With more than a 100-student increase among traditional undergraduates over last fall, total student enrollment stands at an all-time high of 4,282 at CLU’s campuses from Woodland Hills to Santa Maria. In the spring semester, the University expects to add about 80 graduate students at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley.
That was when CLU brought on its first director of retention, longtime staff member Angela (Moller ’96) Naginey, M.S. ’03, to follow up on alerts from faculty members about students’ struggles with money, grades and personal or family issues.
“Nobody was going after these people in an organized way,” said Naginey, who sits down face-to-face with students whenever possible to identify the core concerns.
The following year, in 2009, CLU launched its 4 to Finish program, which guarantees graduation in four years to students who declare their majors early on and meet other responsibilities specified in a contract. Beyond the four-year limit, CLU picks up the remaining tuition and fees.