UA Summit on Retention
Hundreds of students, faculty and staff assembled to examine ways to create conditions for greater persistence and completion.
Opening of Summit: Remarks by Dr. Vincent Tinto, "Creating Conditions for Persistence and Completion: Setting the Stage for The University of Akron's Retention and Completion Plan"
Purpose: Based on University of Akron data, research, programs and practice, Dr. Tinto addressed best practices in retention and completion, and the areas that may fit best with our campus culture. He helped us integrate proven concepts, innovative ideas and the contributions of faculty, staff and students into an actionable retention and completion plan.
Address to Summit Sponsors: Remarks by Dr. Tinto, "Creating a Culture of Persistence and Completion"
Purpose: Dr. Tinto draws upon his experience and scholarship, as well as what he has learned from the morning discussions, to assist Summit sponsors in creating the conditions that best enable success of retention and completion efforts.
Special Session on Learning Communities
Purpose: Dr. Tinto is a leading authority on learning communities and shared the elements of highly successful learning communities and advice on how to apply these ideas to the learning communities program at UA to enhance overall effectiveness with students.
Call to Action
Purpose: Dr. Tinto discusses the critical importance of implementation strategies for retention and completion initiatives. Dr. Tinto reflected on all he heard and learned throughout the Summit to help us design an action plan and timeline for successful implementation.
Tinto’s conditions for student success
Clear, consistent and accurate information for students
- Pre-college interventions
- Student success course
- Contextualized academic support
- Supplemental instruction
- Learning communities
- Course re-design
- Cohort programs
- First-year learning communities
- Student organizations
Assessment and Feedback
- Entry assessment and placement
- Early warning
- Classroom assessment
- Contact with students, faculty and staff
- Cooperative learning, Problem/Project-based learning
- “Flipped” classrooms
- Service learning