Clif’s Notes for Nov. 1, 2016

Clif's Notes

As you know, the university has identified two focus areas for the 2016-21 long-range plan:

  • Increasing the number of graduates while maintaining academic rigor and quality
  • Enhancing campus diversity and inclusion

Keeping ourselves accountable19273 MSU Spring 10 am Commencement. diverse

At the October Board of Governors Programs and Planning Committee meeting, we worked with the board to finalize specific measurable goals. These goals will be used to hold the university accountable and to ensure that progress is made in these focus areas. The goals, along with historical data, are reflected in the tables below.

Degrees and certificates awarded annually (July 1-June 30)
Fiscal year Degrees and certificates
FY12 4,473
FY13 4,311
FY14 4,409
FY15 4,431
FY16 4,642
Goal FY21 4,900
Six-year graduation rate
Cohorts Graduation rate
2006 cohort in 2012 55%
2007 cohort in 2013 53%
2008 cohort in 2014 55%
2009 cohort in 2015 52%
2010 cohort in 2016 55%
Goal fall 2021 57%
First-year to Second-year retention rate (fall to fall)
Year Retention rate
2011-12 75%
2012-13 75%
2013-14 75%
2014-15 78%
2015-16 79%
Goal fall 2021 82%
Six-year graduation rate
Cohorts Pell-eligible First-generation Hispanic/Latino Black African-American Two or more races
2006 cohort in 2012 51% 47% 41% 40% 57%
2007 cohort in 2013 48% 46% 48% 44% 59%
2008 cohort in 2014 50% 46% 42% 32% 61%
2009 cohort in 2015 45% 44% 45% 35% 46%
2010 cohort in 2016 49% 48% 52% 33% 43%
Goal fall 2021 50% 50% 50% 50% 50%
First year to second year retention rate (fall to fall)
Year Pell-eligible First-generation Hispanic/Latino Black African-American Two or more races
2011-12 65% 71% 75% 74% 66%
2012-13 68% 65% 73% 66% 63%
2013-14 66% 61% 71% 71% 67%
2014-15 72% 73% 78% 69% 72%
2015-16 71% 72% 75% 74% 83%
Goal fall 2021 79% 79% 79% 79% 79%
Faculty and staff that are international or members of historically underrepresented groups
Year Percentage
Fall 2011 10.5%
Fall 2012 10.7%
Fall 2013 10.6%
Fall 2014 11.0%
Fall 2015 11.5%
Goal fall 2021 14%

Understanding the numbers18903 Fall scenes on campus. Bob Linder/ Missouri State

These goals are not intended to be static. The university will review these goals each year when it unveils its annual action plan. Should the university achieve a measurable goal, the university may set a new goal or refocus. Likewise, if achievement of a goal becomes improbable, the university will explain the reasons for not meeting the goal and establish a new goal or goals that the university has a realistic opportunity to achieve.

Work is underway to achieve these goals. Specific action items are listed in the 2016-17 Action Plan. Earlier this fall, over 50 representatives from Missouri State University participated in a statewide Complete College America 15 to Finish, which we hosted on our campus. Conversations are ongoing to implement the strategies discussed at this conference. We are hopeful that these strategies, along with the action items in the 2016-17 Action Plan, will result in progress toward our measurable goals.

Thanks for all you do for Missouri State!

Clif Smart

About Clif Smart

Clifton "Clif" M. Smart III has served as the 11th president of Missouri State University since June 27, 2011. Smart is known throughout campus and the state of Missouri for his collaborative leadership and strong relationships with students, faculty and staff. During his tenure, the university has continually set new enrollment records, added degree programs and constructed or extensively renovated more than a dozen major campus facilities. Before his presidency, Smart served as the Missouri State University’s general counsel.
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