Data is a critical piece of the puzzle for student retention efforts in higher education. Without it, administrators and faculty have a difficult time assessing the persistence landscape at their college or university, supporting proposals for institutional change, and evaluating initiatives meant to improve student success. However, with the plethora of data available in today’s technologically advanced society, many schools are at a loss when it comes to knowing what to look for, where to find it, or how to use it (Lillibridge, 2008).
Retention experts in the field, Daniel W. McDevitt, Director of Student Success & First Year Experience and Kimberly M. Allen-Stuck, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President of Student Success & Educational Support at Saint Joseph's University share best practices regarding data collection and analysis that can be utilized to improve overall student retention and graduation in the latest Learn Forward eBook:
Student Retention: Data in Action
This eBook is designed to provide senior leadership and retention professionals with clear directives on how best to collect, track, and share valuable data in order to lead to the most data-informed decisions. Because, knowing the data leads to thoughtful decisions and intentional actions and sharing the data helps bring the university community on board in an effort to improve student success and persistence to graduation.
By following the data collection and analysis best practices in this eBook and tailoring them to fit the specific needs of your institution, retention efforts on your campus are certain to advance.
Want more info on student retention best practices? Watch the webinar From Scratch: The 4 Ingredients for Increasing Student Persistence presented by the authors of this eBook. This recording covers the lessons learned from a start-up Student Success Office that was able to increase first year retention from 85.5% to 89% and graduation rates from 77% to 79% within 5 years. The authors also cover the essential data required for developing a retention strategic plan and the importance of outreach to individual students and cross campus collaboration.
So, read the eBook and watch the webinar today and share with your colleagues. And, as always, let us know what you think @LearnForwardHE.
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This eBook is part of the Learn Forward, Foundation of Retention Series.
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