2001 Projects

Come “RAP” With Us: Improving the Retention of Academically- Qualified Persons (RAP) with GPA’s of 3.0 or Higher

Retention is an important area of concern for Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). This project involves devising initiatives to identify and retain students with a high potential for academic success as outlined in the Strategic Plan for the Future of Virginia Commonwealth University, Phase II. It is theorized that by concentrating efforts on students (both in-state and out-of-state) with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, an improvement in the six-year graduation and freshmen retention rates can be realized. This would serve to enhance VCU’s status in the academic community (moving from Tier 3 to Tier 2 status) since twenty percent of the determining ranking of the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings are derived from the category of retention.


Pamela Finley Boston, Office of the General Counsel
Ruth W. Epps, Department of Accounting
Cynthia K. Kirkwood, Department of Pharmacy
John D. Ward, School of Medicine


Steven Gottfredson, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs
Donna Katen-Bahensky, CEO of MCVH