A Diverse and Stimulating Undergraduate Academic Environment: Progress Indicators

It is relatively easy to track progress in admitting talented and diverse undergraduate students, and we will continue to do that. More challenging will be establishing measures of student engagement, experience and appreciation of diversity.

At the admissions level, we have begun tracking students who were student leaders or team captains in high school; made considerable contributions in the visual or performing arts or in creative writing; won state or national recognition for their accomplishments; are residents outside the mid-Atlantic region; were engaged in significant community service; or come from first-generation, low-income households. However, we need additional measures to assess students’ development once they are enrolled at UD.

Increase student diversity.

  • Freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for all students and for African-American, Latino/a and international students
  • Sophomore-to-junior retention rate for all students and for African-American, Latino/a and international students
  • Four-, five- and six-year graduation rates for all students and for African-American, Latino/a and international students
  • Percentage of undergraduates who are African American, Latino/a and international students
  • Percentage of students enrolled in STEM majors who are women, African American and Latino/a

Enhance student engagement and achievement.

  • Responses to the National Survey of Student Engagement, especially items that are tracked on the Voluntary System of Assessment and the UD Campus Climate Survey
  • The percentage of graduating seniors who have participated in (a) study abroad, (b) undergraduate research and (c) service learning
  • Number of competitive awards to undergraduates (e.g., Rhodes, Marshall and Truman awards)
  • Number of honors degrees and honors degrees with distinction awarded
  • Percentage of graduating students pursuing post-graduate work
  • Percentage of graduating students employed

Key progress indicators are available to UD faculty and staff.