MU sets new targets for student enrollment, graduation, employment

The University of Missouri doesn’t just want to build enrollment by 2023 — it also wants to increase how many students are coming back, finishing degrees and landing jobs within six months of graduating.

University leaders unveiled a set of five-year goals Monday that tie back to the central theme of growth at the state’s flagship university.

The plan includes increasing the number of freshmen and undergraduate transfer students by about 17 percent, and boosting the school’s four-year graduation rate by about 9 percent.

The plan has been in the works for months, and leaders say it’s not driven entirely by the recent decline in freshman enrollment.

Over the next five years, the university wants to increase the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate to 93 percent from 87 percent.

Another goal is to increase the number of graduates to 10,000 by 2023 — a jump from 9,150 graduates in the 2016-17 school year. The number includes undergraduate and graduate students.

Finally, MU leaders hope to see 95 percent of all students employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation.

Read more: Columbia Missourian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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