A Focus on Intervention

The Faculty as the First Line of Defense

Faculty members play a key role in identifying students who may be at risk of dropping out. Teach your faculty to look for and report the following early-warning signs in students:

Address these issues immediately, before a student becomes too overwhelmed to see any options other than dropping out. To help mitigate such situations and achieve your retention goals, encourage your faculty to:

The Financial Aid Office as the First Line of Defense

Financial issues are a primary reason that students do not complete their education. Many students struggle with the high cost of college and choose to pursue full-time employment instead. Your Financial Aid Office should work closely with any student who:

If you don't already, consider implementing the following financial solutions on your campus:

The Admissions Team as the First Line of Defense

The admissions team's role in retention is primarily strategic, since it is up to admissions to define the standards that students must meet to attend your school. To keep retention rates in check and provide early intervention, the admissions team should look a little more closely at any student who:

Here are a few potential solutions that the admissions team may want to consider:

Students as the First Line of Defense

One great way to improve your retention rate is to create a sense of community on your campus that allows every individual to prosper and succeed. Encourage your students to look out for each other in ways that faculty and staff cannot. Students are likely to be the first people on campus to spot others who:

Many students may not know about your support services, so you need to get the word out. By publicizing this information, you create a student body who can point classmates to an appropriate solution. Here are a few things you can do on your campus to build a better network of support:

Early Intervention Is a Campus-Wide Effort

You can't do it alone. Faculty, staff, and students can all serve as your first lines of defense when it comes to early intervention. Spot the warning signs and be prepared to help.