Wayne State University’s six-year graduation rate just a few years ago was 26%, the worst in the country for a public university. The six-year rate is the value to focus on as it is the common metric used throughout higher education.
“I think that the only way to improve numbers like this is everybody gets involved.” — M Roy Wilson, Wayne State University
After the implementation of intentional programming, six-year graduation numbers have since doubled to just over 50%, a vast improvement but with work still need to be done on the comparatively low four-year graduation rates.
Listen: Wayne State University President on improving graduation rates.
M Roy Wilson, President of Wayne State University, says the school set a goal of achieving a 50% graduation rate by 2021, something Wayne State is on track to achieve by the end of summer.
Wilson says Wayne State enacted a number of programs, including expanding advising capabilities, to address the low graduation rates.
“I think that the only way to improve numbers like this is everybody gets involved,” says Wilson.