I'd like to share an article I published in Tomorrow's Professor that offers research on a powerful and evidence-supported approach to improve student retention, success and persistence to graduation:
http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/postings.php Enter Posting #930
Synthesizing best practices from innovators in psychology, education, business, sports, and personal effectiveness, the goal of the On Course approach represents eight of the essential "things" that good learners believe and do. By guiding students to adopt these principles and tools, it empowers them to become more effective partners in their own education, giving them the outer behaviors and inner qualities to create greater success in college and in life.
Please take a careful look at a proven approach with significant results... (see http://www.oncourseworkshop.com/Data.htm)
Jonathan Brennan, PhD, EdD
Faculty, Mission College, CA