Topic: Retention of Nontraditional Students
The number of transfer students is increasing, transforming the student population of many institutions. Yet, most institutions continue to collect retention and degree completion rates for freshmen only, ignoring how transfer students perform on these metrics. The presenters will discuss a study to better understand the progression of transfer students.
The facilitators will present retention reporting methods at their institution, one of the largest online universities in the country, and demonstrate how small calculation changes may affect results. This information will be compared to traditional methods of calculating retention for discussion.
Student retention is an important issue in higher education today. At JFK University, we are exploring ways to increase retention of nontraditional undergraduate students. By interviewing and surveying current students and recent graduates, we hope to improve our understanding of the institutional factors that help students persist in their studies.