Accomplishments and Recognition

90% Average retention rate from 2014-2017

767 students served from 2014-2017

76% of students increase their GPA from the previous semester

National Recognition

NASPA, the leading association for the advancement, health, and sustainability of the student affairs profession, recognized Rensselaer’s work in lifting students to success through the Undergraduate Probation Intervention Program (UPIP) and Student Success Labs by awarding the university the Silver Excellence Award.

This is the second time Rensselaer has been recognized by a NASPA National Award of Excellence. In 2006, Rensselaer earned a Gold Award for its First-Year Experience innovative orientation program and signature Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond program.

Accomplishments & Notables

  • Received eight national and four regional awards from the National Orientation Directors Association for publications, media, and theme in addition to having work featured in two national design publications.
  • 2018 - Received Silver Award of Excellence from National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as best practice in
  • 2007 - Received national award for innovative programming from the National Association of Colleges and Employers for the Career Development Center Sophomore Career Experience.
  • 2006 - Received Gold Award of Excellence from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as best practice in the nation for First-Year Experience program.
  • Undergraduate Probation Intervention Program (UPIP) and Student Success Labs.
  • Implemented online Electronic Warning System for first-year students.
  • Created and implemented the Leadership Theme House, living and learning community.
  • Created Design and Arts Theme House, living and learning community.
  • Improved graduation rate from 73% in 1999 to 81% in 2016.

Metrics

  FY 2017 FY 2018 FY 2019
Student Success Scheduled Student Visits 3,057 3,036 1,751
Student Success Walk-In Student Visits 580 653 897
Student Orientation – Students Attended 1,680 1,789 1,664
Student Orientation – Guests Attended 2,169 2,224 2,655
Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond – Day Trips 52 44 41
Navigating Rensselaer & Beyond – Overnight Trips 13 13 14
Bridge Scholars Program – Students Enrolled 37 39 42
I-PERSIST – Student Participation 1,167 1,229 1,146
I-PERSIST – Student Mentors 137 114 119
Electronic Warnings Received 5,444 5,401 5,614
Undergraduate Probation Intervention Program (UPIP)
Student Participation
215 213 263
Undergraduate Probation Intervention Program (UPIP)
Students Retained
89% - Spring
93% - Fall
92% - Fall
93% - Spring
84% - Fall
96% - Spring
100% - Summer
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition – Graduate Student Oral Presentations (Final Round) 10 9 16
Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition – Graduate Student Poster Presentation 14 24 24
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