Department and School Programs That Increase Student Retention, Success, and Engagement

Student Retention, Success, and Engagement
In recent issues of Academic Leader, we discussed the importance of increasing student retention and included descriptions of several campus-level retention programs or interventions that work. While it is wise to start the process of improving student retention and success using proven strategies, it is equally wise to solicit and promote ideas from local faculty. This approach has several associated positives that include fostering faculty buy-in for a venture that is seen by some as one of investing scarce resources in those who “can’t,” taking advantage of those closest to the student culture, providing opportunities for faculty to develop a scholarship agenda in teaching, and potentially enhancing the visibility of the faculty and institution by developing the next best or high-impact practice (HIP).

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