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Student Retention: Identifying Root Causes and Systemic Solutions for Reducing Student Attrition (EDUD63W)

Presented by: Joe Cuseo
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Promoting College Completion Rate – Identifying Major Reasons for High Student Dropout Rates

College graduation is becoming a critical, if not the critical measure of both student and institutional success. The United States has one of the highest college-going rates in the world, yet its college completion rates (both 2-year and 4-year) rank near the bottom half of all industrialized nations. Less than 40% of first-time, full-time bachelor’s degree-seeking students in the nation’s four-year colleges graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years and less than 60% percent graduate within six years. For students who attend college part-time, the completion rate is even lower: less than 25% graduate within eight years. If this trend continues, the current college-age generation will be the first in U.S. history to be less educated than its parents.

Efforts to promote student retention and degree completion not only benefit students and the nation; they also benefit colleges and universities. It’s estimated that the cost of retaining an already enrolled student is 3-5 times higher than recruiting a new student. Revenue garnered from a modest increase in additional tuition-paying and fee-generating students may contribute significantly to the institutional budget, particularly at institutions whose operational budgets are heavily tuition dependent, such as private colleges and universities; even public postsecondary institutions are also becoming increasingly more tuition dependent because of declining federal and state funding for higher education.

Contrary to the common belief, most students neither simply “flunk out,” nor are they “forced out” because of poor grades. Instead, attrition is a more complex process that involves multiple underlying factors. This program will attempt to unearth and understand how these multiple factors work, both singularly and collectively, to trigger student withdrawal. Specific retention strategies will be provided for addressing these sources of attrition in a systematic and systemic manner.

This webinar by expert speaker Joe Cuseo will share the best ways for promoting student retention and college completion. You will be equipped with a common language for understanding student attrition that can be used by all members of the campus community to promote student retention and persistence to graduation. You will also receive detailed supplementary materials that support ideas shared during the program, as well as manuscripts containing additional scholarship and strategies related to the program topic.

Session Highlights

Effective retention initiatives begin with diagnostic (baseline) assessment designed to answer the following questions:

  • How many students are leaving? (What number or percentage of matriculating students leave before completing a degree or program of study?)
  • Who are leaving? (What particular student groups are most “at risk” for attrition?)
  • When are students leaving? (What year/term of their college experience do they depart)?
  • Where are students leaving from? (What departments, majors, and programs)?
  • Where are the departing students going? (To other majors within the college? To other colleges? Leaving higher education altogether?)
  • Why are students leaving? (What are the root causes or reasons for their departure?)

This webinar will provide strategies for addressing each of these questions. It will also examine just how campuses can address these seven sources of attrition, both in terms of what they should start or stop doing.

Who should attend

Anyone on campus who is interested in promoting retention and college completion. Ideas presented will be relevant to:

  • Academic affairs and student affairs administrators
  • Instructional faculty
  • Academic advisors
  • Learning support professionals
  • Student development (student service) professionals
About Our Speaker(s)

Joe Cuseo | Student Success &  Retention SpeakerJoe Cuseo
Joe Cuseo holds a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology and Assessment from the University of Iowa and is Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Marymount College (California)-where for more than 25 years he directed the first-year seminar-a core course required of all new students.  He is a 14-time recipient of the ... More info

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