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Why students “break up” with universities

The next installment of the Strategic Enrollment Management series Sept. 19 offers insights and answers.

By Mark Baccei and Allie Dirks

September 10, 2019

Crew in Blue student leading campus tour.The Strategic Enrollment Management team invites you to the fifth presentation in the SEM Data Series.

Nonretained Student Analysis: The students who broke up with us

Sept. 19

2:30-3:30 p.m.

CAVEA, 4th floor JSSB

Presenter: Mark Baccei, Ph.D., enrollment-management research analyst

No RSVP necessary.

Each year, Metropolitan State University of Denver faculty, staff and leadership have more and more conversations about enrollment. These conversations focus on numbers, strategies, opportunities and concerns and often raise questions such as:

  • Why did these students leave?
  • Where did they go?
  • Weren’t they happy here?
  • Were they always planning to leave?
  • Could we have done something to help them?
  • How are they doing now?

All these questions, while related to student departure, awkwardly sound a little bit like a breakup. So what can MSU Denver do to strengthen our student relationships? The first step is finding answers.

By merging student-level data with data from the National Student Clearinghouse, the SEM team sought to learn more about nonretained MSU Denver students. The presentation will examine key data elements uncovered to shed light on the various subgroups that make up the broader nonretained population. Finally, attendees will learn about trends among students who have transferred out to new institutions, including institutional type and major.

For more information about the SEM Data Series, please contact Baccei at 303-605-5436 or

Topics: Events, Retention, Student Success

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