Source: Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Author: Sarah Wood
Research indicates that students who lack a connection with their institution are less likely to return for the next semester.
However, faculty members can play a role in retainment as they serve as the “biggest advocates” for students’ success, according to Dr. Rosemary A. Costigan, vice president for academic affairs at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI).
“When you speak to students who have graduated or just in passing, they usually can point to a faculty member whose made a difference,” she said.
Seeing how collegiate relationships impact students, the Institute for Evidence-Based Change (IEBC) developed the Caring Campus Initiative. Using funding from the Ascendium Education Group, the program works to build a culture of connectedness at institutions to increase student retention rates.
Read the full article at Diverse Issues in Higher Education.