ERIC Number: ED470255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the Oklahoma Higher Education Task Force on Student Retention.
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education appointed the Oklahoma Higher Education Task Force on Student Retention and charged the Task Force to: (1) review Oklahoma and national data on student attrition; (2) identify factors that contribute to student persistence in college; and (3) recommend specific initiatives to increase student retention and graduation. The Task Force used data from many sources in studying these aspects of higher education. Comparison of state and national persistence rates shows that freshman persistence at Oklahoma's comprehensive universities and two-year colleges is similar to, or better than, national peer institutions, but freshman persistence in Oklahoma's regional universities is significantly lower than national peer rates. Findings make it clear that Oklahoma college students are taking advantage of the well-developed system of transfer among state institutions. Only about 10% of freshmen at comprehensive universities and 21% of freshmen at regional universities are not enrolled somewhere in the state the following year. The Task Force identified barriers to student retention, whether financial, academic, social and personal, related to student services and advising, or related to future expectations and jobs. The Task Force also developed a matrix of common initiatives to improve student retention and identified best practices to improve retention. Recommendations of the Task Force include a focus on completion and improved student preparation for college. Six appendixes contain details of the study and the matrix of initiatives to improve student retention. (Contains 12 tables and 5 figures.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, Oklahoma City.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma