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Student Retention

Hardly a day goes by without a college announcing jobs, programs, or spending cuts. You would think with all the brainpower at our colleges and universities they would be able to come up with better solutions than lopping off people, sections and services to students. But they don’t seem to. Why not?

 

Community college leaders already know to expect some students will drop out in the first few weeks of the semester. The Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE) can help them figure out why.

 

THE EROSION WAS SO gradual that many of us failed to notice until great damage had already been done.

 

For students at Sam Houston State University, a slim wallet-size card is the key to getting financial aid refunds, a paycheck from a campus job, access to the dorm, a good book , a good meal and more.

Student retention is one of the most important issues facing higher education today. With one-third of college students dropping out of school each year, it's a topic universities across the country have noticed, but few have found a workable solution to the problem. Admissions offices are already stretched to the breaking point, budgets are tight across the board, and developing and instituting a feasible student retention program can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

 

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