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1 Student Retention and the SGA
October 20, 2014 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

2 What is Good for RU is Good for Retention . . .
“. . .activities that serve to generate significant improvements in the organization as a whole ultimately serve to improve student retention.” Dr. Laurence Smith Mobilizing the Campus for Retention ACT RADFORD UNIVERSITY

3 Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY
Definition: Retention rate = the percentage of a cohort enrolled at one census date that is enrolled at the next census date; typically measured fall-to-fall. Retention of all classes of students is critical, but getting students from the first to second year is especially important, since students are less likely to leave each year after the first. “Retention rate” generally implies the retention rate for new students. RADFORD UNIVERSITY

4 The “Retention Funnel”
New Freshmen, Fall 100% (2,000 students) 1st Year 2nd Year 75% (1,500 students; i.e. , 500 students do not return) 2nd Year 3rd Year Four-Year Graduation 38-42% 4th Year Six-Year Graduation 56-60% 5th Year 6th Year RADFORD UNIVERSITY

5 Timeline: Year One RADFORD UNIVERSITY

6 Timeline: Year Two RADFORD UNIVERSITY

7 Timeline: Year Three RADFORD UNIVERSITY

8 RU Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY 74.6%
*Radford University 2014 Fact Book RADFORD UNIVERSITY

9 Retention Factors RADFORD UNIVERSITY
*Data analysis by Noel-Levitz of entering cohorts 2010, 2011, 2012 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

10 RU Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY High School GPA Value
Total Number Number Persisted Persistence Rate (%) Higher than 2.925 4008 3216 80.24 2.675 to 2.925 1091 775 71.04 2.675 and below 776 486 62.63 Total   5890 4489 76.21 Difference: % *Data analysis by Noel-Levitz of entering cohorts 2010, 2011, 2012 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

11 RU Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY Num. Days as Confirmed Value
Total Number Number Persisted Persistence Rate (%) 164 or Greater 1458 1188 81.48 137 to 163 1450 1135 78.28 123 to 136 1406 1057 75.18 122 or Less 1576 1109 70.37 Total 5890 4489 76.21 Before May 1 After May 1 *Data analysis by Noel-Levitz of entering cohorts 2010, 2011, 2012 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

12 RU Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY First Generation Flag Value
Total Number Number Persisted Persistence Rate (%) No 1792 1407 78.52 No Info 2394 1831 76.48 Yes 1704 1251 73.42 Total  5890 4489 76.21 *Data analysis by Noel-Levitz of entering cohorts 2010, 2011, 2012 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

13 RU Retention Data RADFORD UNIVERSITY Student Ethnicity Description
Total Number Number Persisted Persistence Rate (%) Race Unknown 10 100.00 American Indian or Alaska Native 27 24 88.89 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 25 21 84.00 Refused to Disclose 42 33 78.57 Black or African American 483 377 78.05 White 4686 3595 76.72 Nonresident Alien 4 3 75.00 Hispanic of any race 275 198 72.00 Two or more races 218 155 71.10 Asian 120 73 60.83  Total 5890 4489 76.21 *Data analysis by Noel-Levitz of entering cohorts 2010, 2011, 2012 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

14 2012 Retention Report Recommendations
“Proactive” Maintain High Expectations for Students Enhance the Delivery of Academic Advising Increase the Amount and Quality of Academic Support Available Encourage Social Enrichment Activities to Give Students a Sense of Belonging Expand “High Impact Practices” RADFORD UNIVERSITY

15 2012 Retention Report Recommendations
“Reactive” Revise Probation and Suspension Policies Eliminate Exceptions to Suspension and the “SORTS” Program Create an Academic Recovery Course for New Students on Probation (Effective Fall 2014) RADFORD UNIVERSITY

16 RU’s Partnership with Noel-Levitz
Dave Trites RADFORD UNIVERSITY

17 Number of Risk Factors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Number of Students 334 622 570
Steve Lerch 1 Retained Jennifer Mandabay .99 Highly Likely Shiela Lilly Highly Likely Alex Wugner Likely Bob Johnson Likely Angie Mabeus Somewhat Likely Audrey Keppler Somewhat Likely Brian Schuler Less Likely Jordan Clouser Less Likely Mike Dunn Not Likely Number of Risk Factors 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Number of Students 334 622 570 345 104 34 Average SRP Score 0.62 0.55 0.47 0.38 0.32 0.27 0.20 0.00 Name Category Total High School GPA Academic Preparation 634 Student Ethnicity Demographic 315 Subdivision/College of Interest Education Aspiration 570 Distance From Campus Social Integration 104 Num Days as Confirmed Generic 697 Standing 346 First Generation Flag 753

