When a faculty of an open-admissions college, such as the University of Minnesota Technical College of Waseca, concerns itself with the issue of student retention, the focal point of that concern has to he the student characteristics that argue against successful completion of college work. There is more involved than class rank or GPA. These less obvious characteristics creating an academically-disadvantaged or high-risk situation might include the lack of academic courses taken in high school, a measure of poverty, a degree of rural isolation, and the difficulties inherent in being a first-generation college student.



retention, high-risk students

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