Kentucky Wesleyan College Takes on Challenge of Retaining Students.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Kentucky Wesleyan College (KWC) has announced a collaboration with the Public Conversations Project, a social change agent and provider of Reflective Structured Dialogue (RSD), to address the growing challenge of retaining students.

Established in 1989, the Public Conversations Project is a Boston-based nonprofit that uses Reflective Structured Dialogue in its collaborative work with campuses throughout the United States to address common issues such as student retention, tension between departments, and difficulties spurred by power and tenure.

"We chose to work with the Public Conversations Project because of their deep roots in dialogue techniques, advanced collaboration capabilities and successful track record, which is absolutely critical to our success in addressing some of the challenges facing many institutions," said Dr. Craig Turner, President of KWC. The recent workshop at KWC is one of four workshops offered by the Public Conversations Project that address key issues on college campuses today.

Public Conversations’ approach customizes workshops to meet each college’s unique needs with a focus on helping faculty and administration more deeply think through issues and learn from each other. “We use case studies that embody the problems that teachers are encountering and help them create solutions that are unique to their own campus,” explained Public Conversations’ Senior Vice President Bob Stains.

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