Friday April 8, 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Track(s): 
Track 1: Quality
Track 2: Equality & Opportunity
Track 5: Visibility
Moderator: 
Donald Grant
Associate Dean
Pacific Oaks College
You Know Your Freshmen… But What About Your Transfer Students? A Look at Demographics and Retention of a Growing Student Population

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.

Loraine Devos-Comby
Institutional Effectiveness Manager
Ashford University
Stephen M. Nettles
AVP of Institutional Effectiveness
Ashford University
A Common Yard Stick: How Should Retention be Measured at Nontraditional Institutions?

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.

Steve Nettles
AVP of Institutional Effectiveness
Ashford University
Loraine Devos-Comby
Institutional Effectiveness Manager
Ashford University
Kristina Powers
AVP of Institutional Research Services
Ashford University
Retention of Nontraditional Undergraduate Students: What Institutional Factors Help Them Persist?

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.

Gail Dutcher
Chair, BSBA Program
John F. Kennedy University
Lisa Hutton
Chair, Legal Studies Department
John F. Kennedy University