ATLANTA — Georgia State University’s intense strategic focus on student retention and graduation rates has earned the institution a spot as one of just six national universities highlighted as models of national higher education reform in a report by a leading public policy center.
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The New America Foundation named Georgia State a “Next Generation University” in a report released today focused on how some key institutions are breaking the mold by boldly restructuring operating costs and creating clear, accelerated pathways for students.
The report focuses on six public research universities: Georgia State, Arizona State University, the University at Buffalo, the University of California at Riverside, the University of Central Florida and the University of Texas at Arlington. These universities are continuing their commitment to world-class research while increasing enrollment and graduation rates, even as the investments from their states have declined, researchers said.
President Mark Becker, who is in Washington, D.C., today to share details of Georgia State’s successful programs highlighted in the report, said the distinction is a reflection of one of the university’s highest priorities.
“Georgia State is firmly committed to helping every student achieve success in his or her academic career,“ Becker said. “We are pleased to be recognized for the work we have done, but we know there is much more to do. The future of our state and nation depends on growing the portion of our population with a college education, and that will happen only if our students and graduates more accurately reflect the entire socio-economic spectrum. Institutions like Georgia State and the others noted in this report are in the lead in doing exactly that.”
Read the report at the New America Foundation website.
About the New America Foundation: New America Foundation is a nonprofit, nonpartisan public policy institute that invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States.
About the Education Policy Program: The New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program develops ideas that advance equity, access and excellence in education, from early childhood through elementary and secondary schools, college and the workforce.