Preventing Student Dropout

Student dropout in higher education is a significant problem in the U.S. 48% of full-time students drop out of college, and United States’ graduation rates rank behind most developed countries.

The college dropout epidemic is costly for higher education institutions, reduces the skilled labor force, and shuts out many individuals from a lifetime of increased earnings that a higher education degree provides.

Fortunately, there are many steps higher education institutions can take to increase retention and graduation rates.

Download this toolkit for tips on how to address the three most common factors contributing to attrition:

  1. Academic: Identify areas where institution can improve course delivery and scheduling options, ensure students are prepared for college, and provide additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom
  2. Financial: Understand how to allocate financial assistance into emergency aid grants, improve financial aid offices, and alleviate location and transportation costs.
  3. Student Engagement: Learn where you can increase access to student counseling and support services.

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