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Office of Student Retention


Visit this section for the overview of awards, criteria, online application, award selection team, progress report,final report and calendar.

See the Overview of Awards


Download PDFs of more than 50 Retention Practices that have already been identified within DCCCD.

View List of Retention Practices


Check this section frequently for Funded Awards.

See Funded Awards Executive Summaries

College enrollment rates have grown rapidly over the past forty years, but completion rates have not kept pace. The community college mission of access is being realized; however, getting students through college isn’t enough. We must help them matriculate in our colleges.

The overarching goal of the Office of Student Retention, established in the 2008-2009 academic year, is to increase the educational attainment of students matriculating through the DCCCD colleges. By identifying “best” and innovative practices in the areas of student success and engagement, the Office of Student Retention has provided more than $2 million in funding for those programs and projects with the most potential to help improve the overall retention and persistence rates of developmental education, first-time-in-college, and first generation students throughout the district.

Learn more by downloading the Overview of Student Retention Program (PDF - 108KB).

Read more about the Chief Retention Officer.

View Retention Office Organizational Chart.
The Office of Student Retention Institutes and Special Programs 

  • Office of Student Retention Institutes and Summits
    Development of staff is a critical strategy in the overall plan to increase student retention. The Student Success Summer Institutes and Developmental Studies Summits engage, educate, and motivate participants to focus on both practical and innovative plans to help our students succeed.

  • Special Programs
    Links to a series of seven webinars, with PowerPoint presentations, that focus on student retention.