Retention Redesign

Building a team to improve student success and retention

Institutional performance has a powerful impact on student success. So when it comes to monitoring and assessing student outcomes, it’s important to use a collaborative approach. Retention Performance Management uses a task force-based assessment model to drive your structured planning and implementation processes forward. By involving faculty, staff and students in the decision-making process, everyone can have a voice in retention redesign.
With Retention Performance Management, your campus will have a shared commitment to achieving success, along with improved student success outcomes and stronger retention efforts.
Ensure that all of your stakeholders are fully on board for driving meaningful performance gains and achieving positive student outcomes.

Who Should Participate

  • Two and Four Year Institutions 
  • Public and Private
  • Schools with declining enrollment and retention rates

How You’ll Benefit

  • Keep more of the students you admit— an outcome critical to fulfilling your mission and maintaining financial stability.
  • Collaborate for Optimal Results – Benefit from first-rate student success advice & support, with a model built on a shared decision-making process.
  • Easy and Streamlined Data Collection – Collect valuable information and feedback quickly and easily with provided data collection templates and analytics tools.
  • Unparalleled Guidance – Receive the best guidance to make informed, data-based decisions on retention & completion initiatives.

Now Accepting Applications

Boost student retention with an easy-to-use data analytics tool and cost-effective retention advice & support.

At the Gardner Institute we understand that student success is a key part of an institution’s mission and a vital component of maintaining financial stability. Retention Performance Management can help you to keep more of the students you admit. We provide easy to use data collection templates and analytics tools that allow you to make informed, data-based decisions about your strategic retention and completion efforts.  You’ll have a plan to focus on, so that your institution can focus on taking action rather than creating a planning process. 

Key Features

The Gardner Institute Platform has the tools and templates to support you in using the following data to analyze and create your plan. 

  • Retention Data
  • Historic Analytics Data
  •  SIPS Survey
  • IPEDS Data

Our task force-based assessment model provides a  structured planning and implementation processes. We  involve faculty, staff, and students in decision-making to allow for a more inclusive and effective retention redesign.

Your Gardner Institute Advisor will work with you to plan your institutional retreat so that you can review your data with your cross functional team and begin creating your retention plan using our action plan templates. 

High implementation and lasting change start with a strong implementation plan! Your Gardner Institute advisor will guide you in the Act and Monitor phase to utilize the implementation templates to ensure enduring change.

Our team is dedicated to supporting institutions in developing and implementing plans that work in their unique context. We provide guidance on establishing a task force, offer feedback throughout the self-study process, and support implementation to promote sustained student retention. Our focus is on developing high-quality student support and academic programs to help guarantee that students are well-prepared to progress toward graduation and beyond.  

An experienced and dedicated Gardner Institute advisor assigned to your institution from the onset will guide and monitor the entire process of Retention Redesign. 


Analyze and Plan

The collection and analysis of data to create a plan for student retention.

Act and Monitor

Implementation and continuous evaluation of your plan to improve retention and graduation rates.


Now, accepting applications on a rolling basis. 

Fees are based on an institution’s undergraduate enrollment and are available by emailing for more information.

Investing in Student Success pays for itself in increased revenue.

Learn more about Retention Performance Management to support your institution through challenging times.


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