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2018 - 2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018 - 2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Office Of Student Success and Retention

dents from matriculation to graduation. The goal of this comprehensive program is to increase student retention rates and persistence to graduation with a focus on academic success and achievement through early intervention and systematic tracking of undergraduate students. Further, the Office of Student Success and Retention works to improve retention and graduation rates by collaborating with the Office of Financial Aid to reduce attrition related to students’ inability to pay for college and to maintain their funding for college. Listed below are the Campus-Wide Retention Initiatives:

Summer programs for freshmen – ACCESS -Orientation Program

Placement testing – Accuplacer

Student Accessibility Support Services (SASS) – disabilities support services

Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA)

Academic advisement for first-time freshmen

FAFSA filing campaign

Monitoring and intervention for mid-term grades of “D” or “F”

Monitoring and intervention for final grades of “D” or “F”

Monitoring and intervention for students on academic probation

Reinstatement of students dropped for failure to make satisfactory financial arrangements

Tracking and follow-up with students who are no longer enrolled

Early Alert and Response System

Parents’ 411 newsletter

Retention research & student surveys

Peer tutoring

ACCESS Orientation Program

During the ACCESS Orientation Program students and their parents receive financial aid assistance, including FAFSA information, residence life information, placement testing results, academic advisement, and career counseling. Additionally, students participate in activities, workshops, and seminars to include topics such as college transition, conflict resolution, study skills, and test-taking strategies. It is expected that new students and their parents leave the ACCESS Orientation Program week with all of the necessary tools and resources required for their Fall or Spring enrollment at the University, as well as for their first year of academic success.

The ACCESS Orientation Program pledges to increase access to college for a diverse student population, pre-pare students for their college matriculation, provide a head start for students on the path to academic success, and increase the retention and graduation rates of all undergraduate students by means of “frontloading” critical resources for first-time, full-time freshmen. Participation in the ACCESS Orientation Program is mandatory for all regularly admitted first-time, full-time freshman students. The ACCESS Orientation Program costs $225.00 that is not refundable. Students must have paid the $150 University confirmation fee to the Office of Admissions prior to registering for the Orientation. Maryland residents will be charged a nonrefundable $100 late fee in addition to the nonrefundable program cost of $225 ($325 total) to attend the August ACCESS Orientation Program. The late fee will be waived for international students and out-of-state students. (ACCESS Orientation Program costs and confirmation fees are subject to change on an annual basis. Please check with the Office of Student Retention at 443-885-3651 for current program fees.)

Placement Testing

All first-time freshmen at Morgan State University are required to take a placement examination to determine their course placement. Students are tested in the areas of English, Reading, and Mathematics. Based upon their test results, students will take either Freshman Studies English 101 or Standard College level English 101, either Developmental Mathematics (MATH 106) or Standard College level Math 109 or Math 113 (or the Math required for their major), and students may be required to take Developmental Reading (DVRD 101). An advanced mathematics placement for courses up to Calculus (Math 241) is available for students majoring in the sciences, engineering, and mathematics. Students are required to take courses as indicated by the results of their placement examination. Students must earn grades of “C” or better in all developmental courses. Transfer students who have earned at least 24 credit hours or who have earned grades of “C” or better in the courses or course equivalents of Developmental Mathematics (MATH 106) and Freshman Composition I (ENGL 101) are exempt from taking the placement examination.