ERIC Number: ED450294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Aug
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Student Retention Study: Implications for Counseling Psychologists in Schools.
Nelson, Judi-Lee; Hayes, Richard L.
Efforts to increase collaboration between governments, community agencies, and schools have shaped the educational agenda of the 1990s. The challenge has been how to involve university educators with their public school colleagues. Developing teacher-training programs within schools has been one approach. An initiative within the University of Georgia's School Counseling Program set out to develop a service delivery model that could incorporate the relationships found in diverse public schools. It involved collaboration with school counselors to meet student needs, development of a model school counselor preparation program, and research on the effectiveness of selected counseling practices. One such collaboration involved the University working with school officials in one district concerned about the number of students failing to graduate on time. Accurate graduation and retention rates of students and the reasons why each student dropped out or transferred were studied. Results suggest that the actual rate of student retention to graduation was barely over 40%. Supported by the data, school officials have been instrumental in changing the school environment, policies, and accounting procedures to improve the rate of retention to graduation. (Contains 79 references.) (JDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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