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  • Who is responsible for retention at the University and how are retention activities to be coordinated?
    • Role of University College
    • Role of Graduate Studies
    • Role of Student Affairs
  • What is the target population - level, cohort?
  • Why do some students persist to graduation and other fail?
  • Why do students voluntarily leave the University?
  • Should we perform an exit interview?
  • What can we do to "save" those who are marginal/at risk students?
  • How can we examine course-taking patterns to help students to succeed, both new students and transfer students? Are there options?
  • What is the role of the early warning system?
  • What specific information do we need to capture?
  • Who should receive the information?
  • What should be done with the information?
  • Do we want invasive or informational interventions?
  • What is the role of academic advising? Peer advising? Mentoring? Tutoring?
  • How does the admission standard affect retention?
  • What is the minimum numeric standard common to the successful student?
  • Math? Verbal? High school GPA?
  • Transfer GPA?
  • What do the numbers tell us about students who are potentially at risk? Math? Verbal?
  • Do or should the six traditional colleges have varying admission standards?
  • Do college standards adversely impact retention?
  • Are threshold courses used to identify at risk students and pose a necessary barrier?
  • Can we identify the successful student?
  • What do we need to know about the "at risk" population?
  • Create a profile?
  • What can the data tell us? Do we know what data we need?
  • How does our current infrastructure support (or not) retention efforts?
  • What role does the physical campus environment play in retention?
  • How does the transition from commuter to residential campus affect student retention?
  • What role does housing play?
  • What is the role of campus engagement? Social/community connections? Volunteerism?
  • What about course attendance?
  • Ability to use available technologies for review (blackboard, pod-casting, course capture, etc.?
  • Is it possible for these technologies to replace physical course attendance?
  • Should the attendance policy be reviewed?
Monarch Spirit
Chair Charles Wilson
Steering Committee
Zhao Yang
Data and Assessment Committee
Worth Pickering
Committee Members Bonita Anthony
Michael DeBowes
Carol S. Henry
Judy Luedtke
David D. Metzger
Terri M. Matthews
Matthew J. Oliver
Bob Spina
Bon Stansberry

Minutes, Meeting Dates and Agenda

  • Tuesday, October 9, 2008, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Minutes
  • Tuesday, October 14, 2008, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Minutes
  • Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
    • Minutes
  • Goals
  • Summary

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Meeting & Recommendation Summaries