2015 Student Retention Indicators Benchmark Report

Benchmark comparisons of term-to-term persistence rates, progression rates, and retention for first-year (FTIC) and second-year students

This report provides benchmarks for college and university student retention indicators including term-to-term persistence, credit hours attempted vs completed, and institutional selectivity.

Download this biennial report (below) to compare persistence, progression, and retention rates with those of other four-year or two-year institutions. The report is based on a web-based poll of campus officials in the fall of 2014.

Included are persistence benchmarks for the first two years of college, progression benchmarks such as the number of credit hours completed vs. attempted in terms one and two, and fall-to-fall retention benchmarks for three groups: FTIC, second-year students, and conditionally-admitted students.

Also included are recommendations from Noel-Levitz on how to use the benchmarks to increase completion and graduation rates, including how to set more realistic goals and subgoals for specific student populations.

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