ERIC Number: ED289558
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Commitment to Student Retention: A Plan for Success. Final Report of the Retention Task Force.
A retention taskforce was established at Sinclair Community College (SCC) in Ohio to develop a plan to increase student retention. The 24-member taskforce, representing key areas within the college, worked for 15 months to prepare the plan. The plan was designed to be comprehensive, touching upon all points where the students interact with the institution and encompassing the whole continuum of experiences that students face throughout college. The plan's retention model contains four distinct phases: pre-enrollment, campus entry, enrollment, and post-enrollment. This five-part taskforce report explains the retention plan and how and why it was developed. Part I provides introductory material, which underscores the importance of retention efforts, and reviews the charge and lists the members of the taskforce. Part II presents a review of the literature, covering both student and institutional factors that affect retention. Part III describes the activities, events, projects and presentations conducted by the taskforce that led to the development of the retention plan. In part IV, the four-phase model of student retention and success is presented, and terms are defined. Finally, part V offers specific recommendations for increasing retention. Recommendations, including information on the office(s) that should be responsible for their implementation, a suggested timeframe, and anticipated benefits, are made for each phase of the model. An annotated bibliography of published retention strategies, results of a pilot study on student withdrawal, and a summary of suggestions made by retention focus groups are appended. A 50-item reference list concludes the document. (UCM)
Publication Type: Reports - General; Opinion Papers; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Sinclair Community Coll., Dayton, OH.