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Drop-Out Prevention

Drop-Out Prevention and College & Career Readiness

National Dropout Prevention Center/Network

Dr. Shanan Chappell, a Research Assistant Professor in the Center, is currently leading the Center's efforts in the Dropout Prevention and College and Career Readiness field. In May of 2012, Dr. Chappell accepted an appointment as a Research Fellow in the National Dropout Prevention Center.

Our projects include collaboration among faculty from the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion and faculty from such institutions as Clemson University, Kent State University, University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth, and University of Minnesota. We are working toward the collective goal that all students will graduate on time with the skills and dispositions necessary to successfully enter the workforce or pursue higher education.

Specifically, our efforts focus on key educational priorities shared by state and federal educational agencies, which include:

  • Drop-out prevention
  • On-time graduation
  • Career and technical education
  • Workforce development
  • Preparing traditionally under-represented students to pursue careers in science, math, technology, and engineering (STEM) fields

Please contact schappel@odu.edu for more information on our projects in this field and to learn about upcoming events and opportunities related to our college and career readiness objectives.