Retention

25Jan 2017
McLennan Completion Summit 2017

Our partner and client, McLennan Community College, is hosting a Completion Summit on Friday, February 17. If you are near the Waco, TX area, we hope you can join us!

Completion Summit 2017

Building Success: Tools to Help Students Complete
February 17, 2016
McLennan Community College
Waco, TX

Session Topics: (tentative schedule)

  • Gaining Faculty Buy-In: Creating a Network of Care
  • How Do You Measure It? Assessment Techniques for the Hard to Quantify
  • Academic Coaching: Who, What, Where, and Why
  • Resources for Completion: Supporting Special Populations
  • Financial Literacy
  • Early Alert

03Dec 2015

For the last few weeks we have been talking about how to determine whether the students you are serving are Red-flag students or At-risk students.

Here are the five principles I use to guide me as I engage students and honor their autonomy:

1 Win them over

First, students have to believe that you are on their team and want them to be successful. In this relationship, students must know that you will be a reliable, responsive, empathetic, and trustworthy partner. Continue reading

17Nov 2015

We were recently working with an institution and every time Matt and I talked about Early Alert as a positive resource for At-risk students, we were met with resistance. My insistence that there was no shame in being managed in an Early Alert program was met with looks of disbelief. Finally, after three days of working to reframe Early Alert, someone in the room said…

Students will never think that being identified as a Red-flag student is positive!

This was an epiphany. Wait. What? I am not talking about Red-flag students! Every time I said “At-risk students,” our clients were thinking “Red-flag students”. I am here to tell you, these are NOT the same thing! Continue reading

10Nov 2015

I bet you have some Dust Bunny Data at your campus. Don’t act like you don’t know what we are talking about. Dust Bunny Data is data that just sits around, unused, and collects dust. It took a lot of effort (and budget) to gather it, and the intention was that it would be a powerful tool to understand your students and inform your practices. But…no one ever looks at it.

That’s a problem. Continue reading

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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