How FSU increased retention of first-generation, low-income students by 11.3%

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How FSU increased retention of first-generation, low-income students by 11.3%

Case Study

About: Florida State University (FSU) enrolls 31,000 undergraduate students and has a six-year graduation rate of 80%. The Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) is FSU’s central office for preparing, recruiting, and ensuring the success of first-generation, socioeconomically disadvantaged students. CARE currently serves approximately 1,500 students.

Challenge: In analyzing the progression of CARE students, FSU recognized a significant drop-off in the retention of sophomores. FSU needed to more effectively and efficiently integrate student academic information into the individualized attention CARE provides.

Solution: FSU now requires all CARE sophomores to participate in College Life Coaching. Coaches use EAB Campus to enhance their impact and improve the overall experience for these students.

Impact: The most dramatic outcome of College Life Coaching for CARE sophomores has been a significant increase in retention from sophomore to junior year, with the largest gains coming in the last two years as FSU began using EAB technology.