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ACADEMIC DISTINCTIVENESS AND QUALITY
Enhance our distinctive learning experience to produce talented graduates with the knowledge and skills essential for critical thinking, meaningful civic engagement, international competency, an appreciation for the arts, lifelong learning and the ability to lead and adapt in a rapidly changing world.
Enhance the quantity and quality of dialogue with our various communities to ensure our academic relevance and distinctiveness.
- Enrollment Management and Communications and Marketing developed an orientation communications plan in which the university communicates monthly with prospective students who have applied for admission.
- Enrollment Management and Communications and Marketing developed the “Parents as Partners” newsletter.
Enhance student access to and successful participation in higher education through quality and innovative instruction and student life programs that increase graduation and career placement for a diverse student body.
Improve the enrollment and retention of direct-from-high-school, graduate and nontraditional student populations.
- RaiderConnect, students’ single point of contact for Enrollment Services, was opened in Fall 2013, providing integrated, student-centric enrollment services, streamlining their experiences in support of retention.
- From Fall 2008 to Fall 2010, Wright State’s total enrollment grew more than 12 percent to a record of nearly 20,000 students. Despite a declining number of high school graduates in Ohio, the university saw a 10.7 percent increase in the number of direct-from-high-school students.
- By Fall 2010, Wright State had more than 6,300 students over the age of 24. These nontraditional students make up 32 percent of the university’s student body.
- The university increased the number of international students from 605 to 788 between 2008 and 2012 and doubled the number of Chinese students, from 70 to 142.
- Established in 2009, the Wright State Graduation Fund provides scholarships to help financially needy students complete their degrees.
- The Office of Financial Aid created a need-based grant program to better serve students with high levels of financial need. This program is modeled annually to serve students who have need and to address enrollment/retention efforts.
- New direct-from-high-school freshmen are more prepared than ever, with an average ACT score of 22 and average high school GPA of 3.2.
- New transfer student enrollment increased more than 18 percent in the past five years.
- New Hispanic student enrollment increased more than 27 percent in the past 5 years.
- The College Readiness program delivered important content to high school students, including academic enrichment, non-cognitive skills, financial aid and literacy, application process, and cultural enrichment.
- The Division of Enrollment Management introduced new technology to streamline processes to better serve students.
- The Office of Financial Aid moved the university to Direct Lending before it became a federally mandated requirement, better positioning the office to enrich processing capabilities and streamline loan processing.
- The Office of Financial Aid enhanced the automation of packaging and loan processing in Banner to expedite service.
- The WINGS Express Portal was enhanced to allow students to finalize financial aid processing and to allow quicker disbursement of financial aid.
- The Office of Financial Aid expanded student service capabilities, including new online processes, extended hours of operation, and better customer service training for staff.
- During Fall 2012, the Academic Performance Scholarship Program was enhanced to better serve students who meet certain aspects of academic merit.
- The Deans’ Scholarship Program was created to recruit high-quality academically prepared students.
- The Choose Ohio First Program, which is fully funded by the state, attracted additional students to Wright State University for STEM disciplines, students with disabilities, and graduated/professional students. This program grew in scope and has assisted with the recruitment and retention of high-quality Ohio students in various disciplines across campus.
- Orientation delivered student-focused activities, peer connections, information about transitioning to college, academic success resources, and tools to foster adjustment to the physical campus environment. New students are also introduced to opportunities for service-learning, study abroad, diversity, and career development.
- Freshmen Convocation attracted well-known and inspirational guest speakers: Rocsi Diaz, 2013; John Legend, 2012; Eric Klien, 2011; Ishamel Beah, 2010; and Chris Sacca, 2009.
- The Division of Enrollment Management hosted nationally recognized enrollment management expert David Kalsbeek of DePaul University, who shared best practices in financial-aid leveraging, in 2011 and 2012.
Enhance the academic success of students.
- Undergraduate Admissions, the College of Education and Human Services, the United Latin American Citizens, and the Hispanic Catholic Ministry collaborated on a recruitment initiative to tutor elementary Hispanic students.
- In 2012, the Diversity Inclusion Committee offered student scholarships for products addressing the impact of diversity on their professional development.
RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
Expand our scholarship in innovative and targeted ways to address regional, national and global needs.
Foster discovery at all levels in the educational pipeline (K–16+)
- Summer enrichment courses attracted students in grades K–9 to campus.
- The Upward Bound precollege program enhanced the academic skills of eighth-, ninth- and 10th-grade students from first-generation college and low-income families.
- The student organization Black Men on the Move operated a mentoring program at Thurgood Marshall High School in Dayton.
- Wright State hosted the 2012 Ohio Mathematics Contest for students in grades four through 11.
Provide leadership to promote and support social, cultural and economic development within the region through our collaborations with local, state, national and global partners.
Enhance the university’s presence with the Dayton/West Central Ohio regions, and beyond, in ways that benefit communities.
- A program designed to provide college scholarships over 10 years for up to 500 academically promising local high school students from low-income families was launched by Wright State and Sinclair Community College. Wright State will provide financial support from privately raised funds for 20 students a year, beginning in 2017.
- The College Readiness program assisted community schools with increasing students’ educational access, opportunities, and readiness, providing a successful transition to college. This project promotes Wright State’s position as an innovative community-engaged institution by partnering with other community and state organizations.
- The College of Education and Human Services awarded 16 mini-grants in 2011–12 to support faculty involvement in partnership efforts.
Statistics & Numbers
Wright State University is proud to participate in College Portrait of Undergraduate Education: Voluntary System of Accountability. Visit the College Portrait website for a report that outlines many areas of undergraduate education at Wright State, including financial aid data, admitted-student population profile, and student satisfaction survey results.