Student retention and persistence to college completion are strongly influenced by factors that are not strictly cognitive or academic in nature. Less than half of student attrition from higher education can be predicted by academic indicators such as SAT/ACT scores and high school GPA. Furthermore, rather than “flunking out” or being academically dismissed, the vast majority of students who withdraw from college are in good academic standing at the time of their withdrawal. These findings point strongly to the need for a comprehensive approach to student retention and success that supports students in a holistic (whole-person) fashion. Join SmarterServices and Dr. Joe Cuseo (student support and retention expert) to learn the key principles of holistic student support and how to delineate specific strategies for putting them into practice.