Begin work towards understanding and closing equity gaps at your institution.
Acquire a theoretical and practical background concerning equitable retention, student success . Enhanced understanding of unjust design in higher education. Initiate an equity-focused analysis of institutional retention and completion evidence that addresses all areas of the institution and students.
Employ a retention framework to identify solutions linked to your equity analysis
Identify internal resources, address barriers, and suggest needed practices that are in alignment with the Retention Framework.Use your institution’s publicly available Integrated Postsecondary Data System (IPEDS) data to help institutional teams see disaggregated outcomes for your students.
Institutional teams receive data visualizations that allow them to compare their own outcomes to those of their identified institutional peers as well as to examples from institutions that have a similar enrollment profile.
Peer comparison cohort so they can speedily explore themselves in relation to their peer institutions inequity and student success
Our team is dedicated to supporting institutions in developing and implementing plans that work in their unique context. We provide guidance on establishing your team, offer feedback throughout the plan-to-plan process, and support implementation to promote sustained and equitable student retention.
An experienced and dedicated Gardner Institute team of facilitators will guide and lead the Academy.
Fees are based on undergraduate enrollment as determined by College Navigator. Fees are assessed per institution, not per individual
Applications are currently being accepted for Fall 2023 and Spring 2024 cohorts. You can apply at this link.
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis; subject to approval. Early registration is recommended. Applications for the Fall 2023 Cohort should be completed by September 15, 2023. Applications are open for the Spring 2024 Cohort starting mid/late March, with actual dates to be confirmed.
• Academic Affairs
• Student Affairs
• Enrollment Management
• Institutional Research
• Financial Aid Services
• Student Success
Your Institution has the option to create a team or utilize an existing team or committee. The individuals will vary by institution, a successful team is one most likely to design and create an equity-focused retention process at your institution.
The synchronous meetings last 90 minutes.
Fall 2023 Cohort will be from 1-3pm on Thursdays. Beginning October 19, 2023.
Spring 2024 Cohort days are not confirmed but will begin in mid/late March.
Depending on the size of your team and how the work is divided we estimate approximately 3 -5 hours per person per week for the 5-week Academy.
You will receive an application confirmation email within 1 week of applying. An agreement will be sent to the person completing the application. Once the agreement has been signed you will receive further information from the Academy facilitators. Please contact email@example.com
The academy is divided into the following four core content modules and an introductory overview:
Module 0: Start Here – Introduction
Module 1 Developing an Antiracist and Equitable Retention Mission
Module 2: Causes of Attrition/Inequities in Retention
Module 3: Analyzing Your Retention/Attrition Evidence through an Anti-racist/Anti-poverty Lens
Module 4: Connecting Evidence to Interventions: Creating Your Equitable Retention Planning Process
Module 5: Developing/Presenting Your Equitable Institutional Planning Process
This process will help your team work through data. You will be able to to compare your student retention with other similar institutions and discover inequitable patterns at your institution.
"The Equity in Retention Academy came at just the right time for us to have equity built in from the start and now it is a given when we talk about the retention of students. You need to do it, everyone needs to do it and the academy gave us a platform and a schedule and a way to start doing it. The task is so huge and there's a lot to answer but having the academy as a starting point was a way to get the ball rolling."
Dr. Alexandra Fitts
Vice Provost and Accreditation Liaison Officer, University of Alaska, Fairbanks