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Alexander, Julie S.; Gardner, John N. – About Campus, 2009
Though many institutions provide an a la carte approach to the first year, Julie Alexander and John Gardner argue that meeting the needs of first-year students requires a cohesive strategic action plan. Here is their practical framework for mapping and developing such a plan.
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Strategic Planning, College Freshmen, Student Needs
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Garcia, Lisa D.; Paz, Chiara C. – About Campus, 2009
Many colleges and universities in the United States offer summer programs for their incoming students. While programs are structured and administered in a variety of ways and target various student populations, the most common type of summer bridge program aims to serve historically underrepresented students and students of low socioeconomic…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Summer Programs, Colleges, Course Content
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Commander, Nannette Evans; Ward, Teresa – About Campus, 2009
Many campuses are adopting freshman learning communities (FLCs) in order to boost retention. FLCs take many forms, but they typically involve enrolling small groups of students in two or more classes together during their first semester in order to create community and promote academic and social involvement. At Georgia State University, a large…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, Methods Research, Research Universities, Research Methodology
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Brier, Ellen M.; Hirschy, Amy S.; Braxton, John M. – About Campus, 2008
The Strategic Retention Initiative is an administrative practice which involves calling all first-year students. The initiative is guided by an institutional commitment to the well-being of students and represents an institutional investment in student persistence. The development and implementation of the Strategic Retention Initiative was…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Integrity, School Holding Power, Theory Practice Relationship
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Smith, Raymond – About Campus, 2003
Examines how one university took on the challenge of improving student retention. Also discusses the impact of this endeavor on the institutional culture. (GCP)
Descriptors: College Environment, College Freshmen, Higher Education, Organizational Culture