Carteret Community College Title III Grant

February 1, 2007

Retention Issues Addressed

Filed under: Retention Issues — Don Staub @ 3:30 pm

Click this link to listen to some interesting and innovative retention stratagies being explored by some NC Colleges.

NPR Radio Link


  1. good stuff. I hope everyone hears what 4 years are doing to retain and encourage that community colleges have not done in the past. We need to keep up our efforts to engage, encourage and acknowledge these students. Building community with our students is important. Beth

    Comment by babsbunny — February 1, 2007 @ 4:07 pm | Reply

  2. It’s a full hour about retention. As Beth mentioned, it’s all good, and mostly about 4-year schools. However, if you want to zero-in on the community college discussion, skip ahead to 32:00 and hear comments from Wanda White, Director of Student Development Services at the NCCCS.

    Comment by ccctitle3 — February 1, 2007 @ 6:57 pm | Reply

  3. This seems to be a multifaceted and somewhat complex issue and what may work at the University level may not always be appropriate or feasable at the Community College level. There is no magic bullet when it comes to student retention in my opinion, because there are so many unique variables and issues that impact a students success in college and his/her ability so go the distance in a specified program. I would suppose step 1 would be identifying the key issues that are keeping students from finishing programs. As a veteran instructor I deal with many of these issues (in the trenches) day in and day out. Many of our students live “on the edge” as far as financially and in non-traditional family environments. One set-back can create a domino effect for a student which culminates with the student dropping out of school. Many students just aren’t prepared academically, financially and/or emotionally for college and are doomed to fail without serious proactive counciling and assistance on a variety of levels. Luckily with programs like Trio and now the Title III grant we can (and have been) addressing some of these concerns, but I see it as imperitive (if we are going to make a dent in this) that we create a heightened awareness of retention issues (and solutions) campus wide. Everyone at CCC plays a role in this – not just faculty.

    my thoughts…Patrick Keough and yes…that’s Don’s picture next to me – I don’t know what that is about 🙂

    Comment by ccctitle3 — February 1, 2007 @ 8:22 pm | Reply

  4. Yes, I believe that retention is a multifaceted issue. Many of the strategies employed by the four year schools work well with their populations, but not so well for ours. Many people heading off to four year schools are prepared for what they face in the college experience- the majority of ours simply are not. Reading comprehension is a major challenge for many of our students at CCC. I pwul dlike to see us discuss retentionat a course and department level. Are they ways to look at the specific disciplines and better our retention rates. The same for distance learning? Just my thoughts…..

    Comment by Johnny Underwood — February 2, 2007 @ 7:13 pm | Reply

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