ERIC Number: ED347928
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
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What Works in Student Retention in State Colleges and Universities.
Cowart, Susan Cooper
This report presents the results of a survey of member institutions of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) concerning administration views on student retention, and student retention and attrition and campus responses to this problem. Retention Activity Reports for each responding institution (N=183) are provided. Each activity report lists the target group, the retention activity, impacts on both the target group and institution, and initiation of action. Among the survey's findings are the following: (1) almost all member institutions had implemented programs or have been engaged in activities during the 1980s aimed at increasing retention; (2) entering (new) students remain the most frequently mentioned target group for retention activities; (3) problems most often encountered by AASCU institutions involved in retention activities are the same as those reported in the 1979 survey, but a higher percentage of AASCU institutions identify with each of the problems or retention inhibitors than was the case for four-year public institutions in the previous survey; and (4) AASCU respondents to this retention survey rate the importance of positive factors on their campuses, those associated with greater retention, in just about the same relative order as respondents from the four-year public institutions in the 1979 survey. Appendices include the survey instrument. (GLR)
Publication Type: Reports - General
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Authoring Institution: American Coll. Testing Program, Iowa City, IA. National Center for the Advancement of Educational Practices.; American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Washington, DC.