Colleges trying new ways to keep students from dropping out


These moves have often come after reports from faculty or campus police about repeat absences or odd behavior, or from messages they monitor on social media.

Chris Rochow, a student at Michigan Tech, was contacted by a dean when his GPA fell to 1.4 in his first semester. He was homesick, missed his girlfriend and was intimidated by lecture classes that were half the size of his entire high school.

Administrators enrolled him in a study-skills course.

If they hadn’t, “I definitely don’t think I would be here,” said Rochow, now a sophomore. “I thought, ‘Oh, wow, now they’re watching me.’ “

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