We know that data should drive decision making regarding the success of our low-income students, but we also know that not all of the individual schools in our Coalition have the resources to efficiently collect, analyze and apply the information available in ways most likely to promote student success. To address that issue, 19 members of the YWM Coalition have collaborated to design, execute and analyze data using a longitudinal design focusing on key variables known to be associated with student persistence and retention. The resulting data are allowing us to make comparisons across and within institutions.
This webinar is the first in a series that will showcase the practices of those institutions that had comparatively strong outcomes with regard to particular sub populations of students. Presenters from Coker College, Calumet College of St. Joseph, and Mercy College will describe the strategies that they feel have led to the comparatively high levels of retention they are achieving with African-American men who entered in 2015 and 2016 ,measured as the percentage of students enrolling in the third semester and the number of credits earned.