The Trends Report

Spotlight on Retention

Students can’t graduate if they don’t return

Joon Powell for The Chronicle

Ariel Blackwell (right), a student at Middle Tennessee State, meets with her adviser, Trever Thomas. The university set aside $3-million 
to hire 47 new academic advisers, with the goal of doing a better job of engaging students.
March 09, 2015 Premium content for subscribers. Subscribe Today

So far nobody’s patented a Retain-O-Matic, a surefire, off-the-shelf strategy for increasing the number of students who stay enrolled. Until that happens, improving your college’s graduation rate will require campuswide planning and commitment...

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