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Tackling the Retention Challenge: Defining and Delivering a Unique Student Experience

By Daniel Fusch

Even with a clearly defined student experience; close alignment of people, practice, and policy; and a concentrated effort to remove barriers to a student’s momentum in pursuing educational goals, some students will remain unlikely to persist. With a well-coordinated early warning system, an institution can intervene and provide or refer the necessary support to ensure more students stay enrolled and ultimately graduate.

Identifying At-Risk Students: What Data Are You Looking At?

The earlier an academically at-risk student is identified, the better the prognosis for their success in college. Early alert systems, implemented within the first four to eight weeks of a term, can be instrumental in beginning an intervention that can help facilitate students’ success and increase retention. However, faced with frequent studies offering multitudinous data on factors influencing student attrition, it can be challenging to sort through the information available to determine what indicators deserve most attention, both to proactively identify students who may be at risk at a point prior to enrollment, and to drive early alert systems in the first weeks of a semester. To learn more, we interviewed Jennifer Jones, a clinical assistant professor and recently director of academic retention at the University of Alabama. Jones has developed a comprehensive and strategic approach to identifying and intervening with at-risk students, and offers her advice for:

– Making good use of your institution’s own historical data to predict risk factors
– Clarifying what real-time data matters
– Taking more than a one-shot approach to intervention

Continued at: http://www.academicimpressions.com/monthly_diagnostic.php?i=175&q=8048o401869aS105

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