CSRDE: The Impact Of Institutional Policies On Student Persistence

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Webinar hosted by CSRDE- The Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange.

In this webinar, we will explore how institutional policies, such as those related to registration, can have an impact on student persistence. Southern Arkansas University examined its registration procedures and discovered that 64% of students in Fall 2015 whose schedules were removed for non-payment re-registered for the term. A presidential task force made recommendations to registration procedures. In Spring 2016, the university piloted an extended deadline to make payment before the schedule was removed, included a reinstatement policy if the schedule was removed to guarantee that the student would receive the same schedule, and initiated multiple contacts with students about making payment. Under the old policy, more than 415 students were deregistered in Fall 2015. Under the new policy, the number of students deregistered fell to 62 in Spring 2016 and has ranged from 62-149 students each term. When compared to the old policy (Fall 2015: 64.10%), more students who would have been removed for non-payment also enrolled for the term under the new policy (ranging from 87.50%-94.37%). The university also saw a freshman one-year retention rate increase of over four percentage points between the Fall 2014 cohort and Fall 2018 cohort. These data point to the new policies impacting retention and persistence rates.

Presenter: Jennifer L. Rowsam of Southern Arkansas University

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