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ERIC Number: ED180348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
What Works in Student Retention. A Preliminary Summary of a National Survey Conducted Jointly by The American College Testing Program and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
Beal, Philip E.; Noel, Lee
A preliminary summary is presented of a national survey, entitled "What Works in Student Retention," conducted in spring 1979 by the American College Testing (ACT) Program and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems. The purpose of the survey was to identify, analyze, and compile information about campus action programs and efforts for improving student retention in higher education. Of the 1,600 participating institutions, 879 returns were processed for this summary. Institutional data and other information not included on the questionnaire were retrieved from ACT Institutional Data Questionnaire files and matched with the survey returns. Tables are included on: retention and graduation information by type of institution; campus attrition/retention studies and analyses by type of institution; most important factors influencing student retention; negative campus characteristics by type of institution; dropout-prone characteristics by type of institution; information on campus organization for retention by type of institution; titles of retention coordinator and respondent, specific action programs by type of institution, target groups for retention strategies by type of institution; major action program categories by type of institution; success indexes of action programs by type of institution; and target groups and action programs by retention impact index and general impact index. A sample questionnaire and an outline of the contents of the final report on the survey are included. (SW)
Descriptors: College Attendance, College Programs, College Students, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Higher Education, National Surveys, Persistence, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, Student Attrition
ACT National Center for Educational Conferences, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, Iowa 52243
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.