ERIC Number: ED188721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
A Practitioner's Guide to Student Retention: A College-Wide Responsibility.
Farmer, John E.
The introductory material to this student retention manual focuses on the legal responsibility of Florida community colleges with regard to retention, and on data collection for program planning, factors that affect retention, accountability, and the essentials of a retention program. The remainder of the manual is presented as a checklist of potential ideas to be explored in establishing a student retention program. A section of questions identifying essential student information precedes checklists of typical student needs and criteria for the evaluation of retention research. The next section of the manual considers retention and college programs in terms of: administrative understanding of and commitment to the retention program; course scheduling; the faculty; student services (e.g., financial aid, job placement, counseling, advising, career planning, admissions, and registration); community relations; library resources; the business office; the support staff; and the security office. Institutional policies are discussed next, and questions are presented to help colleges evaluate their admissions, placement, transfer, grading, withdrawal, and appeals policies. The influence of student goals on persistence and typical dropout behavior are described to help identify potential dropouts before they withdraw. The final section lists considerations for in-service training programs. (AYC)
Descriptors: Administrative Policy, Community Colleges, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Dropouts, Evaluation Criteria, Information Needs, Legal Responsibility, Potential Dropouts, Program Development, School Holding Power, Self Evaluation (Groups), Staff Development, Student College Relationship, Student Educational Objectives, Student Personnel Services, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Florida State Dept. of Education, Tallahassee.