May 23, 2022

Grand Valley State University Library “Studies Retention Rate Correlations”

From the Grand Valley Lanthorn (Student Newspaper):

The Mary Idema Pew Library has quickly become a staple of the Grand Valley State University community. [GVSU is located in Allendale, MI.] Hosting large events such as the annual Teach-In, Exam Cram activities and special exhibits, the library may also contribute to a much larger aspect of college: retention rates.

During a presentation to the University Academic Senate on Feb. 26, the body looked at data collected regarding library usage.

Starting in 2012, the library teamed up with offices in Institutional Analysis to look at retention rates based on students who have seen a librarian in class and those who have not.

What they found was a positive, statistically significant correlation between library instruction and retention rates.

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See Also: Correlation Between Library Instruction and Student Retention (35 pages; PDF)
Presentation by Mary O’Kelly, Grand Valley State University. Presented at the Southeastern Library Assessment Conference in Atlanta, Georgia on November 16, 2015.

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