Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Achievement and Retention in Postsecondary Occupational Programs

Relative Impact of Interventions to Improve Achievement and Retention in Postsecondary Occupational Programs

May 2012

Two-year colleges are paying increased attention to retention as the negative consequences of non-completion become increasingly apparent. Colleges have been implementing a number of common well-defined interventions (such as first-year study skills courses, learning communities, tutoring, intrusive advising, and culturally based programs), but they lack solid information as to which are most associated with student retention and completion and which students are best served by which interventions. We are studying which interventions and combinations of interventions are most strongly associated with retention and completion for students at two-year colleges, and how student background variables and other characteristics mediate and moderate those associations.