What is Stay on TRACK?
The Stay on TRACK campaign is grounded in the philosophy that students and the university can take deliberate actions to help students graduate in a more timely manner, saving them money.
- “Stay on TRACK” encourages students to take 30 credits a year, choose a major, meet with their advisor, consider summer enrollment, and use DegreeWorks at UAOnline.
- Students consider enrollment in 12 credits a semester to be acceptable full time enrollment, and federal financial aid only requires enrollment in 12 credits. This campaign’s target is to shift the norm back to students taking 15 credits.
- UA’s four year graduation rate is 10 percent; the national average is 30 percent for first-time, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen. UA’s six year graduation rate is 28 percent; the national average for open admission institutions is 31 percent for first-time, full-time, baccalaureate degree-seeking freshmen.[i] [ii]
- At UA, each additional 3-credit class per fiscal year a student takes raises a student’s probability of graduating with a bachelor degree in six years by eight percent.[iii]
- Spring 2012 showed an overall 9.8% spike in students at the university enrolling in 15 or more credits.[iv]
- System wide 25% of University of Alaska students (8,744 students) take between 12-14 credits a semester. Overall, 37% of students (12,753 students) take over 11 credits a semester.[v]
- The Alaska Performance Scholarship requires enrollment in 15 credits a semester in sophomore through senior year.
- It is estimated that it costs a student an extra $10,000 to graduate in five years instead of four.
[i] NCES: Table 341. Graduation rates of first-time postsecondary students who started as full-time degree-seeking students, by sex, race/ethnicity, time between starting and graduating, and level and control of institution where student started: Selected cohort entry years, 1996 through 2005.
[ii] Data supplied by MAUs via UA Information Systems: BANNER SI opening extracts fall 2000 - 2010. First-time, Full-time, Baccalaureate Degree-seeking Freshmen Percent Graduated in 4 Years from the UA System. First-time, Full-time, Baccalaureate Degree-seeking Freshmen Percent Graduated in 6 Years from the UA System. http://www.alaska.edu/swbir/ir/publications-reports/csrde_Fall_10.pdf
[iii] Credit Load Impact for Degree Seeking Freshmen, compiled by UA Institutional Research & Analysis, January 20, 2012.
[iv] Comparison of Spring 2011-2012 opening figures by UA Institutional Research & Analysis, February 23, 2012.
[v] UA in Review 2011: Table 1.13 Headcount by Student Credit Hour (SCH) Load and MAU Fall 2010.