UH-CCA Leadership Convening on Momentum and First Year Retention

workshop presenters

(Left to right) Donald Straney; Vanessa Keadle, CCA; Bruce Vandal, CCA; Loretta Griffy, Austin Peay; Tristan Denley, University of Georgia; David Lassner.

Campus teams from across the UH System attended an all-day workshop sponsored by Complete College America in September 2018 to learn about, discuss, and work on first year retention strategies. Content experts Tristan Denley and Loretta Griffy presented national best practices and lessons learned around taking 30 credits per year, refining academic maps, taking English and math in the first year, selecting a major in the first year. Academic mindset, a relatively new area, was touched on. UH data validated the key takeaway that all of these strategies work together to increase retention. The UH System’s HGI priorities for AY 2018-19 were also presented.

Presentations (.pdf):

Planning documents:
Pre-Conference Summary of First-Year Retention Activities
Momentum and First Year Planning Templates (Team Activity)
(to be added)

HGI Pre-Conference Presentation at Complete College America 2017 Annual Convening

Hawaii Graduation Initiative presentation to Access to the American Dream Conference, Nov. 29, 2017

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Purpose First Convening, Indianapolis, IN, June 2017

Purpose First Convening, Indianapolis, IN, 6/17

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UH receiving CCA award

Read the full story at UH News