Supporting Student Success – Increasing Student Retention by Choosing the Right College


April 25, 2019


Jerald L. Henderson

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes


The college landscape can be challenging and in many cases very difficult, especially for those who do not have parents, relatives, or friends that can help them understand what to expect and what to do before and during college.  Issues that impact first generation and/or minority students continue to adversely impact their retention and completion rates.

The issue of college choice comes into play for prospective students if they examine their college choices with a more critical eye. For example, by asking more questions during campus visits and doing more research beyond what is provided on a college's website. Given the high cost of higher education today, it is especially critical for first generation students that institutions become more engaged in assisting high school juniors and seniors with their college selection process. The more research that is done by students regarding their college selection, more likely are they able to choose appropriately and navigate successfully to achieve their educational goals.

As educational data continues to point out the challenges for students persisting and completing their college degree, it becomes very important for traditional high school age students to be more thoughtful about their college selection process. There is a body of research that indicates empirical connections between students’ college choices and their ultimate success (i.e., degree attainment).

This webinar by higher education expert, Jerald L. Henderson, Ph.D., will provide information and strategies on how high school personnel, including administrators, principals and guidance staff, can do better job with preparing students for their college selection process. Jerald will show how they can research more thoroughly and obtain more critical information from those colleges and universities before arriving at a decision.

Session Highlights:

  • The important components of college choice and how it contributes to student success
  • Information and important considerations for high school juniors and seniors who are planning to attend college after high school
  • How high school administrators (e.g., guidance staff) can assist high school juniors and seniors with self-reflection as it relates to student fit
  • How to assist students in researching college websites for critical information
  • How to assist students with formulating and asking key questions when attending a college fair
  • How to assist students with identifying and asking questions when going on a college visit

Benefits of Attending:

  • High school staff (e.g., guidance counselors) will be better able to assist students with defining what a good fit means, based on several self-reflective questions and considerations.
  • High school staff (e.g., guidance counselors) will be able to show students how to conduct in- depth research on those institutions under consideration in preparation for any planned campus visits of those institutions under consideration.
  • School superintendents, district administrators, principals, and guidance staff will be provided with research-based information that can be used in helping students with their college selection process, which can ultimately facilitate their success once they begin.

Also Includes:

  • Live Q&A with speaker
  • References (available upon request)
  • Complimentary copy of book (available upon request)
  • Certificate of attendance

Who Will Benefit:

  • School superintendents
  • District administrators
  • High school principals
  • High school administrators
  • Guidance counselors
  • Other support staff