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[February 04, 2013]

DeVry University Releases Academic Annual Report

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. --(Business Wire)--

DeVry University released today its Academic Annual Report, an overview of its academic initiatives and progress for the 2011-2012 academic year. The report provides a transparent overview of the university's academic quality measures, highlighting student enrollment and demographics as well as ongoing and new opportunities for improvement. The 2011-2012 report outlines how DeVry University is recommending institution-wide programs and success-tracking measures to help increase graduation rates. It also outlines eight new plans and 10 updates from previous reports.

"We are committed to measuring our results, implementing new ideas and documenting our improvements over time," said David J. Pauldine, president of DeVry University. "This will ensure that we are always providing our students with outstanding academics and student service."

Academic Quality

Continuous improvement of academic quality is among DeVry University's top strategic priorities. "Project Everest" is the academic-led initiative designed to help students succeed throughout their academic journey. Recommendations include simplifying the admissions process, customizing student interventions and helping students choose the right academic track. Additionally, DeVry University will strengthen transitional-studies programs and create an honors program. The university will measure success by tracking student persistence and graduation rates over time.

Scholarships and Grants

In 2011-2012, DeVry University funded 40 scholarship and grant programs, totaling more than $38 million in annual awards and benefiting more than 26,000 students. Since the university recognizes the financial responsibility many students take on to pursue their education, the Student Finance team informs them about their educational progress and borrowing limits to manage debt responsibly.

Full-Tim Faculty

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Beyond student, career and financial services, the university continuously works to strengthen its faculty. "DeVry University has a long history of offering students the benefit of studying with part-time faculty members who are talented practitioners in their fields of expertise. We believe it is important that we continue to develop a strong core of full-time, highly credentialed faculty; having more full-time faculty on staff will improve our student outcomes by boosting the amount and quality of faculty time and attention available to students," said Dr. Donna Loraine, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Other Improvements

The 2011-2012 report identifies new opportunities for improvement, including:

  • Launching the College of Continuing Education to serve a broader student population
  • Establishing an honors program to boost students' learning and engagement
  • Evaluating new identity-authentication products to verify students' identities for online courses

Commitment to academic quality, student services and improving graduation rates are some of the areas the university continues to improve and grow. At a time of continued economic uncertainty, DeVry University provides students with high-quality, career-oriented degree programs that prepare students for the new global economy.

To read the full 2011-2012 DeVry University Academic Annual Report, visit: http://newsroom.devry.edu.

About DeVry University

Founded in 1931, DeVry University is one of the largest, private sector universities in North America, with more than 74,000 students enrolled in the United States and Canada. The university's mission is to foster student learning through high-quality, career-oriented education integrating technology, business, science and the arts. With more than 90 locations, DeVry University delivers practitioner-oriented undergraduate and graduate degree programs onsite and online that meet the needs of a diverse and geographically dispersed student population. Home to five colleges of study, including Business & Management, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, DeVry University's outstanding faculty members, work in the fields that they teach, providing students with real-world experiences that prepare them for high-growth careers.

DeVry University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org. DeVry University, a part of DeVry Inc. (NYSE: DV), is based in Downers Grove, Ill. For more information about DeVry University, find us on Twitter @DeVryUniv, Facebook (News - Alert) /DEVRYUNIVERSITY or visit newsroom.devry.edu.


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