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ERIC Number: ED504412
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 50
How Institutional Research Can Create and Synthesize Retention and Attrition Information. Professional File Number 108, Fall 2008
Williford, A. Michael; Wadley, Joni Y.
Association for Institutional Research (NJ1)
This study reports how an institutional research office at a large public research university has taken the lead to call attention to retention problems, describe attrition/retention predictors, and influence policy. Building on existing retention theories and previous institutional research studies, the institutional research office began coordinating several first-year study-based initiatives whose primary purpose was to understand and promote first-year retention. Data on student characteristics, survey data on student involvement, NSSE data, non-returning survey data, and data from various student engagement programs are analyzed and synthesized to better understand attrition and retention. (Contains 2 figures and 7 tables.) [The AIR "Professional File" is intended as a presentation of papers which synthesize and interpret issues, operations, and research of interest in the field of institutional research.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Institutional Research
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement