Higher Education

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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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

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