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Transcript of Growing Retention
Growing A Student Retention Program
Noel-Levitz: 2011 Student Retention Practices Report findings. Top ranked retention practices at 2 year institutions.
1. Emphasis on teaching and learning
2. Academic support programs
3. First-year programs
4. A written academic plan/roadmap
of remaining courses needed
5. Title III or Title V funding
6. Web-based course engagement tools such as Blackboard, WebCT, etc.
7. Honors programs
8. Academic advising
9. Student life programs
10. Mandatory advising, one-on-one
and face-to-face, between
faculty and students
6. New Student Orientation
*Address diverse needs and populations
*Equip to navigate experience
*Engage and connect to community
1. Why? (What is the purpose of assessment?)
2. What? (What are the intended outcomes of assessment? What is the intended target [unit or
level] of assessment?)
3. When? (At what times in the college experience should assessment be conducted?)
4. Who? (Who will be the assessor[s]? From whom will assessment data be collected?)
5. Where? (Where will assessment data be found? In what locales will data be collected?)
6. How? (How will assessment data be analyzed and summarized? What research designs and
methodologies will be employed?)
ASSESSMENT OF THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE: SIX SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS
Joseph B. Cuseo
1. National Resource Center for FYE and Students in Transition
2. Listserv / professional discussion / ideas for FYE: http://listserv.sc.edu/cgi-bin/wa?A0=FYE-LIST
3. Noel-Levitz. (2011). 2011 student retention practices at four-year and two-year institutions.
Coralville, Iowa: Author. Retrieved from: www.noellevitz.com/BenchmarkReports.
4. ASSESSMENT OF THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE: SIX SIGNIFICANT QUESTIONS
Joseph B. Cuseo
5. The First-Year Seminar: Designing, Implementing, and Assessing Courses to Support Student Learning and Success
6. Noel-Levitz: http://blog.noellevitz.com/2012/03/08/practices-student-retention/
7. Slippery Rock University - http://www.sru.edu/studentlife/studentleadership/Pages/CCE.aspx
What is your retention plan?
What are your best practices in
New Student Orientation?
How are you assessing effectiveness?
* Goal setting
* Path development
Best practices in advising? What works? Advising models and innovations at your campus?
8. Classroom Instruction
Learning / Success / Achievement
*Interest / Demand / Need
*Sequence of courses
Clubs / Organizations
2.Campus Security and Preparedness
3.Outreach and Enrollment Services
11.Academic Support Programs
13.Psychosocial Support Programs
14.All points of contact
16.State and National Initiatives
11. Academic Support Programs
learning support services
learning style / ability accommodation
technology access and support
13. Psychosocial support Programs
How are students different?
How do your students grow?
US ED-Dale 1995 reports that 85% of students participating in HORIZON, a Purdue University based student retention program, were retained compared to only 47% of non-enrollee peers. Participants indicated that belonging to a support network, having assistance with effective study methods, and tutoring were most important to their decision not to leave school.
1. Campus Culture
What is your campus doing to promote community?
Diverse Learning Environment Survey (DLE)
Campus Culture committee
2. Campus Security
Link b/t Student satisfaction and retention
Noel-Levitz (SSI) Most significant scales:
• Campus Climate
• Instructional Effectiveness
• Responsiveness (admissions, financial aid,
Scales that magnified the Campus Climate effect:
– Safety and security
– Service provision
activities - experiences
Kuh, Kinzie, Buckley, Bridges, & Hayek, as cited in Harper & Quaye, 2009
Typically retained students will have the following characteristics or circumstances.
1.Enroll in college directly
3. Private college or university seeking a bachelor's degree.
4.Attended a high quality high school
6. Received high grades in high school
7. Scored well on standardized tests
8.The student will intend to graduate
14. All points of contact
quality of information
5. Information Services
12. Financial Resources