Faculty Impact On Retention presentation

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DIXIE STATE UNIVERSITY
FACULTY IMPACT ON RETENTION
David Roos, Ed.D.
Executive Director, Enrollment Management
[email protected] * 435.652.7704
“Student-Faculty interaction has a stronger relationship
to student satisfaction with the college experience than
any other involvement variable, or indeed, any other
student or institutional characteristic.”
- Alexander Astin
THE FACULTY …
• have more frequent and continuous contact
with students than any other campus
representative.
• evaluate student performance and judge
whether students are achieving outcomes.
• can more closely observe student behavior
and recognize at-risk behaviors.
- Joseph Cuseo
COMMUTER CAMPUS …
Less than 10% of our students reside on campus.
Primary interactions are with faculty. Students
drive to campus, go to class, and then often go
home or to a job or off-campus apartment.
WHO CAN BE INFLUENCED?
IN-CLASS RETENTION TIPS …
• Get to know your students by name, and call on
them by their first name often.
• Set high expectations for the class, and provide
regular feedback.
• Create opportunities for students to be engaged
in class (e.g. small group discussions).
• Identify students who are struggling
(academically, emotionally, attendance, etc.) and
use the Early Alert system (Star Fish) to involve
advisors and mentors.
WHAT IS STARFISH?
• Online program to simplify the reporting of atrisk student behavior or to praise students.
• After faculty “raise a flag”, student receives
automated e-mail and the Student Success
Center is notified.
• Student is contacted by retention mentors
who offer support and information
(depending on issue raised by faculty).
BUT WHAT HAS THE BIGGEST IMPACT?
Taking time to get to know and/or meet with your
students individually. This can be done before class, after
class, or during your scheduled office hours. Even a few
minutes during the semester can make a huge difference.
• How are your classes going?
• What are you thinking of majoring in?
• Do you have any concerns about this
class?
• Do you have any questions about
services offered on campus?
• Any frustrations or concerns?
What if faculty interactions resulted
in only 100 more retained students?
92% Utah residents = 92 * $2,228 * 2 = $409,952.00
8% Non-Residents = 8 * $6,396 * 2 =
$102,336.00
-------------------------Total = $512,288.00
More importantly, consider the impact on
the individual student who completes their
goal of earning a college degree. Critical
thinking skills? Future Earning Potential?
Additional faculty resources:
Dixie.edu/StudentSuccess/

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