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The Retention Dimension

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 11, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Why do so many of America’s college students fail to graduate? Why are some institutions able to retain students while others can’t?

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Enrollment Influences

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 4, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Graduation rates among high school students have gone up, but college enrollment has fallen. There are three contributing factors for the decline in enrollment: the economic upswing, the cost of education and the decrease in the pool of potential students. Understanding the influences on enrollment will enable your school to effectively prepare.

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A Strategic Approach to Increase Retention

Posted by Kate Seat on Jun 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

According to reports from the National Student Clearinghouse, only 53 percent of the 2.9 million first-time degree seekers who started in 2009 completed a degree at any institution within six years. Waning retention in recent years has prompted some institutions to investigate solutions from unaffiliated edTech companies. While these solutions can provide positive results initially, to increase retention consistently from year to year, a more holistic approach may be necessary.

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To Increase Retention, Personalization Is Key

Posted by Kate Seat on May 25, 2016 11:27:17 AM
Attracting the right type of applicants for your institution can be a complicated endeavor, calling for an approach that appeals to a wide variety of individuals, but still manages to reach a specific audience. According to the results of a recent survey, making sure that your institution takes your applicants' personalities into account right from the beginning can lead to greater success in retaining them as students down the road.

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3 Ways to Increase Online Students' Retention Rates

Posted by Kate Seat on Nov 6, 2015 8:02:47 AM

According to research from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), only 59 percent of first-time, full-time undergraduates at four-year institutions graduate within six years. At private for-profit institutions, the six-year graduation rate is only 32 percent.

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