Student Retention in Higher Education: Information Literacy and Beyond

$175.00

Dates: September 7 - October 4

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

In this asynchronous class, we will discuss major aspects of student retention.  We review case studies of librarians who lead retention programs in action. The course also includes lectures, required and suggested readings (available as open access texts online), work tools, and a chance to create a beginner’s proposal to campus administration to create a grass roots program, or to become embedded into an existing retention program. The time commitment is 15 hours over the four weeks of the course.

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1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

Experts say that student retention in academe is the continued enrollment of a student from the first year to the second year. In this class we discuss the difference a librarian makes as teacher of information literacy in mentoring and supporting students from first year to graduation. Existing campus programs may be made up of a retention or enrollment office, career services, and a tutoring center, for example. In these cases, librarians need a seat at that table.  In other situations, librarians have an opportunity to create innovative grass-roots programs. Either way, the bottom line for librarians is that the institution graduates informationally literate leaders of the future, and that they have a role to that end.
In this asynchronous class, we will discuss major aspects of retention.  We review case studies of librarians who lead retention programs in action. The course also includes lectures, required and suggested readings (available as open access texts online), work tools, and a chance to create a beginner’s proposal to campus administration to create a grass roots program, or to become embedded into an existing retention program. The time commitment is 15 hours over the four weeks of the course.

Debra Lucas

Debra LucasDebra Lucas has been the Head of Reference and Instruction at D’Youville College in Buffalo, NY, since 2002. She is the author of Marketing the 21st Century Library: The Time is Now, published by Chandos. She has been an online instructor in Library Studies since 2012. Her book chapters appear in Middle Management in Academic and Public Libraries (2011) and the 21st Century Handbook of Anthropology (2010). She has also published academic journal articles in Collaborative Librarianship (2011), the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve (2009), and the Journal of Library and Information Science (2007). Additionally, she served as an editor for the Journal of Library Innovation. Dozens of encyclopedia articles appear in the Encyclopedia of Power (2011), the Encyclopedia of Time (2009), the Encyclopedia of Anthropology (2005), and the 20th Century Encyclopedia of Pop Culture (2000). She routinely guest lectures in the field of librarianship and research (2007-). She graduated from the Western New York Library Resources Council Leadership Institute (2006-2007) and was a Leadership Institute Graduation Keynote Speaker (2009). She also serves as Faculty Senate Parliamentarian since 2019. She was awarded a Sabbatical in 2014, a Fellowship Award in 2015-2016, and was then promoted to full-librarian in 2016.

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