ERIC Number: ED200178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
The Retention Committee, University of Pittsburgh. A Report to the Provost.
Nossen, Robert, Ed.
Studies by task forces of the University of Pittsburgh's Retention Committee, which identified problem areas and offered suggestions to increase student retention, are described. The Task Force on Student/Faculty Relationships studied existing files of complaints from students and surveyed students on their experiences with faculty members. Complaints about faculty included: lack of commitment to the teaching task, inaccessibility to students, and poor teaching skills. The Task Force on Advisement recommended drafting a policy statement concerning advisement that would specify guidelines, advisor/advisee ratios, and other needs. The Task Force on the Freshman Year offered suggestions regarding initial contacts with the university, adjustments to the university, academic skills program, and other areas. The Task Force on Commuter Concerns addressed the needs of commuters of the traditional college age group and made recommendations concerning academic and related support areas, information access, and student activities. The Task Force on Minorities obtained information regarding undergraduate minority student retention from schools within the university and identified concerns within environmental, sociocultural, and cognitive/affective domains. The Task Force on Physical Environment studied student perceptions of the university's physical environment, which was defined in terms of its academic and nonacademic facilities and its general ambiance. Appended materials include student comments concerning faculty, and a sample faculty relations questionnaire. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Advisory Committees, College Environment, College Freshmen, College Students, Commuting Students, Educational Counseling, Educational Facilities, Faculty Advisers, Higher Education, Information Needs, Institutional Research, Minority Groups, Physical Environment, Policy Formation, Position Papers, School Holding Power, Student Adjustment, Student Attrition, Student Needs, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Behavior
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA.