Caboni announces increased retention rate of first year freshmen into spring semester

President Timothy Caboni listens during the Board of Regents presentation about WKU’s Budget changes that will be implemented in 2020.

Rebekah Alvey

In an email to faculty and staff, President Timothy Caboni announced improvements in overall student retention. 

The first to second semester persistence rate for fall 2018 first-time, first-year students increased by 4 percent since 2017, from 82.5 to 86.5 percent. Among low income, first-time, first-year students, retention improved by 5 percent and 5.2 percent among first generation first-time, first-year students. 

The Kelly M. Burch Institute, an initiative to improve student success, produced a 96 percent first to second semester retention rate, while the Intercultural Student Engagement Center produced a 98 percent rate. 

“These are remarkable metrics and a testament that we can enable student success with the right mix of attention, energy and investment,” Caboni said in the email. 

News Editor Rebekah Alvey can be reached at 270-745-6011 and [email protected]. Follow Rebekah Alvey on Twitter at @bekah_alvey.