Consider this: the National Student Clearinghouse tells us that over the past 20 years, more than 31 million students have enrolled in college and left without receiving a degree or certificate. Almost one-third of this population had only a minimal interaction with the higher education system, having enrolled for just a single term at a single institution.
Student retention is clearly critical.
The 10th Annual National Symposium on Student Retention is being held this week, providing a collaborative network for institutions to share successful, effective retention programs, as well as strategies, ideas and research. Our own Cherron Hoppes is teaming up with colleagues at the University of Redlands and Inside Track for a panel presentation.
Cherron’s paper, “The New Metrics: Tracking Today’s Post-Traditional Students,” is the basis for the presentation. During the session, panelists will help define today’s post-traditional students (which has been the source of much discussion and research lately), and provide approaches for tracking and reporting on the retention and graduation rates for this group.
Cherron will share her experiences in shaping a new approach to measuring student success and institutional effectiveness, including changes in the National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS reporting. Click here for the full presentation.
The event, which is sponsored by the University of Oklahoma’s Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange, takes place November 3rd – 5th in Louisville, KY. We hope to see you there!