Addressing the Gap Between Enrollment and Graduation
James Paterson, Education Dive
Colleges and universities are using more personal interaction and technology to keep students on track to a postsecondary credential. Methods include a phone app that prompts students to respond to questions weekly and using data about student behavior and grades from their ID cards to pinpoint vulnerable students.
They also are using a variety of financial and college life incentives to help students cross the finish line. At Southern Utah University, a special "first year experience" provides added financial, academic, and emotional support, starting at a carefully designed orientation. The university reports a rise in retention of about 10 percent.