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Standard 8: Student Admissions and Retention

The institution seeks to admit students whose interests, goals, and abilities are congruent with its mission and seeks to retain them through the pursuit of the studentsí educational goals.

Fundamental Elements of Student Admissions
An accredited institution is expected to possess or demonstrate the following attributes or activities:

  • admissions policies, developed and implemented, that support and reflect the mission of the institution;
  • admissions policies and criteria available to assist the prospective student in making informed decisions;
  • programs and services to ensure that admitted students who marginally meet or do not meet the institutionís qualifications achieve expected learning goals and higher education outcomes at appropriate points;
  • accurate and comprehensive information regarding academic programs, including any required placement or diagnostic testing;
  • statements of expected student learning outcomes and information on institution-wide assessment results, as appropriate to the program offered, available to prospective students;
  • accurate and comprehensive information, and advice where appropriate, regarding financial aid, scholarships, grants, loans, and refunds;
  • published and implemented policies and procedures regarding transfer credit and credit for extra-institutional college level learning; and
  • ongoing assessment of student success, including but not necessarily limited to retention, that evaluates the match between the attributes of admitted students and the institutionís mission and programs, and reflects its findings in its admissions, remediation, and other related policies.
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