This workshop presents a systems approach to retention and graduation based on our field-tested constructs and best practices nationwide.

Training Prerequisites: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students, Investigations into Economic Class in America, Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

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Colleges and universities struggle with retention and graduation rates, especially for under-resourced and first-generation students.

Nationally just one third of under-resourced students achieve a postsecondary certificate or degree within six years of enrolling. Six years to graduate 33%? These are numbers we can improve.

Campuses have resources to help students, so why do they work for some students and not others?

This systems approach to retention and graduation is based on field-tested constructs and best practices. Engaging learning environments prepare under-resourced students for campus and civic engagement.

Help your students discover they are problem solvers and tackle tough issues on campus and in the community. Faculty, staff, and community members form actionable partnerships that address student needs and provide long-term support after graduation.

Many model programs require significant grants or other funding to implement. College Achievement Alliance provides a flexible framework and action steps that can be implemented without substantial new dollars.

Participants in College Retention and Engagement:

  • Understand the program components, strategic plans, and accreditation requirements.
  • Align existing strengths and resources.
  • Gain strategic tools to accelerate committee work.
  • Establish the institution as part of a sustainable community initiative.


Related/supplemental material:

Understanding and Engaging Under-Resourced College Students book coverInvestigations into Economic Class in America setInvestigations into Economic Class in America workbook