 to 2020; the five-year rate increased by 58.2% from 2017 to 2021; and the preliminary graduation rate after six years increased by 38.9%.

Chancellor Laurence B. Alexander, calling it a major win for the entire UAPB community, credited the strategic approach to retaining students and helping seniors with financial resources to clear all debts. unpaid before completing their programs of study.

“Our students worked hard to finish, and I’m happy to celebrate this success with our graduates first and foremost,” said Alexander. “I am also proud of the work our faculty and staff are doing across the university to ensure that more students graduate. Our Student Success Center has been dogged in providing tools to help students enroll successfully. Programs such as on-demand service ready graduate, which offers workshops on a wide range of topics such as budgeting, study skills, how to pass an online course, and understanding financial aid, have been key to our steady growth. And through our Last mile scholarship our extended UAPB community has helped ease the financial burden of students who are nearing completion but have outstanding debts they cannot pay.

Graduation rate in 4 years

The four-year graduation rate increased from 11.4% in 2016 to 26.6% in 2020, an increase of 133%. This percentage increase is the highest among the 4, 5 and 6 year rates, which also shows that the time to graduation has improved significantly. The table below shows the 4-year rate for each year during this five-year period.

* Numbers in parentheses represent the first fall semester of full-time degree-seeking students (cohort) enrolled at UAPB for the first time.

Graduation rate in 5 years

Five-year cumulative graduation rates show a 58.2% increase, from 23.7% in 2017 to 37.5% in 2021.

Graduation rate in 6 years

The six-year cumulative preliminary graduation rate in 2022 is 40.0% compared to 28.8% in 2018, an increase of 38.9%. Additional graduates as of August 31, 2022 will be included in the final 2022 rate.

For questions regarding degree data, please contact Margaret Taylor, Director of Institutional Research at [email protected] or 870.575.8733.

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