Toward an Institutional Databases Audit to Improve College Student Persistence

The “institutional databases audit” addresses common challenges of retention research by viewing existing databases and key surveys as resources for analyzing persistence rates. Such an audit helps verify whether student database elements have theoretically derived research referents. Positive results show that institutions can acquire greater understanding of the importance of student databases and data elements in relation to retention rates. The article concludes with descriptions of uses of the audit.

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