ERIC Number: ED485498
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jun-21
The Art of Student Retention: A Handbook for Practitioners and Administrators.
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
The issue of retention is a persistent problem in higher education. For the past 100 years, the institutional graduation rate has stubbornly held at the 50 percent mark: half of all students entering higher education fail to realize their dreams and aspirations based on earning a certificate or degree. For students of color in particular, the stakes have never been trivial. Access and completion rates for African American, Hispanic, and Native American students have always lagged behind those for white and Asian students. The same is true for low-income students and students with disabilities. This handbook is intended as a reference for key stakeholders regarding the realities of, and strategies for, student retention. A retention framework model is presented, encompassing recruitment and admissions, academic services, curriculum and instruction, student services, and financial aid. Guidance is offered on development, implementation, and evaluation of campus retention programs.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Graduation Rate, Higher Education, Student Diversity, Student Financial Aid, Student Recruitment, Curriculum Development, Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Program Development
Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711. Tel: 512-427-6101; Fax: 512-427-6127; Web site: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Texas State Higher Education Coordinating Board, Austin.