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Student Retention

In this tough job climate, a college degree is more important than ever. That’s why the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) is helping students who’ve put their education on hold before completing a degree—or “stopped out”—return to finish their bachelor’s degrees. Stop-outs are different from drop-outs in that they don’t want to leave school.
Grad TX aims to connect the 3 million adults over 25 in the state who have some college credit and no degree.

6/14/2016

Colleges and universities are under intense pressure to meet enrollment goals, improve retention rates, and shorten time to completion. Predictive analytics can play a crucial role in these efforts by providing insights that guide strategic decision making, improve enrollment management and promote student success.

The ways in which stakeholders across an institution—administrators, faculty and staff members—think about student success will dramatically influence how they program, intervene, and ultimately structure efforts to identify at-risk students and to help them succeed. These mental models frame an individual’s thought process relating to a particular concept and can greatly impact student success plans—in other words, influencing what we focus on and why.

2/25/2016

Nontraditional students can represent significant potential for an institution to reach enrollment goals, but this population also presents unique challenges. At Central Michigan University (CMU), administrators have addressed these challenges in innovative ways to enroll and retain a wide variety of nontraditional students, from adult learners to military personnel and veterans, leading U.S. News & World Report to rank its online division among the best programs in the nation.

It would be difficult to work in higher education and not be aware of the numerous completion initiatives that are underway nationally, all focused on increasing the number of Americans with a college credential.

The voices that usually chime in to share scalable best practices include presidents, provosts, student affairs professionals and faculty. Rarely do my peers in advancement share how we are removing attainment barriers, but the creative thinking and work of fundraising offices are fueling new gains across campuses.

Student success and improving retention rates have become high priorities in higher education. Given significant breadth in definitions, context, programming, funding, and other key factors, what is most important to consider when it comes to student success and retention efforts?

11/12/2015

A small proportion of higher education institutions in the U.S. command a majority of international student enrollment. While 108 doctorate-granting universities enroll just 11 percent of all students in the country, they enroll some 44 percent of all international students. What explains this trajectory of so many international students towards a small number of institutions?

10/29/2015

Student success and improving retention rates have become high priorities in higher education. Given significant breadth in definitions, context, programming, funding, and other key factors, what is most important to consider when it comes to student success and retention efforts?

10/20/2015

Research shows that each generation sees more value in a college education than the one before. Even with the rising cost of higher education, this next generation of college students—Generation Z—is no exception. However, Gen Z does have different preferences and expectations for learning than previous generations. Colleges and universities need to have a solid understanding of this generation in order to meet their expectations and, ultimately, enhance recruitment and retention.

The intense focus on student success has generated unprecedented pressure for improved retention and completion at institutions across the country and around the globe. At the foundation of an effective student success strategy is harnessing the right technology resources to drive results and positive outcomes.

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