John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education

Gardner Institute Selects Eight Retention Performance Management™ Founding Institutions

February 18, 2015adminInstitute News0

The John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a national non-profit focused on helping higher education institutions improve student learning, persistence and completion, is pleased to announce the eight institutions that have been selected as the founding cohort for the Retention Performance Management™ (RPM) process. The Gardner Institute’s new RPM process helps institutions develop and successfully implement a plan to retain the students they admit – an outcome critical to fulfilling institutional mission and maintaining financial stability.

Each institution will work collaboratively with the Gardner Institute for up to two years to analyze student data and subsequently create and implement a plan to improve retention. The colleges and universities will respectively focus on a specific cohort of students such as first year, sophomores or various subpopulations such as first-generation or low-income students.

The eight Gardner Institute RPM Founding Institutions are:

Brevard College, Brevard, NC
Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM
Montreat College, Montreat, NC
Rivier University, Nashua, NH
Texas A&M University – Kingsville, Kingsville, TX
University of Montevallo, Montevallo, Alabama
University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Platteville, WI
Whittier College, Whittier, CA

“Our decade-and-a-half of experience as a non-profit focused on undergraduate excellence has firmly reinforced the lesson that taking substantive, evidence-based steps to improve retention can be a difficult process for any educational institution. But doing so is absolutely necessary for the institutions as well as the students and communities they serve.” said Dr. Andrew Koch, the Gardner Institute’s Executive Vice President.

“These eight institutions were selected to participate in the inaugural RPM cohort due to their strong commitment to student learning and success. They are working with the Gardner Institute to avoid ‘reinventing the retention improvement wheel’ while they create and then implement a comprehensive retention plan.” Koch added.

“We look forward to working with these institutions,” commented Dr. John Gardner, President of the Gardner Institute. “The lessons learned will shape both what these institutions do, and also what the Gardner Institute does with future RPM cohorts.”

The RPM founding institutions recently began their efforts. The Gardner Institute is currently accepting applications from colleges and/or universities interested in joining the next RPM cohort. The application due date is September 15, 2015.

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