ERIC Number: ED197635
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
What Works in Student Retention: The Report of a Joint Project of the American College Testing Program and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.
Beal, Philip E.; Noel, Lee
Retention research and action programs are reviewed, and findings from the 1979 national survey entitled "What Works in Student Retention" (WWISR) are examined. The WWISR survey was designed to identify, analyze, and compile information about campus efforts to improve student retention in higher education. Questionnaires on retention were analyzed for 947 institutions, along with 1,024 activity report forms from these schools. Multiple-action programs were found to be the most successful. Three general areas of concern are identified: (1) academic stimulations and assistance; (2) personal future building by helping student to clarify their goals and directions; (3) involvement experiences directed at students. Among the types of retention activities, for which examples are provided, are the following: faculty awareness and development activities, career assistance programs, learning support centers and activities, expanded orientation activities, peer programs, and academic advising. Specific target groups to which action programs may be directed are high-risk and/or low academic performing students, new students, students who are undecided about majors and careers, and women and adult students. Suggestions are offered regarding administrative arrangements, agendas for action; research priorities, and programs for survey forms, and lists of positive and negative campus characteristics, potential dropout characteristics, and additional action program information. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Students, Ancillary School Services, College Students, Comparative Analysis, Dropout Prevention, Educational Counseling, Faculty Development, Females, Higher Education, Institutional Characteristics, National Surveys, Nontraditional Students, Peer Teaching, Potential Dropouts, Questionnaires, School Holding Power, School Orientation, Student College Relationship, Teacher Attitudes
American College Testing Program, P.O. Box 168, Iowa City, IA 52243.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Higher Education Management Systems, Boulder, CO.; American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA.
Note: For related document see ED 180 348. Light print may be marginally legible.