Promoting Student Engagement to Encourage Retention

Topics: Community College, Student Retention and Success, Student Experience, Student Affairs

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Research Questions

  • What co-curricular activities do institutions prioritize to further meaningful student engagement?
  • What initiatives have proven most successful in increasing engagement and retention?
  • What strategies do institutions implement to promote student access and participation in these activities?


Many community colleges are focusing on student engagement and retention initiatives in response to new state funding models that emphasize degree completion. This brief focuses on programs and services that support retention, including academic support services and co-curricular programming. Additionally, the brief reviews the marketing of programs to students and how administrators assess program success.