Ten years ago, Georgia State’s graduation rate stood at a paltry 32 percent. Today, it’s up to 51 percent and climbing thanks to a handful of successful initiatives implemented by Vice Provost and Chief Enrollment Officer Timothy Renick. One, the Panther Retention Grants program, offers small grants to students who’ve been dropped from the class rolls because of non-payment.
“The difference between a student staying enrolled or not hinges on as little as $300,” Renick explains. While that might surprise, Renick notes that 40 percent of Georgia State students come from households with annual incomes of $30,000 or less.
As a result of the program, more than 1,700 students returned to classes after being dropped and more than 90 percent have re-enrolled for subsequent semesters without requiring additional grants.