Nicole Kotlan, the academic program director for the College of Business Administration’
“We want to ensure that students return and graduate,” Kotlan said. “That is our ultimate goal.”
Kotlan said the college’s retention rate, which was higher than the university’s average, could be a result of several programs and requirements the college and university has put into place.
“For example, we have grouped freshman business students together in their First Year Experience (FYE) class,” Kotlan said. “It is a requirement of all new students to help them adjust to college life. We linked it with two more courses; Human Communications and Exploring Business.”
Elizabeth Sinclair-Colando, the assistant dean of the College of Business Administration decided on the “linked program” to provide every new business student with a small class experience – almost like a homeroom and linked it with two traditionally large, required freshman business courses.
“The idea was for students to get to know each other well in FYE,” Sinclair-Colando said. “to provide them with familiar and friendly faces in their large classes.”
Another successful program the college established is Learning Communities. It provides on-campus residence hall living for students that share business as their major, Sinclair-Colando said.
Kotlan also attributes retention to the advising team and FYE faculty. She said professors stay in touch with their students beyond the first semester, even if it’s just a quick email to say hello and check-in.
“And, our advisors are fantastic,” Kotlan said, “They truly care about the students and provide the help needed to keep students on track from one semester to the next.”
For more information about the College of Business Administration, visit http://www.kent.edu/