ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – UNM has been in the news a lot the past few weeks, from accolades including being named of the best universities for Hispanic students, to taking heat for students tailgating drunk and partying hard off of campus. Dr. Bob Frank discussed these issues Thursday and everything in between that is current with campus.
Frank said a major goal for UNM is to help every student that comes into the university complete a degree program, and one of the first steps toward achieving that goal is giving students the support needed to successfully finish their freshman year.
“We measure progress in this area with our third semester retention rates, which is the percentage of freshmen who return for their sophomore year at UNM,” Frank said.
Over the past couple of years, several departments have implemented new programs and processes to aid student success, and Frank said that is largely due to implementations that we have reached high records in student retention.
“Last week, we reported the third semester retention rate at 79.1 percent, the second highest it has been in the last decade, and more importantly, we had the highest total number of students in our history enroll for their second year at UNM,” Frank said. “In addition to that, our Hispanic full-time third semester retention rate is higher than ever at 80.1 percent, which is more than a 5 percent increase over four years.”