Improving Student Retention
Wren Mills, Instructional Coordinator, FaCET
Retention of students through to graduation is on the priority list of most institutions today. One question that rises in reference to it is who is responsible for retaining students? Does this rest within Academic Affairs or Student Affairs? With certain individuals? One might also wonder what can be done at the individual level, as an instructor, to help improve a student's chances of success.
In this seminar, we will discuss and add to ideas gained from a September 2011 conference that I attended using TRF Funds from FaCET (http://www.wku.edu/teaching/trfform.php). The conference was titled "Retaining Students in Online Education" and was sponsored by Academic Impressions and focused on retaining students in online education, but many of the ideas are applicable to all students.
We will cover suggestions about:
- Who is responsible for student retention?
- What resources should we provide to students to improve student retention?
- What can the university do to help faculty to improve retention?
- What role does an individual faculty member have in student retention?
- What you do about/for retention?
Ideas shared are from Mark Parker, University of Maryland University College; Kristen Betts, Armstrong State University; and Donald Staub, Carteret Community College. I have provided their ideas and added in what I have discovered WKU does in reference to their ideas. My hope is that as a group, we can add to this list of what can be done to improve student retention as well as discuss a few questions related to the information shared. This will, therefore, be a "living seminar" that continues to grow and evolve with time.
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