The Most Successful Student Retention Strategies
Nationally, student retention rates are declining even though investments in student success strategies and support services have been increasing on many campuses. Thus, it is important to explore the underlying factors leading to this phenomenon as well as other emerging trends impacting retention rates. This two-part webinar will cover the five critical elements of a retention framework along with constructs and principles for effective retention research, planning, implementation, and assessment.
Part 1: Elements Of The Retention Framework
- Five critical ingredients to creating and sustaining a student success culture
- A learner-centered ethos
- Top 10 retention research questions and retention metrics
- Conditions for student success
- The strategic allocation of resources
- Campus-wide engagement
Part 2: Best Practices In Student Retention
- Areas of greatest retention impact
- High-risk students
- High-risk institutional experiences
- Student communications and leveraging social media
- The first-year experience
- Early intervention models and practices
- Integrated student success model
- Developmental advising
- Other retention practices
- Review the five critical elements of a retention framework
- Explore the top 10 retention research questions and retention metrics
- Discuss constructs and principles for effective retention research, planning, implementation, and assessment
- Learn how to utilize student communications and social media to affect retention
- Understand the importance of early intervention models and practice
- 2-year & 4-year institutions
- Vice President of Academic Affairs/Instruction
- Vice President of Student Services/Affairs
- Dean of Student Services/Affairs
- First Year Experience Director & Staff
- Student Success/Retention Specialist and/or Committee
- Advising Staff
- Enrollment Services
- Marketing Staff
"The often espoused mantra that retention is everyones business, theoretically is accurate. However, this ideal seldom has deep roots on a campus. Typically, what is missing to actualize this core concept is the structural framework needed to embed it in the day-to-day life of the institution. Student success is not an array of programs and services, but rather it is a lifestyle."
The president and CEO of SEM Works, Dr. Jim Black, is an internationally recognized expert in enrollment management as well as in change management. He has published a monograph titled, Navigating Change in the New Millennium: Strategies for Enrollment Leaders, and four books, The Strategic Enrollment Management Revolution, considered to be a groundbreaking publication for the enrollment management profession, Gen Xers Return to College, Essentials of Enrollment Management: Cases in the Field, and Strategic Enrollment Intelligence. Among his other published works are numerous articles and book chapters including a feature article in College & University, Creating Customer Delight; a chapter, Creating a Student-Centered Culture, for a book on best practices in student services published by SCUP and sponsored by IBM; a chapter on enrollment management in a Jossey-Bass book on student academic services; as well as a bimonthly feature in The Greentree Gazette.
Dr. Black is the founder of the Community College Enrollment Management and Student Marketing Symposium and the National Conference on Student Retention in Small Colleges as well as cofounder of the National Small College Admissions Conference and the National Small College Enrollment Conference. He formerly served as the director of AACRAOs Strategic Enrollment Management Conference.
Black was honored as the recipient of the 2005 AACRAO Distinguished Service Award and in 2012; he was selected as the Alumnus of the Year for the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at the University of South Carolina. He has been interviewed by publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Converge Magazine, The Enrollment Management Report, The Lawlor Review, and was interviewed for AACRAOs Data Dispenser. Black also was featured in an international teleconference on enrollment management sponsored by The Center for the Freshman Year Experience at the University of South Carolina, and a PBS broadcast on Blending High Tech and High Touch Student Services. In 1999, Jim Black was named an IBM Best Practices Partner, one of only twenty-three in the world. He was invited by The College Board to Heidelberg, Germany, to evaluate the APIEL Exam and most recently was invited to lead conferences on enrollment management and student services in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Dr. Black has served on the boards of several technology companies and has consulted with companies such as Microsoft, Blackboard, and the SAS Institute. Higher education consulting clients have included over 400 two-year, four-year, public, and private institutions.
Jim earned a B.A. in English education and M.A. in higher education administration from the University of South Carolina, as well as a Ph.D. in higher education curriculum and teaching from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His doctoral experience provides our clients with unique perspectives into innovative pedagogical, curricular, and program opportunities that impact enrollment outcomes. Leveraging his educational background along with his many years as an associate provost, dean, and faculty member in a higher education environment, Dr. Black will provide your institution with strategic insights that are grounded in theory and are actionable.
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