"Stuck in the middle with you!"
Universities frequently prioritize two groups of students for recruitment and student-success initiatives. High-achieving students are rewarded for their accomplishments through merit-based scholarships, awards, and fast-track programs that enable acceleration. Lower-achieving students are offered academic interventions such as bridge programs and supplemental instruction that aim to increase engagement and enhance retention. In 2014, Inside Higher Ed brought attention to students who complete their freshman year with a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0, typically considered neither low- nor high-achieving, but ultimately do not end up graduating