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The Habit of Retention

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In today’s higher education climate of low-enrollment, shrinking government funding, and higher expectations from “students as customers,” the focus on retention is relevant. However, with all the “talk” on retention, do we know how to “do” retention? Let’s examine a few of the research supported practices on retention and discuss the specifics of how faculty, administrators and counselors perform retention strategies. Is retention something extra that we have to do, or can we make it a habit that is integrated into our standard operating procedures?

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The Habit of Retention

  1. 1. The Habit of Retention
  2. 2. Agenda • Discuss the “R” word (and other dirty words) • Review research supported strategies • Operationalize the strategies
  3. 3. Retention CC By: Qwerpy5485, Fab Unicorn
  4. 4. Completion Image: Matt Slocum/Associated Press
  5. 5. Persistence Image: tonyinspirationaltalk.com
  6. 6. Habit CC By: Wilson Dias, Abr Derivative by Keraunoscopia
  7. 7. So What? • It justifies our existence • Financially necessary • A societal expectation • You might just like it!
  8. 8. Image: Pinterest Why Me?
  9. 9. Jone’s Community College Retention Model
  10. 10. Institutional Characteristics • Integrate career and academic advising • Improve student orientation • Reassess Early Alert impact • Provide a “My Learning Plan” tool for students • Positive interactions with support personnel • Reconsider teaching assignments • Class right-sizing and program structure
  11. 11. Academic Integration • Faculty course related interactions • Buddy-system in class • Faculty competency • Explicit expectations for involvement • Active learning strategies • Solicit course perceptions while class is in progress • Provide student decision making with respect to course • Relate coursework to student’s life purpose
  12. 12. Social Integration • Peer study groups • Awareness of social stigma and diversity issues • Social network identification • College social opportunities • Frontload assistance and support opportunities • Faculty/Student interactions
  13. 13. References Abu, S., Adera, B., Kamsani, S. R., & Ametepee, L. K. (2012). Addressing the increasing college student Attrition Rate by Creating Effectively Classroom Interaction. Review Of Higher Education & Self-Learning, 5(16), 16-25. Arnold, A. (1999). Retention and Persistence in Postsecondary Education. Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation. Bean, J. P. “Nine Themes of College Student Retention.” In A. Seidman (ed.), College Student Retention. Westport, Conn.: Praeger, 2005. Braxton, J. M. (2008). Toward a scholarship of practice centered on college student retention. New Directions For Teaching & Learning, 2008(115), 101-112. doi:10.1002/tl.328 Consolo, K. (2009). Classroom Methods that Promote Student Retention and Learning. AURCO Journal, 1561-69. Cuseo. (n.d.) The Role of College Faculty in Promoting Student Retention Instructional Strategies for Reducing Student Attrition. Demaris Kritsonis. (2008). The Classroom: Exploring its Effects on Student Persistence and Satisfaction . Focus on Colleges, Universities and Schools 2 (1). Eagan, M. K., & Jaeger, A. J. (2008). Closing the gate: Part-Time faculty instruction in gatekeeper courses and first-year persistence. New Directions For Teaching & Learning, 2008(115), 39-53. Hagedorn (n.d.) How to define retention: A New Look at an Old Problem Transfer and Retention of Urban Community College Students Project Hongwei, Y. (2015). Student retention at two-year community colleges: A structural equation modeling approach. International Journal Of Continuing Education & Lifelong Learning, 8(1), 85-101. Jones, R. (2008). Student Retention and success: A synthesis of research. Retrieved from http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/EvidenceNet/Syntheses/wp_retention_ synthesis_for_pdf_updated_090310.pdf McArthur, R. C. (2005). Faculty -- Based Advising: An Important Factor in Community College Retention. Community College Review, 32(4), 1-19. Mertes, S. J., & Jankoviak, M. W. (2016). Creating a College-Wide Retention Program: A Mixed Methods Approach. Community College Enterprise, 22(1), 9-27. Pattengale (2010) What Faculty Members Need to Know About Retention. Magna. Umbach & Wawrzynski. ( 2004). Faculty do matter: the role of college faculty in student learning and engagement. Research in Higher Education 46 (2), 153-184.

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