Which universities have the highest student retention rate?
With a growing number of schools struggling to maintain their top-performing students, universities are looking at ways to increase the number of people who stay.
The key is to ensure that retention is at or above 90 per cent.
This is particularly important for universities with the highest enrolment rates.
According to a recent study by the American Council on Education, Harvard University tops the list with a retention rate of 92 per cent for its students.
The University of Western Sydney, also in Western Australia, is second with a 99 per cent retention rate.
The National University of Singapore (NUS) has a retention of 92.3 per cent, while the University of Queensland has a 93 per cent success rate.
However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows.
Universities with the lowest retention rate have the largest impact on their students, as a student’s school experiences an impact on the long-term prospects of their career.
These include the impact on student retention of a university’s low number of graduates.
Some universities are trying to address this by increasing enrolment, including the University on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.
In a bid to ensure a high retention rate, the University was able to recruit more students to the University, while keeping the same number of academics on campus.
The Sunshine Coast is one of the most diverse places in the country.
There are almost 40 per cent indigenous students, according to the Queensland Government.
The number of students from the Sunshine region is higher than the national average of 15 per cent per head, but still below the national averages of 28 per cent and 34 per cent respectively.
The universities aim to have a better mix of students, with fewer Indigenous students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds.
In its submission to the Higher Education Commission, the NUS points out that the Sunshine Region is a more welcoming environment than most other areas of the state.
The university also noted that it has an “excellent retention rate”, with 90 per per cent of its students staying at least five years.
It also highlighted the university’s strong commitment to diversity.
The NUS also highlighted that it invests in training and retention, with an overall retention rate between 73 per cent to 78 per cent compared to the national national average.
“Students’ experience of their university, in particular their experience of the university, is a key driver of their retention, which is why retention is so important,” it said.
“Faculty and staff are the most visible members of the community that the university serves, so it is important to ensure the university is engaging in activities and supporting the communities it serves.”