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Survey of Best Practices in Student Retention, 2017 Edition

  • ID: 3909295
  • Report
  • October 2016
  • 150 pages
  • Primary Research Group
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26.7% of Public Schools See Better Retention Rates In Their Future Vs. 47.8% of Private Colleges
The 150–page study presents detailed data and commentary on student-retention issues from a survey of 38 different institutions, including 15 public and 23 private colleges and universities. Among the subjects discussed:  spending on retention consulting services and information sources, staff dimensions of the retention effort, the role of faculty in retention, the role of student services such as tutoring, academic advising, facilities management and financial aid, among others. The report also looks at the kinds of retention software in use, the use of exit interviews, retention committees, predictive modeling for early alert warnings, and much more.

The report presents retention rate data for many different types of students including adult students, distance learning students, first year students, graduate students and other categories of student, as well as overall retention rates from first year to graduation.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

-         Only about 29% of survey participants maintain records enabling them to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities; close to 35% of private colleges have such records vs. 20% of public colleges.

-         Research universities were much more likely than others to feel that the quality of student housing was a significant factor in student retention.

-         More than 30% of private colleges noted an increase in their financial aid to students over the past two years and far fewer of them than their public college counterparts noted a decrease in financial aid.

-         26.7% of public schools see better retention rates in their future vs. 47.8% of private colleges.
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THE QUESTIONNAIRE   

PARTICIPANTS LIST   
Characteristics of the Sample   

SUMMARY OF MAIN FINDINGS   
Sample Characteristics   
We asked: How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately)   
We asked: How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year? (Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately)   
Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year?   
Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention?   
Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff?   
Does the college have a retention staff of more than one person specifically devoted to retention?   
Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic department or school?   
What was the college’s fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year?   
What was the college’s fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016?   
What was the retention rate for graduate students?   
What was the retention rate for distance/hybrid learning students?   
What was the retention rate for foreign students?   
What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30?   
For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college?   
If your college has had some success in training the college staff and instructors in retention issues, briefly explain what you have done so that your peers might benefit from using similar strategies.   
Impact on Retention of Certain Factors   
Impact on Retention of Economic Conditions   
Rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention.   
How important is student involvement in extra-curricular activities on student retention?   
Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college?   
Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college?   
We asked: How important have exit interviews with departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy?   
We asked: How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy?   
Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college?   
We asked: Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities?   
We asked: With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables?   
Commercial products to assist in retention   
Role in retention of part-time jobs for students   
How important is career services for success in retention?   
How critical is student housing for success in retention?   
How critical is college information technology for success in retention?   
How critical is academic advising for success in retention?   
How critical are child care services for success in retention?   
How critical is the office of financial aid for success in retention?   
How critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention?   
We asked: Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages?   
We asked: Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out?   
We asked:  How has your college in recent years developed or revamped its efforts to identify and reach students at risk of transferring or dropping out?   
We asked: How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain?   
We asked: What has been the trend on spending for academic advising over the past few years?   
Trends in Financial Aid   
Success in Training College Staff & Instructors in Retention   
Over the past two years, what has been the change in the college retention rate for first year students entering the second year?   
About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons?   
Over the next few years what is your best honest estimate regarding retention rates?   
Retention Rate of Certain Specific Programs vs. General Retention Rates   

