Jumpstart Student Retention


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"We are more concerned about students finishing than students starting."

"So, amongst all public regional universities in the eight intermountain west states, Southern Utah University has the highest graduation rate, and you don't get a high graduation rate, unless you continually improve your retention rate—the number of students that come back for the second year. "

"But there hasn't been, over the last decades, a lot of effort put into seeing how much teaching itself can have an influence on retention. Until recently. "

"So there are a couple questions that we would ask about the success of this program and one question is, “Is learning better?” And another question is, “Is retention better?” They are both important."

"But the point is, is that our Jumpstart program has...we have invested our very best, experienced, tenured faculty members in a freshman experience that is dynamic and integrated. And the result seems to suggest that that the outcomes go way up."

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