5 Strategies for First-Year Retention

Decorative: The word "Retention" written on a chalkboard


"A Third of Your Freshman Disappear: How Can You Keep Them?" (post) outlines "five of the most popular programs and initiatives to improve first-year retention -- some well-established and some relatively new." 

  • These efforts especially help retain "low-income, first-generation, and minority students."
  • Ideally, these efforts should be "campuswide, comprehensive, collaborative, and coordinated."
  • "We can’t wipe our hands and say, 'We’ve done orientation, our job is done.'"

A. Common Reasons First-Year Students Drop Out

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