Student Retention and Completion Report 2013

Noel-Levitz recently shared the 2013 Student Retention and College Completion Report by Noel-Levitz based on the responses of an electronic survey sent via email to degree-granting institutions in the U.S. Reponses came from 263 public and private, 2-year and 4-year colleges and institutions about 87 items/factors related to retention and college completion.

Highlights (taken directly from the report) include:

  • Academic support programs, first-year student programs, and honor programs emerged as the top-ranked, most effective strategies and tactics across higher education.
  • Mandatory advising by professional staff, one-on-one, was also among the top-ranked practices across institution types.
  • Tracking students’ persistence and progression patterns, term by term, ranked at or near the top for four-year private and public institutions in a new category in this year’s report: “Top 10 internal operations practices.”
  • Programming designed specifically for students of color was rated a top practice in 2013 for two-year public institutions.

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