To avoid summer melt, students need to be personally engaged: Opinion

In a recent editorial, Aaron Basko argues that the impersonal and bureaucratic manner in which students are treated once they are admitted is a central cause of ‘summer melt’. To avoid this phenomenon, Basko encourages connecting students with a mentor or supporter, and connecting students to activities at their institution, such as sports. He recommends giving students a transition team made of people, not offices, that students can contact and suggests involving faculty in this. Finally, he advises administrators to extend the period over which students’ families need to complete forms, as the short 90-day period in which they usually have to do so can deter them from committing to the institution. Chronicle of Higher Ed Note: Archived stories may contain dead links or be missing source links.

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