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Retention Subcommittee. Update to the Strategic Enrollment and Retention Task Force April 29, 2010. Meeting Dates. February 1, 15 March 1, 9 (Webinars on Retention) March 22 April 5, 19. Data Reviewed. Student-Centered Services (Student Affairs & Enrollment Management)

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retention subcommittee

Retention Subcommittee

Update to the Strategic Enrollment and Retention Task Force

April 29, 2010

meeting dates
Meeting Dates
  • February 1, 15
  • March 1, 9 (Webinars on Retention)
  • March 22
  • April 5, 19
data reviewed
Data Reviewed
  • Student-Centered Services (Student Affairs & Enrollment Management)
  • Recommendations from Presidential Task Force on Student Success
  • ACT & high school GPA for Fall 2009 freshmen (by college)
  • Predictive model for academic standing following year 1 (freshmen)
date reviewed
Date Reviewed
  • Fall 2008 undergraduate student “leaver” data
    • By college
    • By credit hour (i.e., class standing)
  • High enrollment first-year courses
  • Percent of DFWI grades for high-enrollment courses taken by freshmen
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Data Reviewed
  • Percent DFWI for low & moderate enrollment first-year courses
  • Comments from Foundations of Excellence Survey of Students
  • Comments from Foundations of Excellence Survey of Faculty/Staff
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Data Reviewed
  • Hardwiring Student Success: Building Disciplines for Retention & Timely Graduation (University Leadership Council – Education Advisory Board)
  • Survey of current programming to meet best practices
  • CHANCE retention/graduation data
  • Transfer “leaver” data
preliminary goals
Preliminary Goals
  • Targeted first-year retention rate for freshmen = 80%
      • Places NIU at 75% for like institutions
    • Strategies
      • Intervention with high-risk freshmen
      • Intentional advising at orientation
      • Systematic monitoring through first year
      • MapWorks
      • Early alert
        • COMS, ENGL, MATH
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Preliminary Goals
  • First-Year Strategies – Continued
    • Implementation of Foundations of Excellence recommendations
    • Mid-semester check
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Preliminary Goals
  • Four-Year, Six-Year Graduation Rates
    • Priority should be given to four-year graduation rates
    • Six-year rate
      • Return to 51%-52%
      • Five-year plan = 54%-55%
    • Four-year rate
      • 30%
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Preliminary Goals
  • Graduation Strategies
    • Retention coordinated through Office of Student Academic Success
    • Retention Council
    • Student Success Specialists
      • One per college
      • Coordinated through Office of Student Academic Success
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Preliminary Goals
  • Graduation Strategies – Continued
  • Establish four-year plans
  • Publish four-year plans for students
  • Develop milestones for intervention
    • Success in key courses
    • GPA Thresholds
  • Unified record keeping system tracking interventions
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Preliminary Goals
  • Graduation Strategies – Continued
    • Collect data on leavers
      • Exit surveys
      • Exit interviews
    • Identify potential leavers
      • Transcript requests
      • Financial holds
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Preliminary Goals
  • Graduation Strategies – Continued
      • Identify students with graduation impediments
        • 90 hours plus
        • Applied for graduation
        • Unfulfilled requirements
      • Enhance Advising
        • High touch
        • Best practices
        • Fall 2010 Campus Summit
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Preliminary Goals
  • Transfer Students
    • Retention data not tracked in the past
    • Preliminary data
      • First-year rate = 75%
    • Target rate = 80%-85%
    • More analysis is needed before establishing strategies
additional goals
Additional Goals
  • Decrease number of undergraduates who leave NIU prior to graduation
  • Increase number of students who leave for community colleges and return to graduate from NIU
work to be done
Work To Be Done
  • Finalize strategies for freshmen
  • Develop strategies for transfer students
    • Further analysis of data
      • Four-year institutions vs. community colleges
      • Feeder community college success rates
      • College and departmental data
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Work To BE Done
  • Identify partners for success
  • Establish outcomes for all strategies
  • Establish targets for:
    • CHANCE
    • Graduate students
    • Law students
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Work To Be Done
  • How to capture graduation success
    • Degrees per FTE
  • How to institutionalize culture of retention
  • CHANCE expectations
  • Graduate School & Law
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