ERIC Number: ED356811
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-May-18
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Developing a Statewide Retention Plan.
Howard, R. Keith; Tully, Richard B.
The Indiana Vocational Technical College (IVTC) is a state-supported two-year college with 22 campuses across Indiana. In January 1992, as part of a college-wide effort to improve institutional effectiveness, an eight-member Retention Committee (RC) was established, consisting of executive and instructional deans; directors of student services; directors of planning, research, and student relations; a registrar; and a staff person. The RC was designed to review current IVTC retention policies, collect baseline statistics on regional and institutional retention, and visit selected institutions with exemplary retention programs. After reviewing the literature on retention and tracking systems, the committee developed a two-step student cohort tracking system and solicited information on retention activities at individual IVTC campuses. In addition, RC members visited four two-year campuses in other states which had innovative retention programs. Following the site visits, a list of retention terms and activities was developed and sent to IVTC campus administrators for review and use in identifying and improving retention activities. Among the RC's findings and recommendations were the following: (1) successful retention efforts must have top-level administrative support; (2) IVTC non-persistence rates appeared comparable to the national average; (3) early warning systems at IVTC are too often informal or uncoordinated; (4) many IVTC faculty and staff orientations do not include a special emphasis on retention; (5) retention committees should be established at each IVTC campus; (6) a fund for innovative retention programs should be created; and (7) a college-wide course/ class/instructor evaluation system should be implemented. (PAA)
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