Columbia College Retention Rate Down

1 decade 10 months 2 weeks ago November 15, 2005 Nov 15, 2005 Tuesday, November 15 2005 Tuesday, November 15, 2005 8:13:32 PM CST in News

Columbia College is looking for new ways to hold on to its students. College administrators are trying to keep enrollment up by keeping students happy.  Like most other small liberal arts schools, Columbia College is looking for ways to keep its students. Its retention rate is almost 20 percentage points lower than the state average of 77. And it is 25 percentage points lower than MU's retention rate.  Administrators have hired new freshman advisors to meet with students about developing four year graduation plan.  The college's retention council has more ideas from a student survey.  The college gave out a survey to 350 students Monday. Questions were about the quality of campus facilities and the likelihood of student participation in programs like these put on by the student activities commission. Past student surveys led to the construction of a new student commons area and development of more opportunities for campus involvement. 

"Well they do come up with, every once in a while, they come up with these great things to keep us interested.  It's not a bad idea, I'd say," Columbia College student Albert Levsseur said.

Even with help from the council, retention rates are not getting any better. Administrators say small size and proximity to Mizzou are contributing factors.

When compared to other schools its size, Columbia College has retention rates that are about average.

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