Student Retention Initiatives Bundle

About This Course

With this bundle, gain access to two programs focused on student retention and success initiatives!

To purchase the bundle, click on "Take this Course" above. To access the recordings after you have registered, click on "Login" from the upper right hand corner of the screen and sign in with your NASPA user name and password.  You will be directed to your Dashboard in the Online Learning Community, and will see the sessions listed under "Enrolled."

Session One: 12 Touchpoints in 12 Months: Interventions that Make a Difference for At-Risk Student

with Kristy Balbuena, Amy Dunlap, Alexandra Schumann

Students in Northern Virginia Community College’s Pathway to the Baccalaureate Program receive targeted interventions throughout their senior year in high school through community college and continuing at the university level. Through holistic and intrustive advising, Pathway’s underserved student population outperforms the general College as well as national community college benchmarks. The session will focus on twelve touchpoints students experience from January senior year of high school through to second semester of college, along with strategies for replicating these touchpoints at other institutions.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Implement concrete, data-driven programming and activities that enhance college transition, retention, and completion as demonstrated by Pathway’s effectiveness as compared with national and instutional data on similar populations.
  • Understand strengths and challenges of development, implementation, scaling, and evaluation of intervention activities.
  • Obtain specific practices for replicating program’s high-impact high-impact interventions.
  • Develop own institutional timeline for benchmark activities ranging from pre-college, first to second-semester college retention, and through to degree completion.
Session Two: Retaining Students One By One

with Deborah Cady Melzer, Allison Farrell

Strengthening first-year to sophomore retention is something all colleges aspire to do. However, the challenges of understanding which initiatives to employ can seem overwhelming. What works?  This session will show participants how Le Moyne College used institutional mission and the value of holistic education to transform its retention practices and increase its retention in 3 years by more than 5%.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand how one institution carefully viewed its mission as a motivator to analyze its retention challenges and develop appropriate solutions.
  • To consider efforts that can foster “good” retention.
  • To consider ways to build a productive campus-wide conversation around retention.