Students leave college for a variety of reasons. Most of those reasons fall into one of seven broad areas, what we’re calling Attrition Roots. The core of the Madison College Retention Plan is the work of seven groups, one for each Attrition Root, that will assess and address causes and practices associated with each.
Teaching and Learning – will create strategies that can improve retention by examining instructional and classroom (faculty-student interaction) processes for student centeredness, friendliness, inclusiveness, ways to support and encourage faculty development and will review related instructional practices for effectiveness.
Academic Preparation – will create strategies that impact retention by addressing and improving the academic readiness of our students.
Cognitive and Academic Skills – will create strategies to improve our students’ cognitive (thinking, problem solving) and college readiness (note taking, time management, expectations of college) skills.
Motivational – will examine institutional processes and create strategies that can increase retention by improving or positively impacting student motivation, potentially increasing their engagement with and connection to Madison College.
Psychosocial – will create strategies that can impact retention by addressing and improving students’ connection to the college through social and emotional support resources (i.e. social engagement/interaction; peer support).
Financial – will create strategies that can impact retention by addressing and improving students’ understanding of the financial aid process, the value of a college education, the cost of attrition/withdrawing, and financial literacy.
Institutional and Organizational – will create strategies that can improve retention by examining institutional processes for student centeredness, friendliness, assessing our climate for inclusiveness, and reviewing similar practices for effectiveness.