Priority One

Grow the Enrollment, Improve Student Life, and Increase Retention to Graduation

Desired Outcomes:

  1. 100% of conditionally admitted students matriculate through an academic success program.
  2. 100% of students participate in an online orientation and enrollment verification program that will supplement existing orientation programs. (The program will have specific content available to transfer and non-traditional students, as well as traditional students.)
  3. 45% of admitted students enroll at Henderson.
  4. 100% of freshmen are advised through a central advising office that covers both academic and career advising.
  5. 75% of academic departments have an orientation process to address admission requirements and prerequisites within the major.
  6. First- to second-year persistence rate
  7. Second- to third-year persistence rate is 60%.
  8. Third- to fourth-year persistence rate is 55%.
  9. Henderson has made progress toward a 6-year graduation rate of 50% within the next 5 years.  
  10. 50% fewer students are academically suspended.
  11. Henderson has an instructional experience specifically designed for first-year students (courses; numbering systems’ content; pedagogy; instructional delivery) that meets their distinctive needs and places the academically-related NSSE scores of Henderson freshman on a par with those at selected peers.       
  12. 30% of students indicate active involvement and engagement in campus programs and student organizations through EBI  surveys.
  13. Targeted services are offered to enhance the college experience of non-traditional students and are utilized by 20% of this demographic. (Numbers are based on approximately 825 non-traditional students.)           
  14. Henderson provides housing to 40% of students, meeting or exceeding campus housing needs. (Numbers based on current total enrollment of 3600 – new dormitory capacity will be 1700 after renovations and acquisitions. This is 47% of current enrollment; however, the goal is to grow undergraduate enrollment to 4000. This is 42.5% of 4000.)
  15. 35% of students engage in academic enrichment activities outside of the classroom (such as attending a conference in their major, attending library functions, participating in educational outreach through a student organization, etc.), as indicated through EBI surveys.
  16. 35% of students engage in university related community service.

Strategy 1: Develop a Comprehensive Student Academic Success Program

Strategy 2: Create a Coordinated First-Year Academic Experience

Strategy 3: Develop a Comprehensive Student Engagement and Development Program

Strategy 4: Enhance Admission and Enrollment Programs

Strategy 5: Enhance University Housing Options