Enrollment

The Retention Guru

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Two decades ago, Xavier University could only count on three of every four freshmen returning for sophomore year. Even fewer made it to graduation.

Today, though, close to 9 of every 10 students who start freshman year at the Jesuit university in Cincinnati make it back the next fall. Seven in 10 will graduate in four years, and another one will likely graduate in the two years after that.

A Major Push on Advising

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In an effort to improve its disappointing retention rates, Portland State University will increase its team of academic advisers from 10 to 24 this fall. The move follows a decision to make advising a mandatory element of the incoming class’ college experience.

For-Profit, Without Profit

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Investors pledged to rescue a struggling nonprofit, but as its leadership keeps changing and its enrollment lags, university is on verge of losing accreditation.

Does Drake Ad Pass?

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Some see new “D+” campaign as edgy, while others say it really flunks the branding test.

The Quest to Get Into Class

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Community colleges around the country try to accommodate fall's enrollment boom with waiting lists, more adjunct faculty and creative advising.

Ditching Fall Semester

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U. of Florida considers giving incoming students option of taking classes during spring and summer terms only — throughout their time at the university.

Worries Over a 2-to-1 Ratio

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College of Charleston considers: How large an undergraduate gender gap is too large? And how can the institution attract more men?

Saviors or Sellouts?

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At national gathering of admissions leaders, enrollment managers try to redefine the way they are viewed, stressing their role in retention as much as recruitment.

Calculating the Cost of Dropouts

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Report aims to put a price tag on students who don't complete the first year -- using a method others denounce.

Medical Schools Slowly Grow

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First-year enrollment gains a bit over all at U.S. institutions, with numbers most dramatic for underrepresented minorities.

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