Move the needle on student success

5 ways a degree planning solutions improves retention

The current approach is simply not working

According to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, barely half of U.S. students enrolled in 2010 completed their degrees—a 2.1% decline over the previous year’s cohort. This finding applies to students across the board, regardless of age, full- or part-time attendance, and type of institution.

Failure to graduate is costly for students, both in lost tuition and in the lost income a postsecondary degree usually affords them. It’s also costly for institutions whose reputations, enrollment, and funding are tied to student success.

Fortunately, a degree planning tool can make all the difference.

Download the eBook for the top 5 ways a degree planning tool keeps students on track, including:

  1. Helps students avoid unnecessary courses: Clear “on-track” and “on-time” indicators; pre-loaded degree plans that make pre-requisites and course sequencing easier to understand; and sample plans—all keep students from taking unnecessary courses and dropping out due to time or financial constraints.
  2. Improves advisor efficiency: According to the National Survey of Student Engagment, 33% of first year students met with an advisor less than two times and 23% just once. A degree planning solution can help automate daily manual tasks, such as course scheduling, freeing advisors to spend more time with at-risk students and improving the advisor/student relationship over time.
  3. Increases on-time graduation: On average, students take 14 additional credits than required to complete their Bachelor’s degree. Giving students tools to develop and track their course of study increases the likelihood they’ll graduate. And this same planning makes it possible for institutions to offer the courses students need.
  4. Fosters an environment of student empowerment: Many students don’t take advantage of their academic advisors, leaving them without a comprehensive plan to graduate on time. And many first-generation college students might be unfamiliar with the process or who to ask for help. A degree planner gives students a greater sense of control over their path to graduation, making expectations and progress easy to understand every step of the way.
  5. Enables more personalized support: Today’s students run the gamut racially, ethnically, and socially and they struggle with financial, academic, social, and emotional challenges. That’s why advisors need to provide individualized support. When advisors don’t have to navigate a confusing system, they dedicate more time to students’ individual needs and interests in guiding them toward the right classes.

Download the eBook for more data and insights.

To learn how Ellucian can help your organization meet its student success goals, please visit our Student Recruiting and Retention webpage.