Advice From Advisors And Lessons From The Literature

From our discussions with college personnel and reviewing the literature we learned that:

1. First semester experiences have a powerful influence on whether students take a path to graduating or dropping out. Instruments designed to be administered during orientation or at matriculation are very limited in their ability to identify at risk students. Learn More

2. The variables that affect retention vary at different universities and between different student groups. Learn More

3. Advisors work better with specific information on students than they do with global characteristics. Learn More

4. Most policy makers do not know why attrition rates vary from year to year. Empirical studies are needed to determine why retention rates fluctuate. Learn More

5. A scientific orientation provides the most trustworthy ideas for solving retention problems and assessing institutional effectiveness. Validation studies rather than simple testimonials are needed.

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