Student Retention and Graduation Workshops

First Generation College Students: Pipeline to Degree Completion
While 80% of the future jobs in America will require the skills that a college education provides, only 15% of first generation college students complete degrees of higher education within a 6 year timeframe (NCES, 2009; Ishitani, 2006; Wilmer, 2008). To effectively engage our first-generation college student population, a more formal understanding of their background, needs, and degree completion strategies specifically related to their needs is necessary. This workshop is designed for administrators, faculty, and staff.

The Challenges of Persisting First Generation College Students: A Comparative Analysis of Educational Outcomes between Students with TRIO Support and Those Without
First generation college students have similar issues dealing with cultural capital or the lack thereof. While programs such as TRIO are geared towards assisting first-generation, as well as veterans and low-income students complete degrees of higher education, there are many colleges and universities that do not offer assistance that specifically address the unique needs of first generation college students. During this workshop the unique challenges of first generation college students, factors that contribute to their success, as well as strategies to increase the persistence and degree completion rate of this generational cohort are explored.

The First Year College Student
The first year of college marks a period of time when many young adults experienced significant social, emotional, and physical changes. Nationally, approximately 25% of non-first generation college students and 71% of first generation college students entering college discontinue their pursuit of a degree after their first year (Bradbury & Mather, 2009; Domingo et al., 2006; NCES, 2009). This student engagement workshop provides tips and researched based techniques to further equip first-year and first generation college students alike to persist and complete degrees of higher education.

Creating the “Perfect” Study Skills for YOU!
Data shows that only 25% of high school graduates who took the ACT test were ready for college-level work (ACT, 2012). Unfortunately many college students are not receiving the college prep needed to develop effective study skills. During this student engagement workshop students are engaged in activities and discussion that allow them to further understand their learning styles, while also equipping them with research based study strategies to assist in developing great study skills.

Persistence and Degree Completion
College is an important rite of passage. Second to China, the United States has the largest rate of college enrollment in the world (Altbach, Reisberg, & Rumbley, 2010). Enrollment at colleges and universities is projected to increase, so to does the population of first-generation college students. Techniques to further equip college students, especially first- year and first generation college students with tangible skills to persist and complete degrees of higher education is necessary. Consider this student engagement workshop to support your institution’s retention and degree completion initiatives.

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Dr. Kizart has a thorough knowledge of student development theory and its practical application. She exhibits a calm, but tenacious approach to meeting the needs of the students, faculty and staff. I have not had occasion to meet anyone more dedicated, positive and indefatigable as Dr. Kizart.
Dr. Thomas A. Walker
President, Wayne Community College
Goldsboro NC

Dr. Kizart is a consummate professional dedicated to student development and success. I had the opportunity of attending one of Dr. Kizart’s professional development seminars, and was impressed by her strategies for student retention and graduation. Dr. Kizart’s proposals were practical, easy to implement, and grounded in research and personal experience.
Ssebunya Edward Kasule, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Political Science
St. Louis Community College