ERIC Number: ED313075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Focusing on Retention: A Commitment to Student Success. A Resource Manual for Alabama State Community, Junior, and Technical Colleges.
Cantrell, Betsy J., Ed.
Drawing from a review of the literature, input from experts on student retention, and the opinions of educators throughout Alabama, this manual provides guidelines for conducting institutional research on retention, implementing programs to enhance the quality of the educational experiences of two-year college students in the state, and developing effective retention programs. Chapter 1 discusses the purposes of the Alabama student retention effort, which involved the formation of a task force to study retention efforts at individual colleges and collaborate in the promotion of programs and practices that account for high student success rates. Chapter 2 traces the activities of the task force, the establishment of retention as a management priority, the design of the self-study process, and the methodologies used by pilot institutions in retention self-studies. Chapter 3 recommends strategies and tactics to retain students in the phases of pre-enrollment, college entry, and enrollment, and to gather follow-up data after they leave the college. Finally, chapter 4 presents conclusions and recommendations of the Alabama State Task Force on Retention. A course and program placement student profile form and a 40-item bibliography are appended. (JMC)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Alabama State Dept. of Postsecondary Education, Montgomery.
Identifiers - Location: Alabama