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Retention Toolkit

Southeast Technical Institute, Sioux Falls, SD
http://www.southeasttech.edu/

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

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.

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Tracy Noldner

tracy.noldner@southeasttech.edu

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Last Mile

Portland State University
http://www.pdx.edu/

While traditional measures of institutional retention tend to focus on freshman, there are a significant number of students at PSU who earn enough credits to apply for graduation, but then cancel their application and never finish. Between summer 2005 and spring 2010 768 students applied for graduation and had their applications cancelled due to not meeting all their graduation requirements. Approximately 44% had a financial hold on their records, and nearly all students were in good academic standing. For many students, the primary reason for leaving PSU close to graduation may not be academic performance, but financial or other reasons.

The last mile committee identifies undergraduate students who have applied for graduation at Portland State University, but had their applications cancelled due to a lack of completing graduation requirements. The Committee helps them return to school in order to complete their degree.

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Randi Harris

rap@pdx.edu

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Admissions Promise Program

Colorado Community College System
http://www.cccs.edu/

The Admission Promise Program assists in student retention by identifying specific transfer interest at initial point of contact.

The Admissions Promise Program is designed to encourage 2 year students to research and select their four year transfer option as early as possible. In doing so, the student has a tangible goal, with specific criteria that must be earned at the two year college. Clear expectations lead to better understanding and fosters commitment to one's goals. In addition, the program eases student transtion from the 2 year to the 4 year, as the student is dually advised and invited to events at the 4-year while still attending the 2 year. The program is designed to increase degree attainment through the requirement that students must complete their Associate's degree in order to be eligible for the guaranteed admission at the 4 year. Additionally, the four year benefits from having a qualified pool of students for admissions which reduces their recruiting costs.

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Erin Hoag

erin.hoag@cccs.edu

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Oregon Green Statewide Career Pathway Roadmap Website

Oregon Department of Community Colleges & Workforce Development
http://www.oregon.gov/CCWD

Provide one place where individuals can learn more about green job education and apprenticeship programs across the state including access to national and industry resources.

Oregon's Green Statewide Green Career Pathways website provides roadmaps for seven "green" emerging and existing occupations showing community college courses, certificates, and programs and apprenticeship programs available across Oregon. Labor market, industry, and career related information is also provided. Go to www.oregongreenpathways.org.

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Mimi Maduro

mmaduro@cgcc.cc.or.us

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Postsecondary Workforce Readiness Definition Handbook

Colorado Community College System and Career & Technical Education
http://www.coloradostateplan.com/counselors.htm

Postsecodnary Workforce Readiness is Colorado's interpretation of 21st Century skills being taught, guided to and assessed. This handbook breaks down the barriers, explains the myths and clarifies the process.

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Lauren k Jones, MA NCC

lauren.jones@cccs.edu

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