CAD 770 Individual Project Student # 0183 Dr. Varner
Cultural and Financial Forces Affect Students Encourage students to develop skills, independence, and competence Difficult to Ascertain Institutions with poor retention do not publicize data
Validation Make Students Feel That Their Education is Worthwhile and Valuable Departmental e-newsletters, campus Web sites, letters, personal interaction with students Mentoring Some students need conversation beyond coursework advising Offer constructive suggestions and encouragement Academic advisors should really get involved with their students by listening and setting goals and expectations and offer encouraging words Recognition and Celebration Publicly recognize student achievements with tweets, departmental newsletters, emails, local media coverage
Give Students A Voice Invite them to become ambassadors for their school Have students speak to new or prospective students and share with them their struggles and successesPracticality Allow students to work on assignments relevant to today’s worldA Culture of Success Create a positive environment Sponsor lectures with local community business leaders Host campus mixers Publicly recognize school’s accomplishments
Provide Resources Provide web links to mental health support groups on and off campus, counseling centers, health clinics, hotlines; such as ULifeline, Freedom From Fear Offer job advice Provide forums for students and faculty to contribute success stories Use electronic student newsletters Twitter
Support Make students feel that everyone is involved in their successful completion of an education For example: financial aid offices – create more payment options Positivity All personnel on campus including physical plant personnel, housekeeping, secretaries communicate with students by speaking and smiling when meeting themCardona, A (2009, April 24). Eight ways to retain students in a tough economy. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Eight-Ways-to-Retain-Studen/5437/
Conducted by The College Board Study on Student Retention, Project on Academic Success at Indiana University at Bloomington, and the Center for Enrollment, Research, Policy, and Practice (University of California) N=442 Respondents Results Three-fourths had designated retention director More commuter colleges than residential ones had retention directors Sixty three percent had retention committee Two-thirds reported coordinator had authority to carry out some projects One-third reported coordinator had some budget authority to finance new initiatives Ninety percent reported more than half of first year students participated in orientationSupiano, B. (2009, November 1). Colleges move to organize their retention efforts. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Colleges-Move-to-Organize-R/4899/
Two things in common Administrators and faculty are focused on making progress Programs are geared toward helping students on an individual basis
Report by Southern Regional Education BoardFifteen public four year universities that enroll large numbers of low income students improved their grad rates. Efforts used by the participants in report Training for faculty to improve student advising First year experience programs Early alert programs help advisors identify students who might drop out First Year Leader Program used by Murray State - upperclassmen help freshmen adjust to campus life (anchoring program) Variety of other initiatives that work such as faculty and community involvementFuller, A. (2010, April 14). Improving college completion in the South, one student at a time. The Chronicle of Higher Education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Improving-College-Completio/65049/
Address the problem of student departure as early as possible Concentrate efforts ◦ On admissions ◦ Early educational assessment ◦ Academic assistance ◦ Orientations ◦ Programs that focus on the student’s first year on campusTinto, V. (1987, November). The Principles of Effective Retention. Paper presented at the Fall Conference of the Maryland Personnel Association, Largo, MD.
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