Retention of students is complex and there are many things that can be done to increase retention and success for students at BSU…but let me simplify it for us:

1. Recruiting students who are well prepared for college and providing high levels of support for those who are not results in higher retention

2. Relevant, experiential-based learning (projects, field-based work, hands-on, etc.) where students have input into planning the learning activities and assessing their personal progress results in higher retention

3. High levels of student engagement in clubs, organizations, sports, etc. (co-curriculars) results in higher retention

4. Quality service and cordial treatment of students in all areas of the university results in higher retention

5. Close working relationships between students and faculty members result in higher retention