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27May 2015

blog_chalkboardWe all know what an at-risk student looks like… right? They’re lazy students… right? They’re late to class, they don’t turn in assignments, they skip class, they’re failing, they drop out… right? They have bad grades and low GPAs… right? You know ‘em when you see ‘em…. Right?

Wrong.

Well, maybe let’s rephrase that a little nicer, shall we?

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26May 2015

blog_retention1To many it is just a number, to some it is just a fancy word to flout about, and to few it isn’t even in their vocabulary. This simple word means so much yet is hardly understood; in the massive world of academia it is easy to forget what it really means.

The dictionary defines retention as “the continued possession, use, or control of something,” but even that doesn’t quite seem right in the scope of education.

You don’t want to “possess” your students, or use them or control them. As a matter of fact that is almost the complete opposite of what you want. Your students shape your faculty, your campus, and your school… You don’t want to “possess” them…

So what do you want to do?

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26May 2015

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Pharos Resources headed north this week!

We’re excited to join the Canadian Association for Christians in Student Development at their national conference for the first time this year. The CACSD is a professional organization focused on Developing, Educating and Collaborating with colleagues, students, and peers.

Matt Boisvert and Rachel Phillips-Buck are exhibiting, hoping to find new connections with schools who believe in Relational Retention and are longing for a way to provide exceptional student support.

 

2015 CACSD National Conference

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May 25-28, 2015
Canadian Mennonite University
Winnipeg, MB

 

Will you be in attendance? Let us know and we’ll look forward to meeting you!

03Nov 2011

Pharos Resources is currently exhibiting at the National Symposium on Student Retention, sponsored by the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE). Yesterday, we were able to present on how to bridge the enrollment-to-retention chasm to develop a cohesive retention plan from day zero.

Here is a brief abstract of the presentation:

Before students make their final decision to attend your institution, your admissions team has invested a significant amount of time building relationships with them and collecting valuable information while recruiting them to the campus. Unfortunately, both qualitative and quantitative data is left behind when a prospective student becomes an enrolled student. Thus, an enrollment-to-retention chasm is created, impacting the immediate effectiveness of retention plans and interventions. Continue reading

03Nov 2011

Pharos Resources had a great time at NASPAtech this year. There were fantastic speakers and presenters discussing the role of technology in Student Affairs positions in higher ed. We had the pleasure of presenting on the role of technology in student retention and support. The role of technology, either as a primary resource for retention or as an effective tool in a systemic and comprehensive approach, has serious implications for future success of retention. We discussed the evolving attitudes on technology and included examples of how technology can be used in areas of retention, at-risk populations, and student support. We also presented on some best practices where technology and human intelligence are connected and complimentary.

Please contact us at info@pharosresources.com for more information about our presentation.

We look forward to continuing our relationships with the great people we met at NASPAtech.

06Oct 2011

Council for Christian Colleges & Universities

 

We were pleased to present Retention Intelligence to the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) member institutions last week. It was a great turn out! Thank you to everyone who participated and a very special thanks to the staff of CCCU for helping us put it on. We highly value Christian higher education, so it was a huge blessing for us to share our passion with these schools. Continue reading

01Oct 2011

Pharos Resources wants to congratulate our valued partner, Abilene Christian University, for its success in the First Year Experience.

“ACU is one of only 18 institutions in the nation saluted by U.S. News for having a stellar First-Year Experience, including Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame and Purdue University. In that research conducted by U.S. News, Abilene Christian was one of the most-mentioned colleges and universities in a survey of college presidents, chief academic officers, deans of students, and deans of admissions from more than 1,500 schools.

The university’s First-Year Program is directed by Dr. Eric Gumm (’97 M.S.) and includes Passport student/parent orientation and Welcome Week, among a campus-wide, year-long commitment to help new students succeed intellectually, socially and spiritually. ACU reported a 4.6 percent increase in the freshman-to-sophomore retention rate this fall, an excellent indicator that first-year students like what they find in their new college home.” Continue reading