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Retention outcomes

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Research into retention outcomes of three retention programs at Seattle University. The Investing in Student Success Cost Calculator, developed by the Delta Project on Postsecondary Success and Jobs for the Future, formed the foundation of this study.

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Retention outcomes

  1. 1. Retention Outcomes Measuring the Impact and Cost ofRetention Programs at Seattle University
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  3. 3. Average Debt of Bachelor Degree Graduatesin Washington, Private Non-Profit Institutions http://college-insight.org/
  4. 4. Benefits of Higher Education (not a comprehensive list)Student – Reap benefitsan advanced degreebringsInstitution - Fulfillmentof educational missionNation - Informed andcompetitive citizenry
  5. 5. Attrition Consequences (not a comprehensive list)Student – Loss of resourcesinvested and potential futureearning gainsInstitution - Loss of resourcesinvested in scholarships andgrantsNation - In 2007, loss of $1.37billion in student aid money(Schneider, 2010)
  6. 6. Retention Programs
  7. 7. Impact?Cost?
  8. 8. Important Questions!• How does the program impact retention rates?• How efficiently does the program use institutional dollars in retaining students?
  9. 9. Investing in Student Success Cost Return CalculatorJobs for the Future and the Delta Project on PostSecondary Cost, Productivity andAffordability (2009)
  10. 10. Definitions• Retention: Did student come back for Year 2? – Year 1 = Year participated in retention program – Year 2 = The following academic year• Control Group: Students who were not enrolled in a retention program and had similar high school GPAs
  11. 11. Category 2006 2007 2008 2009 4 Year AvgNumber of FTE students 84 31 36 39 48One Year Retention Rate for program 95% 90% 89% 97% 93%participantsNumber of participating students retained 80 28 32 38 45One-year retention rate for comparison 89% 88% 89% 88% 89%group of students not participating inprogramNumber of participating students retained 75 27 32.0 34.3 42when using the retention rate of comparisongroupAdditional number of students retained that 5.2 0.7 0.0 3.7 2.4may be associated with participation in theprogramNet tuition and state/local appropriations $ 14,673.00 $ 15,851.00 $ 16,480.00 $ 17,574.00 $ 16,144.50revenue per FTE studentTotal net tuition and state/local $ 76,886.52 $ $ (659.20) $ 64,672.32 $ 38,078.09appropriations revenue from additionalstudents retained 11,412.72Total program expenses per FTE student $ 1,481.03 $ 1,536.38 $ 1,761.62 $ 1,465.54 $ 1,561.14(including estimated indirect costs)Total Program expenses $ 124,406.52 $ 47,627.78 $ 63,418.32 $ 57,156.06 $ 73,152.17Net earnings from additional students $ (47,520.00) $(36,215.06) $ (64,077.52) $ 7,516.26 $ (35,074.08)retainedPercentage of program expenses recouped 62% 24% -1% 113% 49%by retaining participating students

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