Recruitment & Retention


Personalized Text Messages Boost STEM Student Persistence in Community College Study

In a randomized trial this past summer, community college students in STEM fields who received personalized text message "nudges" to keep them on track stayed in school at a rate 10 percentage points higher than those who did not receive nudges. The study, a joint effort by Jobs for the Future and Persistence Plus, followed about 2,000 students at four U.S. community colleges to gauge the impact of text message communications on college completion and student success.

Data-Savvy College Presidents 'Remain the Exception'

An American Council on Education survey found that only 12 percent of college and university presidents ranked the use of institutional research and evidence in the top five areas of growing importance for the future.

A PAR Update and Vision for Predictive Analytics in the Transformation of Education

Hobsons VP for Research Ellen Wagner provides an update on the Predictive Analytics Reporting Framework (PAR), as well as her vision of more general directions in predictive analytics for education.

Michigan CC Masters Student Transfer Processes

To counter a "complex and confusing" college transfer process, a community college in Michigan has dug in to figure out ways to simplify transfers for its students. The result, as explained in a new report from the Community College Research Center and a "playbook" issued by the project's lead investigator, is the development of 225 distinct plans with partner institutions intended to streamline the transfer process for students and improve their success rates.

Online and Adult Learners More Satisfied with College Experience than Traditional Students

According to a new national survey, online and adult students are generally more satisfied with their overall college experience than traditional on-campus students.



Community College ASAP Efforts Continue Helping Years Later

Seven years ago an experiment took place in the City University of New York involving low-income students with remedial education needs. About half of eligible spring and fall 2010 students knowingly participated in the "Accelerated Study in Associate Programs" (ASAP) project, which was meant to address low graduation rates for students pursuing an associate's degree.

Report: Most Colleges and Universities Have Changed Org Structure to Support Student Success

Nearly three-quarters, 73 percent, of higher education institutions have changed their organizational structure to support student success initiatives in the last two years, according to a new report.

Research: Pathways, Prioritization and Tailored Advising Boost Transfer Rates

While 80 percent of students in community colleges expect to go for a bachelor's degree, within six years just a third transfer to a four-year school, and less than 15 percent earn their bachelor's.

Purdue App Puts Learning Data into Students' Hands

Engineering students at Purdue University can track their study behaviors with Pattern, a quantified-self tool designed to help learners regulate and improve their habits.

Tuition Cuts Less Effective than Increased College Spending for Retention

In a recent study, researchers found that increased institutional spending led to higher persistence in enrollment of students and to greater degree completion than tuition reductions.

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