ERIC Number: ED355499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
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A Holistic Approach to Student Retention.
Bogart, Martha; Hirshberg, Ruth
Ranken Technical College, a small, private, non-profit, two-year technical college in St. Louis, developed a plan whereby at-risk students would be flagged, their needs assessed, and programs put into place to meet those needs. The desired result was a higher retention rate, especially among minorities. The following components were found to be essential to the drop-out prevention program: (1) an extended orientation; (2) a freshman survival course; (3) identification of at-risk students; (4) assessment of at-risk students; (5) specific prescriptions for remediation of weaknesses; (6) collaboration among faculty, staff, and administration; (7) immediate, consistent, and on-going feedback among Learning Resource Center specialists, faculty, tutors and students, and, when necessary, administration and staff; (8) the ability to respond immediately to perceived trends; and (9) the flexibility to make ongoing changes in the program itself. The entire program works because the whole college is involved in the effort. A community of relationships and bonds for the students have been created for the students. (RS)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Dropout Prevention, High Risk Students, Holistic Approach, Potential Dropouts, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Holding Power, Study Skills, Technical Institutes, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Ranken Technical College, 4431 Finney Ave., St Louis, MO 63113 (free).
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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