Strategic Plan 2023–2025

Measuring Success: Objective 1 Student Success—Transformational Student Experience

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Objective 1: Student Success—Transformational Student Experience

Higher education is a primary driver of social mobility and civic engagement. Wright State prides itself on providing access to high-quality educational experiences to students from all backgrounds, meeting each student where they are and helping them build the knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve life goals.

We will achieve this objective through the following strategies.


Strategy 1: Implement student-centered best practices and ensure institutional policies prioritize students

April 1, 2024 updates:
  • The full Fall 2023 application cycle was built in the university's new Slate CRM at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, streamlining many components of the application process in one central location. Students are now provided real-time access to their application, admission decision, and next steps via an individualized student portal. Slate now also houses students’ next steps, including Orientation registration, housing information, and a link to academic advising from a central location that is familiar and specific to the student.
January 1, 2024 updates:
  • Wright State employed a student-centric design process to transform its Dayton Campus over the summer and fall terms. Numerous campus services, centers, community spaces, and academic programs were located to improve access and promote student engagement. Relocations and renovations included Enrollment Services, Career Services, Student Involvement and Leadership, the Cultural and Identity Centers, University Center for International Education, College of Health, Education and Human Services, College of Liberal Arts, College of Graduate Programs and Honors Studies, Collegiate eSports Club, and Raider Landing.
October 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State implemented digital tracking of student attendance at visits and events both on-campus and at external sites. Efficiency and accuracy of data capture has improved significantly over previous manual and paper-based approaches and is facilitating enhanced, customized engagement with students and parents.
  • New, automated application review processes continue to improve the student application experience while reducing manual work and generating efficiencies for the university.
July 1, 2023 updates:
  • The University developed and launched the Exceptional Service Workshop to instill a culture and practice of service that supports student success. The workshop was piloted with key student-facing offices in May 2023 and will be offered to all staff on an ongoing basis.
  • The University launched its new CRM June 2023, opening visits and applications to prospective students and their families. The new platform simplifies the user experience and enables personalized interactions with students and parents.
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State is in the process of implementing a new CRM tailor-made for higher education. The transition includes business process analysis to simplify and improve student user experience, while also streamlining processes and increasing efficiencies. The new CRM, Slate, is expected to go live in Summer 2023 and will impact Undergraduate and Graduate admissions in year one.
  • A Working Policy Group, comprised of representatives from Academic Affairs and Enrollment Management, convenes monthly to review and suggest changes to policies that are noted to be out-of-date or present hurdles to student enrollment and persistence. The group considers best practices and institutional processes and then makes recommendations to each policy after consulting with departmental and functional leads. To date, the group has conducted assessments and suggested changes to policies regarding: Latin Honors, withdrawal from the University, the Wright Path program, transfer admissions, test-optional admissions, international admissions. The group will send the changes worked upon throughout the Spring 2023 semester to the University Policy Committee for consideration.

Strategy 2: Create and maintain transformational and relevant academic programs to meet the needs of the region and beyond

April 2024 updates:
  • The Academic Efficiency and Effectiveness review was completed and included recommendations to discontinue 34 low-demand programs. This process allows the university to redirect its resources and efforts to improve, maintain, and expand programs that have shown significant demand and relevance in today's job market. The review process also defined metrics for future program proposals and modifications.
January 1, 2024 updates:
  • Quality Matters and Course Design trainings are now regularly offered through the Center for Faculty Excellence. Faculty proposing to develop online courses are required to complete one of these trainings prior to engaging with the WSU Online instructional design team to ensure highest quality course development.
October 1, 2023 updates:
  • The university began an Academic Efficiency and Effectiveness Review to ensure relevant academic programs are offered and meet the needs of the region and beyond. Initial work has involved generating quantitative and qualitative data to support the review process, forming review teams, and developing a program review schedule commencing in October 2023.
  • The university has 20 microcredential programs working through review and approval processes.
  • The university has approved eight combined programs over the past academic year with two additional in the pipeline. These programs allow undergraduate students to earn both graduate credit for the linked masters degree program while completing their undergraduate program.
July 1, 2023 updates:
  • The university approved its first two microcredentials: Six Sigma Green Belt and Introduction to UX and Design Thinking. Both will be available beginning Fall 2023.
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State introduced new institutional policies on undergraduate and graduate microcredentials, laying the groundwork to award career-focused credentials that enhance students’ workforce competitiveness.

Strategy 3: Increase community engagement, co-curricular, and experiential learning opportunities

January 1, 2024 updates:
  • As part of the Five to Finish initiative, academic colleges completed an inventory of courses that align with curricular designations and high-impact practices. This initial step enables improved transparency and planning for students and institutional tracking and analysis tools for continued improvements and opportunities for students.
July 1, 2023 updates:
  • An inventory and tracking system for experiential learning opportunities was developed to improve the university’s ability to ensure students have access to high-quality learning experiences relevant to their programs and areas of interest.
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State introduced a new structure for the Assurance of Learning Committee and the Co-Curricular Assessment Committee. These two large committees will become one smaller committee and work both on assessment and co-curricular assessment. April 2022 we will begin to lay groundwork for assessment planning. Two additional meetings will be held April, and the HLC team will occur on April 24th. Further planning and communications will take place over the summer of 2023, with execution of new assessment in the fall of 2023. The University will execute an implement its first module contract with Watermark by Fall 2023, with other modules to follow.

