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Boosting graduation rates

Navigation Advising

Advising at State Fair Community College in Missouri begins not just when students enroll, but before they even apply.

State Fair sends staffers from its Navigation Advising program to high schools to discuss how to be a college student. These visits aren’t about recruitment, but a chance to explain the college application process, financial aid and advising, among other topics.

Actionable Intelligence

When the governor says his goal is to graduate 250,000 more students by 2020 and that your university needs to play a major role, any higher ed leader would sit up and take notice. As part of the statewide Complete College Georgia program, Valdosta State University committed to improving its own retention rate, which was 66 percent in 2011.

Sam Houston Establishing Leadership In and Through Education

When Miguel Arellano Arriaga talks about Sam Houston’s Establishing Leadership In and Through Education program, his perspective is multifaceted. Arellano Arriaga, the coordinator of “SH ELITE” at the Texas university, also went through the program as an undergraduate at Sam Houston.

“It definitely was eye-opening,” he says. “They talk to you about college in high school and they tell you a little bit about what it’s going to be about, but you really don’t know until you get here.”

Drop Rate Improvement Program

Many initiatives targeted at reducing student dropout rates look at factors such as ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status to explain academic underperformance—and then the institution develops programs to help boost graduation rates within the at-risk categories.

Coyote First STEP

With just 1,400 beds serving a student population of 19,000, California State University, San Bernardino, is the classic commuter campus. As part of a transition to a stronger on-campus student experience, officials have launched a residential-life initiative to provide math preparation and engage students in campus life before they even begin taking classes.

Project Success

Five years ago, William Rainey Harper College in Illinois joined Achieving the Dream, an organization composed of community colleges committed to helping students complete their education. The partnership gave the college a framework and a new focus: student success and completion.r

SIUE 1st

Officials at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville recently turned their retention attention to persistence and graduation rates of specific groups of students. Students at greater risk of dropping out had some common characteristics, including greater financial need, being academically underprepared and being the first in their families to attend college.

Comprehensive Student Support Program

Student retention has been a focus at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York for several years. Administrators had routinely monitored the performance of students who were deemed “at-risk”—those who had been conditionally admitted, had relatively low high school grades and SAT scores, or who were enrolled in a major with a higher-than-average percentage of struggling students.

African-American Male Student Success

The need to act was undeniable when officials at Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina faced retention and graduation rates that were substantially lower for African-American males than for white males.

Success Connect

The size of the freshman class at the University of South Carolina has doubled in the last 10 years, from 2,500 to 5,000-plus, making it increasingly more challenging for students to develop one-on-one relationships with faculty and staff.

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