Research + News | Topic: Retention

Facebook Helps First-Gen College Students

According to a study by the University of Michigan and Michigan State University, “Facebook connections can help first-generation college applicants believe in their abilities to both apply to school and excel once they’ve enrolled.”

Read the full report here.

Research to Improve Retention

One of the most serious problems facing colleges and universities today is that so many students leave before finishing their studies. Robert J. Sternberg, writing for Inside Higher Ed, provides a roundup of the latest research involving retention in higher education.

Read the article from Inside Higher Ed here.

Higher Ed Leaders Call for Bold Action on Attainment

In an open letter released by the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, leading college and university presidents call upon their colleagues to make retention and completion a critical campus priority to stem the unacceptable loss of human potential represented by the number of students who never make it to graduation.

Read more about the open letter here.