Retention by First-Time Full-Time Freshmen
Monitoring retention rates is important because students who return the second year are more likely to graduate. Student characteristics and behaviors, such as preparation for college, motivation and engagement, time spent studying, finances, work, and family obligations affect retention rates. Institutional characteristics also affect retention rates. Although institutions that enroll better-prepared students who are traditional freshmen and who live on campus have higher retention rates, institutions that make personal connections with students and have high levels of faculty involvement with students also retain students at higher rates (Source: USG).
GC GOAL: The goal for GC's one-year retention rate is improve it each year over year for a five period. Ultimately the institution would like to be in the high 80 percentiles by the end of the five-year period. The rationale for improving the one-year retention rate is tied to the strategic plan of increasing the selective nature of our students, offering student experiences to better engage the students, and provide resources to support student experiences while enrolled.