List of Tables
Table 1.1 How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (In US$)(Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately)   
Table 1.2 How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (In US$)(Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 1.3 How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (In US$)(Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 1.4 How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (In US$)(Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately) Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 1.5 How much did the college spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the past year? (In US$)(Exclude spending on conference which we ask about separately) Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 2.1 How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year? (In US$) (Exclude spending on conferences which we ask about separately)   
Table 2.2 How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year?(In US$) (exclude spending on conferences which we ask about separately) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 2.3 How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year?(In US$) (exclude spending on conferences which we ask about separately) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 2.4 How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year?(In US$) (exclude spending on conferences which we ask about separately) Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 2.5 How much do you expect that the college will spend on consulting services to aid in student retention in the next year?(In US$) (exclude spending on conferences which we ask about separately) Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 3.1 Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year? (In US$)   
Table 3.2 Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year? (In US$) Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 3.3 Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year? (In US$) Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 3.4 Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year? (In US$) Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 3.5 Approximately how much did the college spend on conferences, webcasts, research reports and other specialized publications and information services about student retention in the past year? (In US$) Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 4 Does the college have any of the following:   
Table 4.1.1 Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention?   
Table 4.1.2 Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.1.3 Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.1.4 Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 4.1.5 Does the college have a dean or other high level administrator whose primary responsibility is to maintain or increase student retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 4.2.1 Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff?   
Table 4.2.2 Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.2.3 Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.2.4 Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 4.2.5 Does the college have a retention committee or task force composed of deans, professors and other staff? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 4.3.1 Does the college have a retention staff of more than 1 person specifically devoted to retention?   
Table 4.3.2 Does the college have a retention staff of more than 1 person specifically devoted to retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.3.3 Does the college have a retention staff of more than 1 person specifically devoted to retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.3.4 Does the college have a retention staff of more than 1 person specifically devoted to retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 4.3.5 Does the college have a retention staff of more than 1 person specifically devoted to retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 4.4.1 Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic departments or schools?   
Table 4.4.2 Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic departments or schools? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 4.4.3 Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic departments or schools? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 4.4.4 Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic departments or schools? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 4.4.5 Does the college have retention staffer attached to particular academic departments or schools? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 5.1 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year?   
Table 5.2 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 5.3 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 5.4 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 5.5 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for first year students in the fall 2015 to fall 2016 school year? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 6.1 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016?   
Table 6.2 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 6.3 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 6.4 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 6.5 What was the college's fall to fall retention rate for part time students from fall 2015 to fall 2016? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 7 What was the retention rate for the following specific kinds of students:   
Table 7.1.1 What was the retention rate for graduate students?   
Table 7.1.2 What was the retention rate for graduate students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.1.3 What was the retention rate for graduate students? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.1.4 What was the retention rate for graduate students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 7.1.5 What was the retention rate for graduate students? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 7.2.1 What was the retention rate for law school students?   
Table 7.2.2 What was the retention rate for law school students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.2.3 What was the retention rate for law school students? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.2.4 What was the retention rate for law school students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 7.2.5 What was the retention rate for law school students? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 7.3.1 What was the retention rate for distance learning/hybrid learning students?   
Table 7.3.2 What was the retention rate for distance learning/hybrid learning students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.3.3 What was the retention rate for distance learning/hybrid learning students? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.3.4 What was the retention rate for distance learning/hybrid learning students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 7.3.5 What was the retention rate for distance learning/hybrid learning students? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 7.4.1 What was the retention rate for foreign students?   
Table 7.4.2 What was the retention rate for foreign students? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.4.3 What was the retention rate for foreign students? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.4.4 What was the retention rate for foreign students? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 7.4.5 What was the retention rate for foreign students? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 7.5.1 What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30 (or some reasonable equivalent)?   
Table 7.5.2 What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30 (or some reasonable equivalent)? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 7.5.3 What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30 (or some reasonable equivalent)? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 7.5.4 What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30 (or some reasonable equivalent)? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 7.5.5 What was the retention rate for adult students over age 30 (or some reasonable equivalent)? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 8.1 For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college?   
Table 8.2 For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 8.3 For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 8.4 For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 8.5 For the last year for which such data is available, what percentage of students who start at the college as fall term freshmen graduate the college? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
If you have had particular success in increasing retention rates for any specific group defined by any criteria -- race, SAT level, academic major, geographic origin, or any other criteria - explain how you achieved this success.   
Table 9 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of the following on student retention:   
Table 9.1.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of terms of student financial assistance on student retention.   
Table 9.1.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of terms of student financial assistance on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.1.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of terms of student financial assistance on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.1.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of terms of student financial assistance on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.1.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of terms of student financial assistance on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.2.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of severity in grading on student retention.   
Table 9.2.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of severity in grading on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.2.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of severity in grading on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.2.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of severity in grading on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.2.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of severity in grading on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.3.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention.   
