UFV working to improve retention rates

March 19, 2010

When University of the Fraser Valley administrators realized they were losing 54% of first-year students every year, they knew they had to do something to improve retention. Data revealed that students were leaving because they were frustrated with their academics, or unable to continue due to their financial situation. Recognizing that many of its students were mature and working full- or part-time jobs to pay for school, UFV set out to offer more evening, weekend, and online courses. The university also created supported learning groups for first-year students, and officials are noticing an increase in GPAs and overall confidence in students. UFV's vice-president of external relations is hopeful these measures will boost retention rates, noting the university will create more bursaries and grants for students struggling financially. Mission City Record