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How Colleges Are Solving the Retention Riddle

Retention is a complex issue – more than just a simple metric. Students fail or drop out for myriad reasons, some of them economical, some of them based on performance and frustration. If a student can get through freshman year, he or she is more than likely to go on to graduate. So moving the needle on retention can make a huge difference – both to students who have invested heavily in paying for college, and also for an institution that can save thousands if not millions of dollars by improving retention rates by 10, 15 or 20 percent. This interactive panel will look at levers that can move the retention needle and offer lessons that college leaders can take with them to improve outcomes.

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  1. Learn about the nuances of the issue of retention and what makes it so complex.
  2. Learn how some college leaders and experts are tackling this seemingly intractable problem, and seeing outcomes.
  3. Leave with specific ideas and resources that can begin to solve the retention riddle.


  • Michael Taft, ZogoTech
  • Donald Wood, Odessa College
  • Sally Shankland, McGraw-Hill Education


Tyler Reed, Dir of Communications, McGraw-Hill Education

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