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Drive to Twenty Five 6-year graduation rate plan

6-year graduation rate plan (draft)


Increase 6-year undergraduate graduation rates to above the average of peer institutions identified in the WSU Strategic Plan

The weighted national averages for 2009/2015
  • Strategic Plan peers only: 72.86%
  • CMUP (25th┬áranked school in each category) only: 79.90%
  • CMUP and Strategic Plan peers (all): 75.82%
WSU’s most recent 6-year graduation rates
  • 2009/2015 = 64.2%
  • 2010/2016 = 66.6%
  • 2011/2017 = 62.4%
Key assumptions inherent in achieving the goal
  • Graduation rates are calculated using first-time, full-time students. This metric includes students primarily at WSU Pullman and, secondarily, at WSU Tri-Cities and WSU Vancouver.
  • To the degree that 6-year graduation rates correlate to the academic profile of the incoming class, the working group does not expect significant gains on this metric until 2021.
  • Improved graduation rates are more than a by-product of more selective admission practice
Recommended key activities
  • The WSU Student Success Council, which monitors and promotes undergraduate retention and academic progress initiatives, will
    coordinate activities to reach the target
  • The Student Success Council will review data provided by the Drive to 25 6-Year Graduation Rates Action Team related to retention and graduation rates to measure progress toward the goal
  • The Student Success Council will work directly with the Office of the Provost, Student Affairs, colleges and campuses to catalog, review, and measure the success of initiatives designed to improve retention and graduation rates
Expected outcomes
  • Significant increases in precursors to 6-year graduation rates (i.e., retention rates and progress toward graduation metrics) throughout the reporting cycle
  • More significant increases in 6-year graduation rates beginning in 2022
Measures (How will we know when we have achieved our goal?)
  • By 2030, 6-year undergraduate rates for WSU students, as reported through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), will exceed the average of peer institutions identified in the WSU Strategic plan.

Working group members


Mel Netzhammer
Office of the Chancellor, WSU Vancouver

Committee members

Erica Austin
Office of the Provost

Phil Weiler
University Marketing and Communications

Eric Godfrey
Enrollment Management Program

Lucila Loera
Office of Access, Equity, and Achievement

Jon Walter
Institutional Research

Rachel Webber
University Marketing and Communications

Full report

Read the working group report