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ERIC Number: EJ809991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1086-4822
The Strategic Retention Initiative: Theory-Based Practice to Reduce College Student Departure
Brier, Ellen M.; Hirschy, Amy S.; Braxton, John M.
About Campus, v13 n4 p18-20 Sep-Oct 2008
The Strategic Retention Initiative is an administrative practice which involves calling all first-year students. The initiative is guided by an institutional commitment to the well-being of students and represents an institutional investment in student persistence. The development and implementation of the Strategic Retention Initiative was motivated by a desire to translate college student retention theory into practice, thereby bridging the gap between the two spheres. As a theory-driven practice, the Strategic Retention Initiative uses the theoretical concepts of commitment of the institution to the welfare of its students and institutional integrity. This article examines the Strategic Retention Initiative as an adaptable retention practice that uses personal outreach to foster first-year student affiliation with an institution. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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