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ERIC Number: EJ964246
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
Colleges Try to Unlock Secrets to Student Retention
Adams, Caralee
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v77 n4 p19-23 Dec 2011
Record numbers of students flocked to college campuses this fall with high hopes of obtaining what many say is the new prerequisite for a middle class life: a college degree. But the harsh reality is that little more than half those bright-eyed college freshmen, on average, will actually finish. The gap between access and completion has put a new focus on ramping up retention--the percentage of freshmen who return to the same institution for a second year of college. Just as there are multiple reasons for dropping out--from money to academics to lack of direction--there is a range of initiatives emerging to boost college completion. Counselors and mentors are texting students to remind them of tests, connecting families with financial-aid sources, and guiding students through the social transition to college. Freshman seminars, tutors, course-placement tests, and comprehensive learning-assistance centers or labs are used to help guide students through the college transition.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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