Table 9.3.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.3.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.3.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.3.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to tutoring services on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.4.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of changes in the academic reputation of the college on student retention.   
Table 9.4.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of changes in the academic reputation of the college on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.4.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of changes in the academic reputation of the college on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.4.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of changes in the academic reputation of the college on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.4.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of changes in the academic reputation of the college on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.5.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to academic and/or psychological counseling services on student retention.   
Table 9.5.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to academic and/or psychological counseling services on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.5.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to academic and/or psychological counseling services on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.5.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to academic and/or psychological counseling services on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.5.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of access to academic and/or psychological counseling services on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.6.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of general economic conditions on student retention.   
Table 9.6.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of general economic conditions on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.6.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of general economic conditions on student retention Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.6.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of general economic conditions on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.6.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of general economic conditions on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.7.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of involvement in extra curricular activities on student retention.   
Table 9.7.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of involvement in extra curricular activities on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.7.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of involvement in extra curricular activities on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.7.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of involvement in extra curricular activities on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.7.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of involvement in extra curricular activities on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 9.8.1 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of quality of residence halls and food service on student retention.   
Table 9.8.2 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of quality of residence halls and food service on student retention. Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 9.8.3 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of quality of residence halls and food service on student retention. Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 9.8.4 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of quality of residence halls and food service on student retention. Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 9.8.5 Using a scale of 1-4, rank the impact of quality of residence halls and food service on student retention. Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 10.1 Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college?   
Table 10.2 Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 10.3 Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 10.4 Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 10.5 Approximately what percentage of students who decide to transfer out of or drop out of the college prior to graduation are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 11.1 Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college?   
Table 11.2 Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 11.3 Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 11.4 Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 11.5 Approximately what percentage of students who graduate the college are interviewed by college management to find out their feelings about their experience at the college? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 12 How important have exit interviews been in developing and implementing your retention strategy?   
Table 12.1.1 How important have exit interviews been for departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy?   
Table 12.1.2 How important have exit interviews been for departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 12.1.3 How important have exit interviews been for departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 12.1.4 How important have exit interviews been for departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 12.1.5 How important have exit interviews been for departing students who did not graduate been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 12.2.1 How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy?   
Table 12.2.2 How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 12.2.3 How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 12.2.4 How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 12.2.5 How important have exit interviews with graduating students been in developing and implementing your retention strategy? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 13.1 Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities?   
Table 13.2 Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 13.3 Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 13.4 Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 13.5 Does the college maintain any records that enable it to pinpoint students who are not engaged in any or very few extra-curricular activities? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 14.1 With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables?   
Table 14.2 With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 14.3 With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 14.4 With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 14.5 With how much accuracy is your college able to predict retention levels of students using variables such as grades, intensity of extracurricular involvement, student financial status and other variables? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Please list and comment on any products that you feel help you in predicting retention rates.   
Table 15 On a scale of 1-5 with "1" as very important and "5" as unimportant, how critical are the following student services for success in retention?   
Table 15.1.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is office of financial aid for success in retention?   
Table 15.1.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is the office of financial aid for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.1.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is the office of financial aid for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.1.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is the office of financial aid for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.1.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is the office of financial aid for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.2.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is career services for success in retention?   
Table 15.2.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is career services for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.2.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is career services for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.2.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is career services for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.2.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is career services for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.3.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is academic advising for success in retention?   
Table 15.3.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is academic advising for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.3.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is academic advising for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.3.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is academic advising for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.3.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is academic advising for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.4.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is learning services/tutoring services for success in retention?   
Table 15.4.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is learning services/tutoring services for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.4.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is learning services/tutoring services for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.4.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is learning services/tutoring services for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.4.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is learning services/tutoring services for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.5.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is peer mentoring for success in retention?   
Table 15.5.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is peer mentoring for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.5.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is peer mentoring for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.5.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is peer mentoring for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.5.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is peer mentoring for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.6.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is child care services for success in retention?   
