Survey of Best Practices in Retaining Students in Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine (ISBN No:978-157440-435-7 )

The 106-page study looks closely at the efforts of 22 colleges and universities to retain students in these critical areas.  The report presents data on efforts to cultivate STEM students in high school, retention enhancement efforts with tutors, adjunct and full time faculty, teaching assistants and others. In addition, the report presents data on STEM retention, on the percentage of STEM students who leave for other colleges and for non-STEM majors within the college. It looks at staffing for retention including retention staffing specifically for STEM subjects or STEM retention staffers attached to specific academic departments, as well as the use of STEM oriented retention committees.  Other topics covered include efforts to encourage STEM effort buy in from faculty, the role of academic advising, special efforts for minority students, uses of standardized testing and early warning systems and much more.

Data in the report is broken out by type and size of college, by level of tuition and other variables.

Just a few of the report’s many findings are that:

  • Public colleges were much more likely (46.15%) than private colleges (22.22%) to report that their college employed a high-level administrator to promote or maintain STEM enrollment at their institution.
  • More than 55.56% of respondents from private colleges versus only 38.46% of public college respondents reported that their college maintained student retention rates broken down by subject area.
  • The majority of respondents (59.09%) indicated that their college does not offer a preparatory program for STEM students prior to enrolment.



Higher Education Management

Report coverage in this topic area includes: marketing, enrollment and public relations; advancement and fundraising; international and domestic student services; retention and assessment; technology management, facilities managment, and much more.

Law Firm and Law Library Management

Reports in this area can be roughly grouped into 4 types: surveys of law libraries, surveys of attorneys in major law firms, surveys of management personnel in major law firms, and surveys of law school faculty and administrators.


Subject areas covered include: content management, materials purchasing, facilities management, digitization, purchasing and negotiations, open access and digital repositories, personnel management and training, budgeting, fundraising and much more.

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