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Student Success Initiatives

Degree Completion & Retention Plan

Eastern Michigan University's Degree Completion and Retention Plan has been developed to address both retention and graduation rates in a comprehensive and coordinated manner. It focuses on five areas of practice, process, and policy that both scholarly and practitioner research find have great impact on degree completion and retention: Academic & Student Preparedness, Enrollment Policies, Financial Aid Policies & Incentives, Advising & Student Support, and Curriculum Structure & Delivery.

Liberal Education and America's Promise (LEAP)

Eastern Michigan University is proud to be a member of the Michigan LEAP effort. Launched in 2005 by the Association of American Colleges & Universities, LEAP champions the importance of a liberal education both for individual students and a vital America in the twenty-first century. The state initiative acknowledges the value of a well-rounded education including the advancement of: intellectual and practical skills; personal and social responsibility; integrative and applied learning; and knowledge of the cultural, physical, and natural world.

Gateways to Completion

EMU's participation in the John N. Gardner Institute's Gateways to Completion process focuses on student success in foundation level courses.

Targeted Support

Eastern Michigan University offers a variety of targeted support for its students. It is home to three TRIO programs: Student Support Services (SSS) which focuses on increasing the retention and graduation rates of its participants; Upward Bound which serves high school students; and McNair Scholars which assists students in gaining admission to graduate and professional school programs. EMU EDGE is a four year academic support program working with students from their transition from high school through graduation. The EMU Opportunity (EO) Program is targeted at promising students who fall just below the regular admission standards.