Retention Management System Plus

Student retention strategies, college student retention, student retention software

Use our early-alert motivational assessments to increase student success and college completion rates

How can you optimize your student retention efforts?

The early-alert Retention Management System Plus (RMS Plus) is a comprehensive suite of student success surveys and analytics that help you identify which individual undergraduates are most at risk, gauge students' receptivity to assistance in key areas, and immediately connect at-risk students to relevant campus resources.

The resulting reports from these motivational assessments give you actionable summary data for the entire class, for specific subpopulations, and for each individual student to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and timeliness of your student interventions.

Contact us about the College Student Inventory for entering college studentsHave a question about the Retention Management System Plus, or about student retention strategies? Talk with us.

Send us an email or call 1-800-876-1117 and ask to speak to our student retention strategists. Learn how to use the RMS Plus to:

  • Identify which students are at risk and receptive to assistance.
  • Intervene with students earlier, when the chance for success is greater.
  • Create a systematic structure for assessment and intervention at the most critical points during a student's college career.
  • Make retention strategies more effective and efficient by basing them on reliable student data.


Strengthen student persistence through motivational assessment at crucial junctures

The following assessments and analytics are part of the RMS Plus. The reports they produce provide you with non-cognitive data on students' needs and motivations, including specific areas of their receptivity to assistance.

College Student Inventoryfor entering students—Prioritizes student interventions more efficiently by assessing the motivational needs of each incoming cohort and each individual incoming student. Administered before or early in the first term.

Mid-Year Student Assessmentfor students after the first term—Equips you to strengthen student persistence by identifying changes in students' motivational needs at the midpoint of their first year. This is a follow-up post-test for the College Student Inventory.

Second-Year Student Assessmentfor returning sophomores—Prioritizes the concerns of the second-year cohort as a group as well as the specific motivational needs of individual, at-risk students. Also works for transfer students.

Student Retention Predictorfor advanced retention analytics—Identifies the statistical likelihood that each incoming student will persist based on institution-specific predictive modeling and in-depth analytics that include students' motivation levels.

See samples of the student surveys and their resulting reports.

Used with more than 2.6 million students across the U.S.

Beginning with the College Student Inventory in 1988, Ruffalo Noel Levitz is the original pioneer of non-cognitive, motivational assessments for prioritizing student success programming in higher education. For more than 25 years, we have continuously developed and expanded the RMS Plus, based on more than 2.6 million student records from nearly 1,400 colleges and universities.

Access and analyze your data through the online, customized Retention Data Center

The RMS Plus comes with a secure, password-protected website where you manage and act on your student data: The Retention Data Center.

This powerful-yet-intuitive portal provides increased flexibility for using reports and data from the RMS Plus, including multiple student grouping and filtering capabilities. It has varying levels of secure access, so that everyone from administrators to advisors can use it without compromising privacy. You can also add campus-specific supplemental questions to your assessment, and you can add your school logo to the assessment. Learn more.

Save time and resources intervening with students at key junctures

With the RMS Plus, you can identify student risk factors and receptivity to assistance at key transitional points. This helps you prioritize interventions and secure retention results through focused outreach to your students.

Access assessment data in real time, allowing ample opportunity for early interventions

As soon as students complete the surveys, The RMS Plus delivers a wealth of information about your students at the most critical junctures in your their careers: before their first term, as they transition to the second term, and before and during their second year. This allows you to monitor students' needs, as well as which key services they have used and still need to use, while jumpstarting interventions to keep students focused on educational completion.

Marshal your limited resources for student success more effectively

Identifying which students need the greatest assistance and are most receptive to assistance helps you focus your efforts and allocate campus resources more effectively.

Personalize each intervention so it's more meaningful and effective

Make interventions more targeted and individualized, while also showing students how they can take ownership for their success and make use of key campus services.

Increase accountability by using data to guide action and communication

With the RMS Plus, you have the data you need to meet accountability demands and guide your decision making. You'll be able to justify decisions, benchmark your success, and assess your student success initiatives.

Find help when you need it

At every stage of using the RMS Plus, you can contact an experienced Ruffalo Noel Levitz consultant for guidance and assistance. You're never left without the support you need to serve your students.


Send us an email or call 1-800-876-1117 and ask to speak to our student retention strategists about using the RMS Plus or to discuss retention strategies that can work for your campus.

See samples

Check out samples of all the Retention Management System Plus instruments as well as the accompanying reports.

What campus colleagues say

"The College Student Inventory results facilitate relevant conversations during classroom and advising sessions and help tailor information and referrals to the needs of individual students and groups of students."

Pamela Ford, Dean of Enrollment Management, Louisiana Tech University

"I like the College Student Inventory (CSI) because it’s a good starting point with students, helping us to identify what we may not otherwise realize they need, so that we can go in that direction with the conversation. The CSI is helpful for understanding students and the services they may need."

—Cora J. Weger, Director TRIO and Student Support Services Illinois Eastern Community Colleges Lincoln Trail College

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