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Report Card Marks UC Gains in Enrollment, Retention, Research Rankings

With more than 80 metrics, the annual UC|21 Report Card tracks UC's progress on six goals. Interim President Monica Rimai presented it to the Board of Trustees on Sept. 22.

Date: 9/23/2009 12:00:00 AM
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-2019

UC ingot   The largest enrollment in 28 years, better retention rates, and improved research rankings stand among the highlights of this year’s UC|21 Report Card. Interim President Monica Rimai presented the 2009 update to the Board of Trustees at its meeting on Sept. 22.

Containing more than 80 metrics plus a large section on diversity data and 65 brief narratives summarizing the year’s achievements, the Report Card shows that fall enrollment at UC (based on projections made Sept. 14) will be 38,700 -- the largest student body since 1981.  That 4.4 percent enrollment growth includes 6,000 incoming freshmen, the largest incoming class in UC history and 8,000 graduate students. Total enrollment has increased by nearly 15 percent in the past six years, while grad student enrollment has grown by over 19 percent.

UC’s retention rates have slowly but steadily risen since 2003 as well, standing at 84 percent this fall, seven percent higher than 2003. 

On the research front, UC’s ranking on Total Research Expenditures has risen to 23 among public research universities.

The printable Report Card is available as a PDF at:

The online Report Card is available at (click on the words “September 2009 Update")