The Division of Undergraduate Studies and Student Support Services (USSSS) promotes academic excellence and contributes to the success of all students at West Chester University.
West Chester University defines student success as the active involvement in the academic, co-curricular, and social life of the university, which leads to persistence toward the completion of a degree program.
WCU's first-to-second year retention rate is 87.9% for the Fall 2013 entering cohort. The six-year graduation rate is 66.9% for the 2008 entering cohort. For more information on the University's retention and graduation rates, please visit the Office of Institutional Research webpage.
Together with the other thirteen institutions of the Pennsylvania System of Higher Education (PASSHE), WCU is participating in the Equity Scorecard Process™ developed by the Center for Urban Education at the University of Southern California. The Equity Scorecard (ES) process is a data-driven, organizational learning process designed to foster institutional change through identifying and eliminating racial disparities among college students. Consistent with WCU's mission to provide access and high-quality undergraduate education, the aim of this project is to identify structurally hidden and unintended inequalities leading to racial disproportions in the following: access to the university, retention, degree completion, and involvement in high impact activities, such as internship, honors, and undergraduate research.
The ES process promotes the principle of equity-mindedness. In this way, our focus is on institutional barriers to student excellence, rather than on potential deficits among individual students. Compensatory programs that aim to eliminate racial/ethnic student deficits alone are not sufficient to bring about equity in student outcomes. By identifying and eliminating unintended structural inequalities that are obstacles to equity at WCU, we are better positioned to effect and sustain systemic change.
Working collaboratively with campus administrators, staff, and faculty, the 12-member ES evidence team began its work in January 2012 and completed the process in August 2014. A complete report will be released by the end of Fall 2014.
For more information, please contact the ES Co-Leaders:
Dr. Vernon Harper, Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
Dr. Vanessa K. Johnson, Department of Psychology Professor