The University of Rhode Island’s student success investments
During the recession last decade, the University of Rhode Island (URI) lost $26 million in state support over a three-year period. That loss represented about a third of its state appropriation, posing a major threat to URI’s future. But the university used its budget crisis as a spur to revamp undergraduate education and focus on increasing student progress and graduation rates.
Now, ten years later, URI has turned things around, and although it has yet to recover all its lost funding, it has achieved results that are nothing short of remarkable. In recognition, it was one of three 2019 finalists for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities degree-completion award.