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Looking at the numbers… February 10, 2010

Posted by Katie in Quinnipiac University.
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courtesy: The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems

Quinnipiac University is concerned with their own dropping retention rate, but Connecticut actually has a retention rate higher than the national average.  This map is very useful to educators and administrators who are looking at national and regional trends regarding four-year college retention.  The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS, collects data from colleges and universities across the country to analyze issues such as retention. IPEDS is sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics, a US government organization.

Based on the map, obviously Quinnipiac isn’t the only school with retention problems.  Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH saw such low retention rates that they developed a program called RetentionZen to help the problem.  RetentionZen’s goal is to “improve student retention through early alert and caseload management.” The counselors and advisors at SCC hope to share their program with other schools in order to alleviate the problem. Check out the RetentionZen promotional video: