Retention Rate Resources

Retention Dashboard Definitions

 

Term
Definition
1 Yr Retention
Enrolled at the university the next fall semester one year later or earned a degree or certificate of any type regardless of intent.
Age Group
Age group of the student during the semester.
AVG ACT Comp
The maximum average ACT composite score students submitted to the university.
AVG High School GPA
The average grade point average students earned in high school.
AVG Index Scores
The average index score for students. The index score is the GPA multiplied by 10 plus the ACT composite score or equivalent.
Athlete
Participates in athletics at DSU during the semester.
College
The college that corresponds to the major the student is pursuing during the initial fall semester show in the dashboard.
Complete Withdrawal
Students who withdrew from all of their classes during the semester
Concentration
The concentration the student is pursuing during the initial fall semester shown in the dashboard.
Cumulative GPA < 2.0
Earned a GPA below a 2.0 or completely withdrew during fall and spring.
Degree Intent
The level of the degree a student plans to pursue during the initial semester: Less than a Bachelors, Bachelors. Non-degree-seeking students are not pursuing a degree.
Department
The department that corresponds to the major the student is pursuing during the initial fall semester show in the dashboard.
Enrolled at DSU
Enrolled at the university the next fall semester one year later.
Enrolled Same College
Enrolled at the university the next fall semester one year later in the same college.
Enrolled Same Major
Enrolled at the university the next fall semester one year later in the same major.
Exclusions
N = federal exclusions are not included in the data shown in the results on the screen.
Y = Federal exclusions are shown in the results on the screen. Exclusions include students from the cohort who left the institution for any of the following reasons: died
or were totally and permanently disabled; to serve in the armed forces (including those called to active duty); to serve with a foreign aid service of the Federal Government (e.g. Peace Corps); or to serve on official church missions. Exclusions are
only entered in the dashboard starting in fall 2012.
Fall GPA < 2.0
Earned a GPA below a 2.0 or completely withdrew during fall.
First Generation
Neither parent earned a college degree.
Former DSU Concurrent
Completed college credits at DSU during high school prior to being accepted as a new freshman at DSU after high school graduation.
Gender
M = Male, F = Female
Graduated DSU
Graduated within one year prior to the next fall semester with the certificate/degree they initially intended to pursue or a higher level degree.
High School
The high school the student attended.
Honors Student
Participated in the Honors program at DSU.
Index Score Range
The index score is the GPA multiplied by 10 plus the ACT composite score or equivalent. These are put in ranges as used by the institutional research office.
Major
The major program the student is pursuing during the initial fall semester show in the dashboard.
N
The number of students in the cohort. A cohort is a group of students tracked over time.
Not Enrolled
Not enrolled at the university the next fall semester one year later.
Pell Recipient
Received a Pell grant during the semester.
Race/Ethnicity
Race/Ethnicity of the student following federal guidelines.
Residency
American Indian pays, Good Neighbor Program = pays resident tuition but resides in another state due to inter-state agreements, Non Resident = pays non-resident tuition, Resident = pays resident tuition.
Semester
Fall or spring semester are the choices available.
State Origin
The state that the student came from before attending the university.
Status
Full-Time = 12 or more credit hours, Part-time < 12 credit hours taken during the semester.
Student Level
The level of the student during the semester. New freshman and new transfer students are separated first. Then students are coded as continuing freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors based on their credit hours completed at the beginning of the semester. Non-matriculated students are non-degree-seeking students.
Term GPA
The institutional GPA the student earned during the semester shown in ranges.
Transfer After 1 Year
Students who transferred to another college or university during the first year ending in the next fall semester.
Withdrawal/No GPA
The percentage of students who completely withdrew during the fall semester, or those who never took classes that resulted in a GPA at DSU (incompletes, etc.)