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Schools try to increase enrollment and graduation rates, but show low retention rates

Solutions:

Increase on-campus housing

Create more 3 year major tracks (instead of the 4 year track)

Outreach/Student involvement programs

Orientation Classes

School focus more on enrollment and recruitment than retention

Problem: Retention VS. Enrollment + Recruitment

Initial Responses

From colleagues

From people outside higher ed.

Researching similar issues around the country shows freshman to sophomore year attrition rates average 32% nationally (Raymundo, 2003).

"The major problem with the graduation rate as a measure is that it is usually a misleading indicator of an institution's capacity to retain its students" (Astin, 2004)

Belmont University has created a full-time professional position to “enhance the quality of the undergraduate experience, particularly as it pertains to sophomores" (“Jobs: director of,” 2011).

Potential outcomes

Increased interest in retention procedures and initiatives

Increased graduation rates due to the increased retention rates

Increased school rating because of the increased graduation rates

Increased enrollment due to increase alumni support and school ratings

Data to support outcomes

Less years to retain

Decreases cost

First-Year Experience Course

Second-Year Experience Course

References:

Astin, A.W. (2004, October 4). To use graduation rates to measure excelence, you have to do your homework. The chronicle of higher education, 51(9), Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/To-Use-Graduation-Rates-to/27636/

Geraghty, M. (1996, July 19). Data show more students quitting college before sophomore year: many institutions are trying to help their freshman adjust to campus life. The chronicle of higher education. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/article/Data-Show-More-Students/94032/

Jobs: director of sophomore year experience at belmont university. (2011, March 23). Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/jobs/0000674181-01

Marty Nemko. (2008, June 9). Still need to improve retention? [Web log comment]. Retrieved from http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/still-need-to-improve-retention/6018

Raymundo, J.C. (2003). The effects of an abbreviated freshman year seminar program on student retention and student academic performance. Research for educational reform, 8(2), (pp46-55). Retrieved from EBSCOhost.