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    American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 520, Washington D.C. 20036, (202) 263-0288. The mission of AACRAO is to provide professional development, guidelines and voluntary standards to be used by higher education officials regarding the best practices in records management, admissions, enrollment management, administrative information technology and student services. AACRAO publishes numerous publications on strategic enrollment management and often feature practical approaches to enrollment management at the annual conference.

    American Counseling Association,, 5999 Stevenson Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304, (800) 347-6647. ACA is a professional and educational organization dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. By providing leadership training, publications, continuing education opportunities, and advocacy services to nearly 52,000 members, ACA helps counseling professionals develop their skills and expand their knowledge base. ACA has been instrumental in setting professional and ethical standards for the counseling profession. The association has made considerable strides in accreditation, licensure, and national certification.

    Collegeways, Collegeways provides retention resources to individuals and educational institutions such as a journal, listserv, and on-line retention bibliography. The aim of the web site is to provide researchers and practitioners with a comprehensive resource for information on student retention.

    Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange 1700 Asp Ave. Norman, OK 73072; (405) 325-2158. Since 1994, the Consortium has coordinated the data-sharing activities of a diverse group nearly 500 4-year and 2-year degree-granting institutions representing every level of Carnegie classification from Doctoral through Baccalaureate, public and private, large and small institutions. The activities of the Consortium are supported by membership fees. Through cooperative data-exchange efforts of the members, CSRDE collects and analyzes student retention and graduation data not available through public sources such as IPEDS.

    Council for the Advancement of Standards, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20036-1188, (202) 862-1400. CAS has been the pre-eminent force for promoting standards in student affairs, student services, and student development programs since its inception in 1979. CAS continues to create a credible "Blue Book" of Standards and Guidelines and Self - Assessment Guides that lead to a host of quality-controlled programs and services. These respond to real-time student needs, the requirements of sound pedagogy, and the effective management of 29 functional areas, consistent with institutional missions.

    Educational Policy Institute, The EPI is a non-profit organization dedicated to policy-based research on educational opportunity for all students. In addition to policy reports, several manuals on student retention can be downloaded from the web site.

    Learning Support Centers in Higher Education, Through this web portal a person can review the history of learning support centers in higher education along with relevant information concerning learning assistance and its impact upon student persistence. Through the web site are available full-text articles based on best practices in learning assistance, updated calendar of conferences that may be useful for learning support center directors and staff along with an extensive bibliography, related book and periodical reviews, professional development courses and degrees, links to related professional association web sites and listservs -- all focused on the needs of learning support center directors.

    National Academic Advising Association,, Kansas State University, 2323 Anderson Ave, Suite 225, Manhattan, KS 66502-2912; (785) 532-5717. This web site provides publications, articles, and bibliographies related to student retention in general and the role of academic advising in particular with increasing student success and persistence. Their regional and national conferences often features presentation related to student retention issues.

    National Orientation Directors Association,, NODA Home Office, University of Michigan - Flint, 375 University Center, Flint, MI 48502-1950, (810) 424-5513. The National Orientation Directors Association (NODA) was chartered in 1976 and continues the tradition of orientation, retention and transition professionals who have met annually for over 40 years. National and regional networks address special interests such as the adult learner, two-year and small colleges, Canadian colleges, multi-ethnic affairs, GLBT issues and parent services. NODA publishes a number of publications related to student transition and persistence and hosts conferences.

    National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition,; Columbia, SC 29208; (803) 777-5281 or 777-6029. The Center provides bibliographies, listservs, research studies, curriculum, publications, teleconferences, national conferences, and other resources that relate to student persistence.

    Noel-Levitz Centers, 5161 E. Arapahoe Road, Suite 100, Littleton, CO 80122, (800) 628-7216. While the primary purpose of Noel-Levitz is to provide fee-based consulting and student assessment services concerning recruitment and retention of students, their web site provides a variety of free written reports concerning student retention. It also provides a directory and short description of the annual award winners of the student retention awards since 1989. Their annual conference showcases enrollment management programs from across the U.S. In 1984 the original Noel-Levitz Centers was established in Iowa City, Iowa, by Dr. Lee Noel and Dr. Randi Levitz, recruitment and retention authorities then with ACT's National Center for Advancement of Educational Practices.

    Policy Center on the First Year of College;; Brevard College, 400 N. Broad St., Duplex #1, Brevard, NC 28712, (828) 966-5401. The Policy Center has as its basic mission the improvement of the first college year through enhanced learning outcomes and the success of first-year students. A focus of the Policy Center is the development and dissemination of a range of first-year assessment procedures and tools that can be used to strengthen or confirm practices in the curriculum, the co-curriculum, and institutional policy. In addition to improving practice, this process will contribute to the body of research on best practices in first-year programs. The Policy Center is an extension of the work of John N. Gardner and his colleagues at the University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. The two entities work cooperatively on issues for the success of first-year students.



    Multicultrual Awareness Project for Institutional Transformation (MAP-IT) booklet[ Web Site]. The document including the guiding principles, four questionnairs, and the extensive bibliography is available as well. This material allows a college to conduct an analysis of itself regarding institutional climate for diverse students. It provides a forum to identify issues and to work towards solutions to change the institution's climate to better meet the needs of the growing diverse student body.

    MnSCU "best practices" for recruitment and retention of students of color [PDF]. During fall of 2002, the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) Student Affairs staff reviewed almost one thousand college and university web pages describing activities dealing with the recruitment and retention of students of color, in order to determine what practices were most effective in helping institutions achieve their recruitment and retention goals.

    College completion study [PDF]. This is the U.S. Government Accounting Office report to Congress concerning the current state of college graduation rates and action steps being taken by institutions and states to increase success rate.  The GAO report concludes with recommendations.

    Habley, W. R., & McClanahan, R. (2004). What works in student retention? Iowa City, IA: American College Testing Service    . Based upon the annual survey of U.S. Colleges by the American College Testing Service, several reports are available on factors related to student retention at various types of institutions. Retrieved February 21, 2005, from

    James, D. W., Jurich, S., & Estes, S. (2001). Raising minority academic achievement: A compendium of education programs and practices. Washington, D.C.: American Youth Policy Forum. This directory provides information about many programs that are designed to improve the academic success of students of color in American colleges. Retrieved March 15, 2005, from

    Myers, R. D. (2004). College success programs. Washington, D.C.: Pathways to College Network [Web Site].  This directory identifies many programs with documented success with improving student retention.

    Swail, W. S. (2003). Retaining minority students in higher education: A framework for success. ASHE-ERIC Higher Education Report, Volume 20, Number 2. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Periodicals. This monograph provides many recommendations for improving the retention of students of color. Retrieved January 12, 2005, from:

    Swail, W. S. (2003). The art of student retention: A handbook for practitioners and administrators. Stafford, VA: Educational Policy Institute. This extensive monograph provides practial suggestions for improving student retention. Retrieved January 12, 2005, from

    Thomas, L., Quinn, J., Stack, K., & Casey, L. (2003). Effective approaches to retaining students in higher education. Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom: Institute for Access Studies, Staffordshire University [PDF].  This directory provides an overview of various student retention programs implemented at postsecondary institutions in the United Kingdom.



    Arendale, D. Annotated bibliography of postsecondary peer cooperative learning programs.

    Collegeways. Student retention bibliography.

    Pathways to College Network. Perspectives in postsecondary education programs and student support interventions bibliography.