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Financial issues… February 3, 2010

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Quinnipiac’s Department of Residential Life supports and educates students in hopes of keeping them safe and content while at school.  The idea is that if students are happy while living in the residence halls they will have an easier time managing academics and will continue attend school here. Jenn Crane is the Associate Director of Residential Education.  Part of her job is to oversee the programs taking place on campus – programs that are intended to keep students coming back for more.

But residential programs and education have no effect on whether a student drops out, if they are dropping out for financial reasons. Financial issues are a strong force driving students out of QU.  In a drowning economy, many students find themselves unable to afford the high tuition.  To be a full-time student and resident at Quinnipiac for one year costs almost $47,000.  Students can fill out a FAFSA form online to receive financial aid, but even that is not always enough to keep students at Quinnipiac.  70% of QU students receive some kind of financial aid, but the amount can range from $100 scholarships to $40,000+ scholarships.  Podcaster Christopher S. Penn of the Financial Aid Podcast discusses the retention of students and how financial aid administrators can help.

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This journalist… January 27, 2010

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This journalist is a Resident Assistant (or RA) at Quinnipiac University.  She is extremely invested in the Quinnipiac community and involved in several activities on campus.  As an RA and member of Residence Hall Council (or RHC) she truly cares about the well being of the Quinnipiac community and its students.  She is intrigued by the dropping retention rate and cannot wait to find out more.

John P. Bean of Answers.com lists six categories for reasons students leave school.  They include background variables, organizational factors, academic factors, social factors, environmental factors, and attitudes/intentions/ and psychological processes.

This journalist hopes to look into these categories and how they apply specifically at Quinnipiac.

Welcome! January 27, 2010

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Quinnipiac University is located in picturesque Hamden, Connecticut.   The private university enrolls about 5,700 undergraduate students, 2,000 graduate students, and 550 law students.  The school is rapidly building new residence halls to hold the over 4,000 students that opt to live in Quinnipiac owned housing.  Usually each year the size of the student body grows… but today something strange is happening.

The retention rate for students at Quinnipiac is lower than ever before.  The retention rate of a college is the percentage of students who finish out their four-year degree at the same school.  For example, if the freshmen class starts out with 2,000 students, but by sophomore year only has 1,800 students, the retention rate is (1800/2000) x 100 = 90 percent. College planning sites, such as Princeton Review, report retention rates to prospective students.

Students are withdrawing and transferring to other schools in big numbers.  Why? The academic programs are constantly updating and changing; there are new residence halls being built this year; and construction to expand the cafeteria and student center is well under way – all designed to attract students to the school, not push them away.  The purpose of this blog is to discover why. Why are all of the students leaving? Are they all leaving for the same reason? Where are they going? And what is Quinnipiac doing about it?