But in the case of Winston-Salem State University, reduced enrollment was part of a deliberate strategy to improve performance and graduation rates – and a remarkable success story.
WSSU’s freshman retention rate improved from 65% in 2007 to more than 80% by 2012. And even though enrollment shrank by about 1,000 students, from roughly 6,000 to 5,000, it began producing more graduates both in percentage terms and absolute numbers.
“In 2007 we graduated 824 students. Last May (2014) almost 1,600 students received degrees,” Reaves said as he shared his parting thoughts.2
So even with fewer students, Winston-Salem State produces nearly twice as many graduates.http://www.higheredworksfoundation.org/2016/07/success-story-at-wssu/