Retention 101: Student Outcomes and University Benchmarks

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Retention 101: Student Outcomes and University Benchmarks
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“Retention is a University-wide endeavor. You canít succeed at retention unless you dedicate time, attention and resources toward the issue.”
~ LaMont Rouse

The purpose of this seminar is to provide an overview of the concept of retention and how it is measured. Student retention is defined as the ability to maintain continuous enrollment of the same student for each consecutive semester until graduation. Federal standards define a successful retention-to-completion rate as 150% of normal time. In a four-year institution, this would be defined as degree completion in six years. Retention can be measured by using a cohort approach. For example, first-year, full-time students are often grouped and measured. In addition, other groups such as measuring all full-time or part-time students can be studied. Finally, some institutions may be interested in retention rates by gender.

Retention data is important for decision-making and planning and therefore this seminar should be experienced by faculty, senior-level administrators, admissions personnel and external funding agencies. The reason retention is so highly valued is because it is considered one of the core indicators of institutional effectiveness. All institutions should be studying and monitoring their retention patterns, and they must often consider the impact of their institutionís mission on retention. The dilemma of working with at-risk populations is an important consideration when dealing with this vexing issue. Can an institution be both accessible and maintain reasonably effective retention and graduation rates?

This seminar will cover several factors related to retention including special populations, early indicators of student success and the growing gender performance gap. More detailed retention rate problems include student SAT scores, graduating high school and students from low income.

Participants will:
  1. Gain a clear conceptual understanding of retention and understand how to apply it for role/responsibilities at the university.
  2. Understand the implications of retention on accreditation.
  3. Measure retention including by first-year cohort, academic year, gender, income and other factors.
  4. Learn how to read and interpret retention-related data. Simply stated, what are you trying to accomplish? What are your benchmarks?
  5. Identify the factors that lead to higher (and lower) retention rates including student preparedness, gender, income and social factors such as a first-year experience program, student mentors and campus connectivity.
  6. Learn how to compare retention data specifically to internal and external audiences.
  7. Produce a map of ongoing research strategies to measure indicators of institutional effectiveness.
  8. Learn how to use retention data to improve efficiencies across campuses.

Who Should Attend?
College Administrators, Faculty, Student Affairs and Financial Aid

Who Is The Speaker?
LaMont Rouse is an expert on retention and assessment issues and has presented at several national and regional best practice conferences as well as developing workshops for multiple organizations on these often vexing topics. Workshops that he has recently presented include Creating Your Mission Statement, Establishing Goals & Objectives, Elements of an Effective Assessment Plan, and Taskmaster: How to Get Things Done and Make People Happy. Rouse has worked with constituents across campus to understand retention issues at the college, program, and course levels. He is currently developing a retention workbook for practitioners to take an active learning approach to tackling the reasons students fail to complete their academic journey in a timely fashion. While there are several general theories on retention and student persistence, he encourages practitioners and faculty to uncover the unique variables that impact their institution.

A 2005 graduate of the Chair Academy for Leadership and Development, Rouse was identified as one of the top young rising leaders in the state of New Jersey. Previously, he was the director of institutional research, assessment and grants at Warren County Community College in Washington, New Jersey.

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