Staff editorial: Solution to raise retention complex



There is no simple solution for building strong retention rates at the University, but the process may begin at the application stage with a focus on getting new students informed and involved.

The University has an easy, free application.

While this ease may tempt some students to apply, the lack of effort involved, such as no essay requirement, may bring in students who do not have initial interest and loyalty to the University.

Some students consider the University a temporary solution and attend only until they gain acceptance to another school.

The University needs to focus on becoming more competitive to attract interested students.

There may need to be a minimal application fee or a short essay to deter students who are not truly drawn to the University.  Retention begins at the application.

The application also shows how much scholarship money the University will offer applicants if they attend.

This can be a substantial amount, but once students enroll and costs begin to mount, they may panic and transfer.

While scholarships are helpful, it is important for prospective students to realize that the money offered must be spread over eight semesters.

Students need to have a clear understanding of the tuition costs before enrolling.

Once a student begins attending the University, it is important to get involved in activities outside the classroom.

Without getting connected and building relationships, it is difficult to feel a sense of belonging that is vital for a positive campus experience. Without this feeling of belonging, students are prone to transfer.

The University provides easy access to clubs and activity information through various forms.

Students get information by attending organization fairs, accessing Husky Sync or talking to other students to find activities that interest them.

It is up to students to utilize this information and get involved to have an enjoyable experience at the University.

To raise retention rates, the University needs to focus on attracting informed students interested in what the University has to offer.

Opinion, Staff Editorial