POSTED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 - 6:04am
New Orleans, La — Southern University at New Orleans met or exceeded each of its goals under Year One of the LA GRAD Act based on findings released by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor this month. The report also showed that SUNO has no recommendations for action to respond to and that data submitted by the University was sufficiently reliable as an indicator of meeting performance objective benchmarks. The LA GRAD (Granting Resources and Autonomy for Diplomas) Act was instituted by Governor Bobby Jindal in 2010 to give colleges and universities increased autonomy in exchange for a commitment to meet clearly defined statewide performance goals, including boosting graduation rates.
“This is certainly something that the SUNO community can be proud of”, said Chancellor Victor Ukpolo. “What these findings indicate is that Southern University at New Orleans is committed to the success of its students and this is a great foundation for us to build on. One of the most important factors was the reliability of the data that was submitted by the University. Our staff in the Office of Institutional Effectiveness should be commended for their work with the Legislative Auditors.”
The data measured was taken from the 2010-2011 school year. SUNO’s results were as follows:
• 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rate: Exceeded Goal
• 1st to 3rd Year Retention Rate: Exceeded Goal
• Same Institution Graduation Rate: Met Goal
• Change in Program Completers (Baccalaureate): Met Goal
• Change in Program Completers (Masters): Met Goal
A summary of the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s report can be found at www.lla.la.gov  in the Reports & Data section.