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updated: 09/29/15

Beyond Retention: Early Identification and Intervention with First-Year Students

presented by

Loralyn Taylor, Paul Smith's College
Virginia McAleese, Paul Smith's College

Date of webinar: November 20, 2013


Recognizing that Early Alerts during the semester may be too late, Paul Smith’s College focused on even earlier identification and intervention with first year students, utilizing predictive modeling and the College Student Inventory (CSI) to identify students who may be at risk. Use of the CSI risk factors was very predictive. Students identified as having five or six risk factors out of six had a 267% increase in withdraw rate, a 179% increase in probation rate, a 49% decrease in good standing and a 42% decrease in average first semester GPA . First time student results are compared to the 3 year average prior to start of the support program and include: an increase in average term GPA of 12%, 15% increase in the percent in good standing, 24% decrease in D and 33% decrease in F final grades, 25% decrease in the percentage of students with at least one D or F grade. After two years, we have demonstrated a 23% increase in associate degree completion in 100% of time. Our student success program has returned over $2 million in increased net student revenue in two years on an investment of less than $250,000.




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