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Feed Student Hunger, Fuel Student Success

Posted by Liz Schulte on Apr 9, 2018 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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Should Your School Invest in Better Wellness Programs?

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

The short answer: Yes. Research shows stellar fitness facilities and school wellness programs attract students and entice them to stay. Kids entering college now are more health conscious than ever. Generation Z — those born between 1995 and 2010 — has been targeted with public health campaigns detailing the horrors of obesity from a young age. They won’t want to attend a college that will derail efforts at good health begun in high school or earlier.

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What Kind of Writing Center Will Power Retention?

Posted by Lori Reese on Feb 26, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As campus demographics evolve, it’s critical to ensure your student services are meeting the needs of a diverse population. An evaluation of your schools’ services could start with your campus writing center. Recent research shows the majority of campus writing centers use an approach that works great for privileged students — the middle class and wealthy — but tends to leave the less privileged in a lurch. Writing centers are failing where they’re most needed.

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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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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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The Retention Dimension

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 18, 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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3 Proven Ways You Need to Retain Students

Posted by Liz Schulte on Jul 13, 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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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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