Greek System Leads Retention at Tech

Institutional Research and Planning has studied the retention of Georgia Tech students from 1993 through 2012. Cohorts were defined as first-time students who entered in the respective summer or fall terms and were full-time in the cohort-year fall term. Retention is defined as being enrolled (taking classes or participating in co-op/internship programs) during or having graduated by each successive fall term.

The report shows clearly something any Tech grad would tell you–that most don’t graduate in four years but most do in five.

Of particular interest to us is that the Greek system leads the way in giving kids a reason to stick around…something else we’ve all known for years.  What’s interesting is that the number is astounding: 97.2% of freshmen who entered in fall 2011 were still in school the following fall.  That’s a statistically significant difference from the non-Greek rate of 94.0%.

The following table illustrate the great strides Tech has made in keeping students enrolled since the early 1990s.  The reasons for this were not part of the research but possible explanations include the greater amount of academic help that is available to students since the days when STEP was the only reason some of us got through physics and chemistry, as well as the greater emphasis on competent teaching by professors and teaching assistants. Like most research-oriented schools, Tech has long faced significant challenges in this area but these days new faculty members are usually coached and monitored and there is training available for graduate students who work as teaching assistants.

Georgia Tech Freshman Retention Since 1993

Georgia Tech Freshman Retention Since 1993

For those who would like to check the report out: http://www.irp.gatech.edu/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/First-Time-Freshman-Retention-Study_Fall-2012.pdf.

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