Best Practices for Creating & Facilitating a Retention Committee

Best Practices for Creating & Facilitating a Retention Committee

Emily Siegel

Associate Director, Office of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Campus Labs

Over the last decade, higher education has come under increased pressure to focus on student success and retention. In response, institutions across the country have created or revitalized their retention committees or councils. These committees have a unique opportunity to enact powerful change and institutional transformation. But to do so, the committee must have a clear purpose, proper authority, resources, and the right people around the table.

Whether building a committee from scratch or redesigning an existing one, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. In our latest eBook for the Foundations of Retention series, we’ve outlined best practices and considerations for setting up and facilitating a retention committee so your time together is purposeful, intentional, and most importantly, has a meaningful impact on student success and retention.

Best Practices for Creating & Facilitating a Retention Committee

As with all retention efforts, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and no magic answers. What keeps students enrolled at one institution may not work at your school. However, through the strategic efforts of your committee (new or revamped!), you’ll begin to tease out those particular issues, and can start to make the necessary changes.

So, read the eBook and share with your colleagues. And, as always, let us know what you think @LearnForwardHE.

Finally, Don't Forget To Earn Your Foundations of Retention Badge!

By watching a minimum of 8 webinars and reading a minimum of 2 eBooks, participants can fill out a reflection form to be awarded a badge which allows you to gain recognition for your professional development, and display them to potential employers, colleagues and your online community.

This eBook is part of the Learn Forward, Foundation of Retention Series.
Access all webinars, eBooks, and blogposts in the series here.

Emily Siegel

Associate Director, Office of Research & Strategic Initiatives, Campus Labs

Dallas, TX