Retention Toolkit

Retention Toolkit

Advising, Retention, Pre-Academics, Student Engagement, Student Support
  • Graduation Rates
  • Retention
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Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD (SD)
http://www.southeasttech.edu/
http://taaccct.southeasttech.edu/StudentRetentionToolkit.zip

The toolkit URL above is to upload using your LMS course import tool (extract the imscc file before uploading). To just review toolkit, perform the following steps: 1. Go to: https://stinet.southeasttech.edu/ics/ 2. Login with: User Name: STIRetentionViewer Password: 2HLPN41n (Ignore the screen when it says the page could not be found. ) 3. Once logged in, click on this link to see the course: https://stinet.southeasttech.edu/ICS/Academics/SSS/Student_Retention/TrainingDevelopment-Student_Retention-2012/ Browse the toolkit using the navigation panel on the left of the webpage.

  • Institutions
  • Institutions

PURPOSE

To provide effective tools colleges can use to improve student retention rates and better meet student needs.

  • The overall retention rate for the school will rise.

DESCRIPTION

The technical institutes in South Dakota have held some of the strongest retention rates in the US; however, we know that what worked in the past does not always continue to be effective. Therefore, we have created this toolkit of retention ideas. The Retention Toolkit has been designed so that institutions can effectively implement only those tools they believe will help them improve their student retention. However, some toolkit items do share common connections and may be more effective when implemented together. The toolkit is developed to provide details on each individual tool along with implementation questions, Southeast Technical Institute’s experiences with implementation, lessons learned, results, handouts, and contact information.

The Toolkit is CC BY licensed and can be uploaded to your Learning Management System or reviewed by using the id/password presented above. The package provides several best practices inluding "JumpStart" days, Student Success Seminar, Student Success Center, defining of At-risk students, and The Attendance Challenge to name a few. Each best practice includes it own goals and measures of success. We have created separate pages for each aspect of our retention toolkit. Once you log in, these can be viewed by clicking on the links in the left-hand column. The technical institutes in South Dakota have held some of the strongest retention rates in the US; however, we know that what worked in the past does not always continue to be effective. Therefore, we have created this toolkit of retention ideas. The toolkit has been designed so that institutions can effectively implement only those tools they believe will help them improve their student retention. However, some toolkit items do share common connections and may be more effective when implemented together. STI will continue to add to the toolkit to provide our grant partners access to the materials we are developing. As we work through the toolkit, we are finding that each area continues to mature and change because of our experiences. We will pass those changes on to you as well. Finally, STI is in the process of gathering data regarding the effectiveness of these tools. You will find results on many of the tools, but we will have more results to share in the future. We hope you find this toolkit useful! Please feel free to add to the blog and share your experiences with these tools or with other tools you have implemented.

  • Student Retention Rate

SD's public two-year institutions collectively have the highest retention and graduations rates of any state.

Improve retention which improves graduation rates

RESOURCES AND LESSONS LEARNED

Based upon tools selected for implementation, STI hired Retention Coordinators to monitor and improve retention.

  • Retention Counselors

  • Students valuing their future career is key to retention

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Within the toolkit are additional reference materials.

Tracy Noldner
Vice President of Student Affairs and Institutional Research
Southeast Technical Institute
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Phone: 605-367-7487

tracy.noldner@southeasttech.edu

Michael Cartney
Vice President
Lake Area Technical Institute
PO BOX 730
Watertown, South Dakota 57201
Phone: (605) 882-5284 x224

cartneym@lakeareatech.edu