Strategy 4: Improve student success and retention rates

April 1, 2024 updates:
  • An updated general core curriculum was approved spring 2024 semester, and will require a 3-credit hour First Year Seminar (FYS) for students beginning Fall 2025. Colleges have scheduled initial FYSs to begin Fall 2024 with expected enrollments of 700+ students across 27 sections and 6 colleges.
  • Success Coaches in the Office of Orientation and Success Programs routinely engaging with the Take Flight cohort to check on their general well-being, determine how the semester is going, and encourage them to register for Fall 2024. Success coaches closely monitor registration status and engage in multiple modes of communication to support successful registration efforts. 
July 1, 2023 updates:
  • University departments collaborated to update data used to determine and define retention, enabling a common language consistent reporting data for analysis and strategy development. Adoption of this definition enables all areas to focus on students within the retention cohort and will illuminate areas necessary to focus on; equity gaps that exist within first-year students, implementation of subsequent data as it relates to students not returning, mitigating barriers to student success.
April 1, 2023 updates:
  • Wright State introduced a university-wide student retention committee and college retention committees. College committees have identified "difficult courses" for intervention. First Year Experience is part of the student retention committee. The College of Liberal Arts is piloting 8 sections of program-led first-year seminars. A College Writing Workshop will be provided to students in week zero. The committees are also planning for additional coordination of other week zero activities with Student Affairs.
  • In an effort to increase retention rates and degree completion, Enrollment Management has recently partnered with Graduation Alliance, a company who focuses on “registration recovery” efforts. Beginning in April 2023, Graduation Alliance will contact students who were registered in Fall 2022 but did not attend in Spring 2023. This outreach will focus on all undergraduate and graduate students who are in good standing with the University. Beginning in July 2023, the organization will conduct the same type of outreach to students who attended in Spring 2023 but have not yet registered for Fall 2023.  
  • Beginning in Fall 2023, the newly created Office of Orientation & Success Programs will focus its efforts on increasing the retention of targeted student populations, such as first generation, Pell eligible, and those attending underserved high schools. These efforts will focus on providing students with the tools and connections to successfully transition to Wright State and further thrive in a university setting. In addition to creating UVC 1010 courses to intentionally convene groups of students and introduce them to key and critical topics, the Success Coaches will serve as mentors to these groups of students and develop programming that provides access to and awareness of key campus influencers and opportunities, all while creating a sense of community and increasing student belonging.

Key Metric: user check First-Year Retention Rate

An inclusive environment enriches the educational experience for all students but requires intentional support structures for those who may require more assistance to reach their academic goals. At Wright State, we aim to provide both access and success to advance the social mobility of our region.

First-year retention rates are an important indicator that students are overcoming the challenges of transitioning to college and progressing toward degree completion.

Data definition: The percentage of Dayton Campus first-time, full-time baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen who are retained from the first fall term to the next consecutive fall term. IPEDS Retention Rate Survey.

First-Year Retention Rate Data
Metric Fall 2020 Cohort Fall 2021 Cohort Fall 2022 Cohort
First-Year Retention Rate 65% 64%  

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Key Metric: graduation cap Six-Year Graduation Rate

Most Wright State University students arrive on our campuses with the goal of attaining a degree or credential to enhance their personal, professional, and economic outcomes. As the “traditional” college student has shifted over the years, so too have the challenges they face. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to working with students to keep them on track to timely degree completion.

Graduation rate is an important indicator of our effectiveness in supporting Wright State students to the finish line.

Data definition: Six-year graduation rates of Dayton Campus Fall cohort full-time, first-time, bachelor's-seeking (undergraduate) students who attained a bachelor's degree. IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey.

Six-Year Graduation Rate Data
Metric Fall 2015 Cohort Fall 2016 Cohort Fall 2017 Cohort
Six-Year Graduation Rate 44% 44%  

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Key Metric: user plus Total Enrollment

Degree attainment is a key driver of social mobility and is vital to producing a highly-skilled workforce and engaged citizenship for our region and state. Wright State is committed to providing high-quality, affordable, accessible educational programs.

Total enrollment signals our success in attracting students who want to begin, continue, or return to post-secondary education.

Data definition: Total, unduplicated Fall term headcount enrollment for all campuses.

Total Enrollment Data
Metric Fall 2022 Fall 2023 Fall 2024
Total Enrollment 10,798 11,036  

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Key Metric: check Completions

Life-long learning is core value of higher education, but is also critical to the advancement of our global society. Wright State University is proud to offer high-quality, relevant undergraduate, graduate, professional, and certificate programs for learners at all stages of their educational and professional careers.

Completions are evidence of our success in producing highly-prepared graduates at all degree levels.

Data definition:  Total degrees and certificates conferred within the academic year at the associates, baccalaureate, graduate, and professional levels.

Completions Data
Metric FY 2022 FY 2023 FY 2024
Completions 3,061 2,935  

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