Table 15.6.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is child care services for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.6.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is child care services for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.6.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is child care services for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.6.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is child care services for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.7.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is information technology for success in retention?   
Table 15.7.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is information technology for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.7.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is information technology for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.7.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is information technology for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.7.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is information technology for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.8.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is student housing for success in retention?   
Table 15.8.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is student housing for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.8.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is student housing for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.8.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is student housing for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.8.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is student housing for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.9.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention?   
Table 15.9.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.9.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.9.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.9.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are student social clubs and other organizations for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.10.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are fraternities and sororities for success in retention?   
Table 15.10.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are fraternities and sororities for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.10.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are fraternities and sororities for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.10.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are fraternities and sororities for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.10.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are fraternities and sororities for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.11.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are opportunities to compete in intramural athletics for success in retention?   
Table 15.11.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are opportunities to compete in intramural athletics for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.11.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are opportunities to compete in intramural athletics for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.11.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are opportunities to compete in intramural athletics for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.11.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical are opportunities to compete in intramural athletics for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 15.12.1 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is opportunity to compete on college sports teams for success in retention?   
Table 15.12.2 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is opportunity to compete on college sports teams for success in retention? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 15.12.3 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is opportunity to compete on college sports teams for success in retention? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 15.12.4 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is opportunity to compete on college sports teams for success in retention? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 15.12.5 On a scale of 1-5 with 1 as very important and 5 as unimportant, how critical is opportunity to compete on college sports teams for success in retention? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 16.1 Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages?   
Table 16.2 Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 16.3 Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 16.4 Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 16.5 Does the college identify high risk students and then intervene at certain thresh-holds such as number of classes or assignments missed, or low grade point averages? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 17.1 Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out?   
Table 17.2 Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 17.3 Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 17.4 Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 17.5 Which phrase best describes your view of your college's efforts to reach out to and help students at high risk for dropping out? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
How has your college in recent years developed or revamped its efforts to identify and reach students at risk of transferring or dropping out?   
Table 18.1 How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain?   
Table 18.2 How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 18.3 How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 18.4 How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 18.5 How many full time equivalent college academic advisors does the college maintain? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
What has been the trend on spending for academic advising over the past few years?   
Table 19.1 Over the past two years the college's financial aid has become more or less generous?   
Table 19.2 Over the past two years the college's financial aid has: Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 19.3 Over the past two years the college's financial aid has: Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 19.4 Over the past two years the college's financial aid has: Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 19.5 Over the past two years the college's financial aid has: Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
If your college has had some success in training the college staff and instructors in retention issues, briefly explain what you have done so that your peers might benefit from using similar strategies.   
Table 20.1 The college's retention rate for first year students entering the second year has increased, decreased or remained about the same?   
Table 20.2 The college's retention rate for first year students entering the second year has: Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 20.3 The college's retention rate for first year students entering the second year has: Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 20.4 The college's retention rate for first year students entering the second year has: Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 20.5 The college's retention rate for first year students entering the second year has: Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 21.1 About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons?   
Table 21.2 About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons? Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 21.3 About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons? Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 21.4 About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons? Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 21.5 About what percentage of students who drop out do you believe do so primarily for economic reasons? Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 22.1 Over the next few years your best honest estimate is that retention rates will probably decline, increase or remain about the same?   
Table 22.2 Over the next few years your best honest estimate is that: Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 22.3 Over the next few years your best honest estimate is that: Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 22.4 Over the next few years your best honest estimate is that: Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 22.5 Over the next few years your best honest estimate is that: Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 23 If your college has any of the following types of programs rank their retention rates relative to your main college program   
Table 23.1.1 If your college has an adult education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program   
Table 23.1.2 If your college has an adult education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 23.1.3 If your college has an adult education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 23.1.4 If your college has an adult education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 23.1.5 If your college has an adult education program, rank their retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 23.2.1 If your college has a distance education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program   
Table 23.2.2 If your college has a distance education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 23.2.3 If your college has a distance education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 23.2.4 If your college has a distance education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 23.2.5 If your college has a distance education program, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   
Table 23.3.1 If your college has an overseas campus, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program   
Table 23.3.2 If your college has an overseas campus, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out for public and private colleges   
Table 23.3.3 If your college has an overseas campus, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Enrollment   
Table 23.3.4 If your college has an overseas campus, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Carnegie class or type of institution   
Table 23.3.5 If your college has an overseas campus, rank its retention rates relative to your main college program Broken out by Annual Tuition, $   

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