Since 1979, ACT has conducted four national surveys on “What Works in Student Retention.” While one might think that things have changed since that first survey more than 30 years ago, in reality, the results have been remarkably consistent. We know that students who learn will succeed, students who are motivated will succeed, and students who enroll in programs consistent with abilities and interests will succeed. Unfortunately, we also know that while there has been a proliferation of interventions, retention rates have remained disappointingly stagnant.
This webinar will summarize the themes of attrition and intervention strategies identified in the four surveys and build a case that success in college cannot be characterized as linear and temporal. We will also discuss the need for policy makers to understand that the current retention paradigm where students enroll, are retained, and graduate from a single institution in a reasonable amount of time is both simplistic and counter-productive.
- Review the themes of attrition and retention interventions cited in ACT’s four national surveys on student retention
- Acquire a better appreciation for the differential paths that lead to student success in college
- Provoke thoughtful consideration of how students transition from learning experience to learning experience and from institution to institution
- Be challenged to explore the question “How would we do things differently if individual student success was our effectiveness metric rather than institutional retention and graduation rates?”
- Gain further substantiation for focusing retention efforts on advising, learning assistance, and first year transition programs
- Better understand that college student success is neither confined to a single institution nor constrained by time
- 2-year institutions & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Faculty (full and part-time)
- All Student Services Staff
- Retention Specialist
- First Year Experience Coordinators