18 RU Fall 14 Freshmen N=2015 38 263 752 802 141 17

19 Modeling File Persistence Rate
RU Fall 13 Outcomes Model Score Total Records Persist Persistence Rate Modeling File Persistence Rate 0.0% 100.0% 13 9 69.2% 50.0% 69 38 55.1% 59.9% 316 206 65.2% 66.9% 580 424 73.1% 73.0% 536 403 75.2% 79.7% 336 284 84.5% 85.1% 111 100 90.1% 91.7% 19 14 73.7% Total 1980 1478 74.6% 76.1%

20 Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory™

21 Scales in order of importance: Radford University
RU Student Perspective In order of importance RU Personnel Perspective In order of importance Academic Advising Instructional Effectiveness Safety and Security Student Centeredness Concern for the Individual Recruitment and Financial Aid Campus Climate Registration Effectiveness Campus Support Services Service Excellence Campus Life Concern for the Individual Instructional Effectiveness Recruitment and Financial Aid Academic Advising Student Centeredness Campus Support Services Safety and Security Campus Climate Registration Effectiveness Service Excellence Campus Life 2012 Form A n: 97,084 Copyright 2012, Noel-Levitz, Inc.

22 Summary Scales SSI Summary RU SSI South Difference
So far, how has your college experience met your expectations? 4.97 4.65 +0.08 Rate your overall satisfaction with your experience here thus far. 5.69 5.31 +0.15 All in all, if you had to do it over, would you enroll here again? 5.77 5.36 +0.04

23 Helping Students Find Success
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24 Academic Suspension Thresholds
To avoid suspension, students must earn a 1.00 GPA in their first semester and demonstrate improved academic performance in subsequent semesters: Hours Attempted GPA Required to Avoid Suspension 12-23 1.00 24-35 1.50 36-47 1.80 48 or more 2.00 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

25 UNIV150 – Retention results 1.00-1.49 GPA
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26 UNIV150 – Retention results 1.50-1.99 GPA
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27 UNIV150 – LASSI (Learning And Study Strategies Inventory)
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28 RU’s Strategic Plan for Retention
Proposed Retention Strategies: Enhance Academic Support Services Improve the Delivery of Academic Advising* Increase the Potential of UNIV 100* Develop Additional Learning Communities* Facilitate Student Access to Campus Employment Manage Enrollment Strategically Integrate Career Awareness into all Students’ First-Year Curricula *In Progress RADFORD UNIVERSITY

29 Retention Initiatives in Progress
Improve the Delivery of Academic Advising RADFORD UNIVERSITY

30 Retention Initiatives in Progress: UNIV100
Overall, 75% of new freshmen enrolled in UNIV100 for fall 2013 RADFORD UNIVERSITY

31 CSI Completion Rate: 94.8% RADFORD UNIVERSITY

32 Retention Initiatives in Progress
Increase the Potential of UNIV 100: Using the College Student Inventory (CSI) Class debrief in every UNIV100 class Each student received their individual CSI report Suggested assignment to reflect on report Faculty asked to reach out to at least 4 predicted “at-risk” students – “How RU?” RADFORD UNIVERSITY

33 Learning Communities: Tap into the
Retention Initiatives in Progress: Academic and Student Affairs Collaborations Learning Communities: Tap into the “Power of the Cohort” Existing Communities: Core Connections (Non-residential) Biology Connections (Stuart Hall) Honors Academy (Floyd Hall) CVPA Themed Housing (Trinkle Hall) In Development: Scholar-Citizen Initiative COBE Under Consideration: CRJU, Psychology, Waldron College, others RADFORD UNIVERSITY

34 Retention Initiatives in Student Affairs
Desire to Transfer 30.9% Not First Choice 38.9% What happens after they get to campus? Engaging in the RU community Out-of-the-class Experience RADFORD UNIVERSITY

35 Student Affairs Areas of Concentration
Parents Retention & Persistence Student Behavioral Intervention Student Leadership Student Development Student Engagement Student Support RADFORD UNIVERSITY

36 Student Affairs Retention Initiatives
Welcome Week BE S.E.E.N. Programming Student Clubs and Organizations Student Recreation & Wellness Center Club Fairs (fall & spring) Radford Student Programs & Campus Events (R-SPACE) Lead Scholar Program (LEAD 110) Ignite Student Leadership Radford After Dark Residential Life Programming Diversity Programming Sports Clubs Greek Life RADFORD UNIVERSITY

37 Discussion: What Role Can the SGA Play in Retaining RU Students?
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38 Questions? RADFORD UNIVERSITY


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