Keeping Students At Univ. North Dakota Begins Before They Even Get Here

Monday, October 3, 2011

UND is taking new steps in its effort to retain students, but keeping them in class and on track to earn a degree is a job that begins well before they buy their first college textbook or declare a major.

Vice President for Student Affairs Lori Reesor said the first step is attracting and recruiting students to the university. Once they’re accepted, they can go through the long-offered “Getting Started” program, which allows them to tour the campus, arrange their fall schedule and prepare for the next phase of their education.

“But we can’t teach them everything they need to know over a day and a half in the summer,” she said.

Steven Light, associate vice president for academic affairs, said a key piece of the retention efforts revolve around helping the recent high school students become “fully engaged” with the campus and college community as soon as possible.

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