WIU spring retention sees slight increase to last year

MACOMB, Ill. (NEWS3) — Western Illinois University released official retention numbers for the spring 2020 semester that show an increase in students remaining enrolled at the university.

WIU University Relations said the fall-to-spring retention for new, full-time freshmen increased to 89 percent, compared to 86 percent for fall 2018 to spring 2019. Total undergraduate retention for fall-to-spring is up to 90 percent, compared to 89 percent last year.

“Increasing our retention is one of our main priorities, and I’m happy that we’ve seen an increase,” WIU Interim President Martin Abraham said. “The new early intervention initiatives we implemented in Fall 2019 are helping to ensure the success of our students and to catch any issues early so we can help those students who may be struggling. Our proactive efforts are paying off. In addition, our new initiatives in regard to enrollment are also beginning to pay off as we’re seeing an increase in admitted students for Fall 2020 compared to last fall at this time. The challenge is to convert these admits into registered students.”

Officials said spring 2020 new graduate student enrollment jumped to 209 compared to 186 in spring 2019.

“Our efforts on graduate enrollment continue to be successful, thanks to the hard work of the faculty and staff within our academic departments, along with Associate Provost Mark Mossman and the staff of Graduate Programs,” Abraham said. “Dr. Mossman and our Graduate Programs staff have worked hard to streamline the graduate admissions process. We continue to view graduate programs as a growth opportunity for Western as we expand our graduate offerings. Fall enrollment continues to be the focus of recruitment efforts.”

The WIU Office of Undergraduate Admissions is slated to have a pre-game social for prospective students Saturday, Feb. 15, an Explore WIU Local Visit High School Day March 5 and an Admitted Student Day March 23.

“Since taking over as interim president, I have stated that our target was to have a larger incoming class for Fall 2020 than we did in Fall 2019,” Abraham said. “This remains our goal. But a secondary goal is to have greater enrollment in Fall 2020 than we currently have. When we achieve our enrollment goal for Fall 2020, we will begin a new chapter in the history of WIU – one of growth and expansion.”

The university’s spring 2020 total enrollment is 6,994.