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9 Signs Social Engagement Helps Student Retention

9 Signs Social Engagement Helps Student Retention

“While more students than ever choose to head to college after high school, a striking number never complete their education, dropping out years before they obtain their degrees. As a result, student retention has become a major issue for colleges who want to do what they can to stem this tide and help keep students in school until they can complete their studies, an outcome that benefits students and schools alike.

For decades, research has been pointing to social engagement as a key factor in helping improve student retention. While much progress has been made in working toward easing students into the college experience, supporting them, and getting them active with their peers, there’s still much more that can be done, as social engagement can be a pivotal factor in whether a student sticks around to finish his or her studies. Here, we examine some of the research that has been done on the topic and some of the noted effects social engagement has on student retention, highlighting the importance of making students feel safe, happy, and at home no matter what school they choose to attend.

  1. Service learning programs can encourage students to reenroll in classes.  
  2. Long-term student success in college is largely predicted by the experiences encountered in the first year.  
  3. Social engagement is especially important for minority and international student retention. 
  4. Students are more likely to meet high expectations when given academic and social support. 
  5. Student high school experiences and family life influence persistence in college.  
  6. Increased college social media presence is helping students ease the transition into college.  
  7. Student retention increases when students have access to counseling, mentoring, and ethnicity-specific student centers.  
  8. Student-to-student interaction is one of the most important factors in helping students adapt to college life.  
  9. Academic performance increases when students have strong relationships with friends, faculty, and staff.”

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Posted on: August 19, 2012, 6:59 am Category: Uncategorized

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