Student Enrollment and Retention at CMU Wei Zhou, Director of Institutional Research Shawn Wilson, Director of Retention Academic Senate February 15, 2011
Questions to Be Explored • Enrollment • Overall enrollment trend • Enrollment trend by category • Determinants of enrollment trend • 2. Retention • What factors contribute to student retention at CMU and to what extent? • How effective are the retention-related programs at CMU? • What can we do to improve student retention at CMU?
CMU’s Market Share ofMichigan High School Graduates1992-2010
Freshmen-to-sophomore Retention Rate by Social EngagementImpact of Living in Residence Hall/Residential College
How can Central Michigan University improve student retention rates?
Areas of Focus • Strengths • Challenges • Suggestions on Improving Student Retention Rates
Challenges • Limited data collection pertaining to retention • Stretched resources and increased demand for retention related efforts • Inadequate communication and collaborations
ChallengeData Collection • Timely Data Collection – time constraints within current data collection systems make proactive implementation difficult. • Limited Scope of Data Collection - does not allow for comprehensive retention-related strategies to be implemented.
ChallengeResources • Constraints on University budget and personnel
ChallengeCommunication • Limited utilization of retention-related resources • Student Support Services website
ChallengeCommunication • Inadequate collaboration and understanding of University-wide retention strategies
Recommendations for ImprovingRetention Rates at Central Michigan University
Recommendations for ImprovingRetention Rates • Implementation of a timely and comprehensive University-wide retention tracking data collection system • Utilization and expansion of support programs using research-based best practices • Intrusive advising • Other shared experiences for first year students
Recommendations for ImprovingRetention Rates • Refocus resources to address student needs • Supplemental Instruction • Mathematics Assistance Center • First Year Experience • Leadership Safari
Refocusing of resources to address needs • Promotion of retention-related programs and services • Encourage collaboration to expand programs and services
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