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What Works in Student Retention? Two-Year Public Colleges Wesley R. Habley Randy McClanahan
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What Works In Student Retention? – Two-Year Public Colleges © 2004 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved. 2 Acknowledgments It has been quite some time since ACT has engaged in a comprehensive study of college student retention practices. This study would not have been possible however, had it not been for the earlier efforts of ACT staff members Lee Noel and Susan Cowart who conducted “What Works in Student Retention” studies and published results in 1980 and 1987, respectively. And, this study could not have been completed without the continuing support of Jon Erickson, ACT Vice President of Educational Services. No study of this magnitude could be complete without efforts of a multitalented team. The staff of ACT’s Survey Research Area, directed by Michael Valiga, was the backbone of this team. This team was supportive, creative, thorough, and responsive. Specific thanks go to the following people: Peggy Loveless provided statistical analysis and responded promptly to requests for just one more data run. Vi Bitterman managed a multilevel, complex mailing and return strategy. Elizabeth McBride handled data entry and far more. Elizabeth had the magical ability to massage, manipulate, and mine the database to produce a never-ending stream of charts and tables. Randy McClanahan (co-author) served all phases of this study. She was instrumental in the design of the survey. She supervised the data collection. She wrote the review of the literature and assembled the bibliography. She critiqued the manuscript mercilessly, and necessarily. In an undertaking as major as this survey, one could simply not ask for a better colleague. Deb Anderson is responsible for the production of the final manuscript. Whether interpreting my scribbled notes, gently suggesting changes that should have been obvious, adjusting the size and or tables, and producing unknown number of drafts, Deb has been unflappable and unerring. Deb has always been, and continues to be, my right arm. Finally, I acknowledge the readers of this report, particularly those who recognize that there is much at stake if college students are to be successful. If this report, in some small way, provides the stimulus and creates a resolve to for you to enhance campus retention practices, then it will have served its purpose. Wesley R. Habley, ACT
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What Works In Student Retention? – Two-Year Public Colleges © 2004 by ACT, Inc. All rights reserved. 3 INTRODUCTION: Two-Year Public Colleges This report reflects ACT’s three-decade commitment to assist colleges and universities to better understand the impact of campus practices on college student retention and degree completion.
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