Improving Student Retention: Data, Planning, Interventions & Assessment: A 3-Part Workshop
Part I - Recorded on February 9, 2017 Part II - Recorded on February 16, 2017 Part III - Recorded on February 23, 2017
Student retention continues to challenge higher education institutions across the country. From open access colleges to the most highly selective universities, higher education professionals seek solutions to the student departure problem. This series offers a theory-based, data-centered approach to improving student retention. The initial session explores retention theory, defining retention at the local level, and the data sources need to get started. The second session outlines how to develop a comprehensive approach to improving student retention, and the series concludes with a session describing retention interventions that have proven to be effective.
Session 1: Improving Student Retention: Conceptual Frameworks & Data Needs
Session 2: Developing A Comprehensive Approach: Organizing & Resourcing For Success
Session 3: Retention Interventions That Work: Programmatic Examples & Assessment Outcomes
- Understand the conceptual frameworks guiding retention improvement in the context of organizational change
- Define student retention within the organizational context (two-year, four-year, first-year students, transfers)
- Outline the student data needed to inform initiatives aimed at improving student retention
- Examine data analysis techniques designed to describe student retention trends at the institutional level
- Understand how to organize retention efforts
- Detail the steps in developing a self-audit of retention programs
- Define the resources needed for retention improvement including example ROI calculations
- Review details of five successful retention interventions, including assessment data
- Learning communities
- Early intervention
- Supplemental Instruction
- Targeted access and success programming
- Blended instruction
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Student Services/Affairs
- Advising & Counseling
- Retention Specialists
- First Year Experience Coordinators
- Diversity Directors/Specialists
- Learning Centers
- Enrollment Services
- Any educator interested in student retention & success
Dale Tampke is Associate Vice President for University Advancement at Texas Woman's University. Dale has held a variety of administrative positions including Assistant Provost for Student Academic Services at Loyola University Chicago, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the University of North Texas, and Assistant Provost for Undergraduate Retention at Ohio University. In addition to his administrative work at Loyola, Dale has served as Clinical Professor of Education, teaching in the Higher Education area at Loyola. He has also held faculty appointments as Research Associate Professor of Counseling and Higher Education at the University of North Texas and Assistant Professor of Higher Education (affiliate) at Ohio University.
Dale presents frequently on student retention issues at conferences such as the National Symposium on Student Retention, the National Conference on the First Year Experience, ACUHO-I, and NASPA. His professional activities include service on the Advisory Board of the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, as well as involvement in the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), the Consortium for Student Retention and Data Exchange (CSRDE), National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of the First Year Experience and Students in Transition, the Journal of College and University Student Housing, and the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
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