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3 Ways a Bookstore Can Boost (or Undermine) Retention

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Grades, school cost, student satisfaction: All influence student retention. Your campus bookstore — whether virtual or brick-and-mortar — has a critical impact on all three factors.

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Best of 2017: Nontraditional Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jan 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

There are more nontraditional students on college campuses now than ever before. This hard-to-reach student demographic is serious, career-minded and often at-risk. Finding ways speak to these students helps schools boost retention and better serve the entire student population. Check out four of our most popular articles about nontraditional students below. 

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Struggling With Retention? There’s an App for That

Posted by Lori Reese on Dec 15, 2017 5:30:00 AM

Communication is key to retention. Without a sense of connection to the university, students flounder and stray. Some move to a new institution, some fail to meet grade requirements and some simply give up and drop out.

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3 Proven Ways You Need to Retain Students

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

Colleges all over the country are looking at their retention rates, trying to figure out how to improve the numbers. With pressure coming from a growing number of states as they adopt outcome-based higher education funding strategies, schools need to figure out how to reach and help at-risk students succeed — but how?

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Feed Student Hunger, Fuel Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Sep 26, 2017 5:30:00 AM

As food insecurity and homelessness among college students grow, the once parodied image of the starving student eating everything in sight ceases to be a laughing matter. Higher education for many is the pursuit of a better life. Along the journey toward that idealized destination, some students will face impossible hardships: surviving on one — if that — meal a day, finding a safe place to sleep each night and struggling to make it through each day until graduation. Without assistance, some will be forced to drop out.

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The Retention Dimension

Posted by Lori Reese on Sep 15, 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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Spotlight: Kelly Jones It All Comes Back to Service

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

MBS Direct Executive Director of Client Services, Kelly Jones, has been helping educators find course materials solutions since 2002. We sat down with her to discuss the latest challenges in education, the reason more schools are investing in hybrid solutions and the future of the textbook industry.

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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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