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ERIC Number: ED346930
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Pages: 62
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The Development of a Retention Plan for Use at Sue Bennett College.
McLendon, Sandra F.
In 1992, a practicum was undertaken to develop a student retention plan for use at Sue Bennett College (SBC), an independent junior college located in London, Kentucky. The college had a retention rate of 33 percent between the freshman and sophmore year in 1990 which was a decline from the 62 percent in 1985. The development of the plan included a review of the literature, the solicitation of retention plans from other institutions of higher education, input from the Student Life Committee, and input from various deans, administrators, and outside experts on retention. The plan emphasized the following: (1) the development of an enrollment management plan that would help foster an environment for persistence; (2) campus-wide participation, academic integration, faculty involvement, academic tutoring, academic advising, financial aid expediency, and freshman orientation; (3) the reduction of bureaucracy in admissions and registration, increasing hours in offices, increasing commuter parking, and offering more support services; (4) creative scheduling of courses and social activities; (5) faculty mentoring, academic support, early alert systems, and child care; (6) a caring attitude on the part of the faculty and the staff; (7) a recruitment effort that emphasized retention; (8) an ongoing institutional research effort; (9) a communications effort that included faculty, staff, and students; (10) an institutional support system designed to increase student competencies; (11) an evaluative system designed to assess the effectiveness of the plan; and (12) a campus-wide delegation of retention responsibilities. A discussion of the plan's implications and further recommendations are offered. Appendixes include the SBC retention plan and an SBC financial aid plan. (JMC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Language: English
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