The Washington State University Vancouver Campus Profile is provided to inform the campus community about the student population as well as to allow tracking of educational benchmarks and other institutional measures. Information in this profile will be refined in the coming academic year. Most of the profile’s content has been provided by the WSU Office of Institutional Research and is available to university employees through the “Academic Profiles” via the Institutional Research website or through an interactive dashboard interface within the myWSU portal (OBIEE Reporting).
Student retention and graduation
To identify what factors predict student success at Washington State University Vancouver, outcome data were analyzed for students entering the university between 2004 and 2014. Students transferring to WSU Vancouver after completing associate’s degrees have long made up the greatest percentage of the student population. This group has historically graduated at high rates and continues to have success up to the current year. However, increasingly students are enrolling at WSU Vancouver under diverse circumstances. Analysis identified seven predictors of increased risk of early withdrawal. These predictors may be thought of as pointing to the following groups:
- Students with a history of lower than average academic success as identified by a low high school or transfer grade point average.
- Students beginning their WSU Vancouver career as freshmen.
- Students transferring to WSU Vancouver with less than 60 transfer credits.
- Part-time students.
- Students identifying as belonging to an underrepresented minority group.
- Male students beginning as freshmen.
- Students with a high amount of unmet financial need.
The attached report presents evidence for each of these predictors as a means of better understanding the needs of WSU Vancouver’s students and anticipating the challenges which are likely to present as the campus grows.