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More APSU enrollment data released

Retention rate from Fall 2004 to Fall 2005 for first-time, full-time freshmen at APSU was up more than 2 percent to 63.3 percent.

Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and academic support, told The Leaf-Chronicle in a Dec. 1, 2005, article that the Universitys target is 70 percent retention based on national guidelines for schools with APSUs demographics.

McQueen attributes the gain to three ongoing retention programs: an orientation required for freshmen before classes begin, a more focused advising process and the freshmen experience course APSU 1000. Retention rate from Fall 2004 to Fall 2005 for first-time, full-time freshmen at APSU was up more than 2 percent to 63.3 percent.

Dr. Harriett McQueen, dean of enrollment management and academic support, told The Leaf-Chronicle in a Dec. 1, 2005, article that the University's target is 70 percent retention based on national guidelines for schools with APSU's demographics.

McQueen attributes the gain to three ongoing retention programs: an orientation required for freshmen before classes begin, a more focused advising process and the freshmen experience course APSU 1000.

Retention data followed the announcement last week from the Tennessee Board of Regents that APSU again is the fastest growing four-year school in the TBR system. APSU's full-time equivalency enrollment is up 6 percent from 2004 to 2005.

In the past five years, APSU netted an enrollment increase of nearly 24 percent. The University also recorded the largest increase in head count from Fall 2004 to Fall 2005. — Melony Leazer