ERIC Number: ED414984
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Retention Strategies at an Open Enrollment Commuter College.
Gittman, Elizabeth; Plumer, Davenport
The undergraduate population at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), an open enrollment four-year commuter college, is highly vulnerable to attrition. Fifty-two percent of the students enrolled between July 1, 1991 and July 1, 1995 either did not graduate after 4 years or did not return to school. In response, the college has developed academic, counseling, and administrative approaches to improving retention. Academic approaches include required placement tests and college success classes for all incoming students; an early warning system to contact students who show signs of academic weakness; individualized and group remediation sessions; and off-site classes, convenient scheduling, and interactive video classes to make attending class as easy as possible. Counseling approaches include the availability of professional private counseling services, as well as required exit interviews with counselors for students who request to transfer financial aid to another institution. Finally, the development of an Interdisciplinary Studies major allows students to apply the maximum number of credits to a bachelor's degree, and provides another option for students on academic probation in other programs or those who have not decided what to study. A table showing graduation rates from 1989 to 1994 is attached. (BCY)
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Dropout Characteristics, Dropout Prevention, Educational Attainment, Educational Counseling, Educational Strategies, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Institutional Mission, Required Courses, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Student Characteristics, Student Placement, Technical Institutes, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York Inst. of Tech., New York.