Presentation on theme: "Blueprints for Retention: Broncho and Sooner Strategies for Graduation Success Becky Heeney, Director Graduation Office The University of Oklahoma"— Presentation transcript:
Blueprints for Retention: Broncho and Sooner Strategies for Graduation Success Becky Heeney, Director Graduation Office The University of Oklahoma firstname.lastname@example.org Casey Partridge, Senior Graduation Counselor Graduation Office The University of Oklahoma email@example.com Presenters: Jay Corwin, Assoc. VP Enrollment Management University of Central Oklahoma firstname.lastname@example.org Autumn Brinegar, Learning Communities Coordinator University of Central Oklahoma email@example.com
Blueprints University of Central Oklahoma The Compass Learning Community
Tools for Constructing a Central Success: The Compass Learning Community Requirements Students live together on the same floor Co-enroll in 5 courses Meet with coordinator throughout the year Attend study sessions Qualifications Entering first-year student SES High school GPA SAT or ACT scores First-generation status Rural background
Celebrating Central Success: 2007 - 2008 Cohort: 20 students, 80% first-generation, 18.5 average ACT. Retention Outcome: 55% enrolled in their fourth year, 3.17 average GPA Spring 2010. Only 50% of all FTFT 2007 students continued to their third year. Fourth year data is being compiled. 2008 - 2009 Cohort: 26 students, 76% first-gen., 17 average ACT, 10 undeclared, 19 high schools represented. Retention Outcome: 57% enrolled in their second year compared to 31% of the control group. 46% enrolled in their third year as compared to 26% of the control group, 2.5 average GPA Spring 2010. 2009 - 2010 Cohort: 40 students, 72% FG, 17.38 average ACT, 29 undeclared, 30 high schools represented. Retention Outcome: 67% enrolled in their second year, 2.07 average GPA Spring 2010. 2010-2011 Cohort: 40 students, 77% FG, 18 average ACT, 7 undeclared, 33 high schools represented.
Blueprints OU Graduation Office Sooner Success Program
Blueprints OU Sooner Success Program o Improve retention and graduation at OU for a specific demographic of student o Founded in research that suggests that students persist and graduate at higher rates when they are able to establish an enduring relationship with a staff or faculty mentor o Individualized program where graduation coaches meet regularly with students o Coaches will meet their students throughout the student’s time at OU.
Blueprints OU Sooner Success o Entering freshmen o First-time, full-time students o High School GPA o SAT or ACT Scores o Requirement - Admissions Agreement
Tools for Constructing Sooner Success A look at day to day operations The challenges we face Success we have experienced Vision as we move forward
Results 2008 Cohort 105 Students Fall to Spring Retention 97% Fall to Fall Retention 76% 2009 Cohort 182 Students Fall to Spring Retention 90% Fall to Fall Retention 80% 2010 Cohort 197 Students Fall to Spring Retention 93.4%
Blueprints University of Central Oklahoma Operation Degree Completion
Operation Degree Completion UCO Dedicated advisor! Reviews old files Lists of almost graduates Hand Holding!
Since summer 2009 (as of 2/18) 290 students have a diploma 15 students are scheduled to complete by May 2011 590 total participants in program 3731 additional credit hours enrolled
Costs? One (experienced) advisor’s salary plus benefits varies among schools but figure $45,500 ($35K salary) Program running for 1.5 years so $68,250.00
Income? 3731 credit hours at a conservative (all in-state and not including most fees) $145 per hour. $540,995
Tools for Constructing Sooner Success OU Graduation Office -Retention and Graduation Outreach Effort Sampling o Leaver Outreach o OU Cares o Continuing Student Outreach
Results Leaver Outreach Rich Data on Reasons for Leaving Some Students are Returning OU Cares Connecting students to support services Short-term coaching experience
Results Continuing Student Outreach 2004 201 students contacted 126 students expected to graduate on time 61 needed assistance No additional staffing costs Every 36 students raises the graduation rate by 1%
Design Duplication: It’s your turn! What’s your favorite retention programs on your campus? How does it work (30 second version) Who is the contact? Any contact information You will be sharing
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