University Planning

Academy for Student Persistence and Completion

Through our Higher Values in Higher Education Strategic Plan, Western Illinois University is committed to increasing student persistence and completion rates through the provision of an educational environment that values academic excellence, educational opportunity, personal growth, and social responsibility.

The videos shown on this page show Western Illinois University "Success Stories" They illustrate the importance of our mission-driven commitment to provide student-centered undergraduate and graduate programs characterized by innovative teaching, research, and service, grounded in interdisciplinary, regional and global perspectives.


Because we are a professional, diverse, and accomplished faculty and staff who collaborate with alumni and community partners, we encourage you to get involved with our Persistence and Completion Academy by watching the videos featured on the page, sending ideas or volunteering for committees, and reading the information featured on this site. Together we make a difference in the lives of students that we serve.

The Higher Learning Commission has initiated resources for institutions to improve through participation in the Academy for Student Persistence and Completion. This academy provides a four-year sequence of activities designed to build institutional capacity to improve persistence and completion of its students. During the Academy, institutions focus on

  • Effective collection of data and other information to identify student persistence and completion patterns
  • Evaluation and improvement of current persistence and completion strategies
  • Development of new student persistence and completion strategies for specific cohorts of students

More information on the Academy for Student Persistence and Completion PDF File