Return to Retention List
Description of the Student Population.
The population served by the
Unlimited Learning Center/SWBOCS Adult Education Program is
primarily made up of three groups. They are the Native American
Population, the Hispanic population, and the Caucasian population.
We are currently serving students from 16-54. Our current
statistics show that the majority (over 50%) of our clients are of
poverty level income. We provide classes for all levels 0
(Beginning ESL) through 12.9+.
List of positive retention
practices that are in place for all students served.
The Positive Retention
Practices practiced by the Unlimited Learning Center for Retention
In-depth student interviews
Count week incentives for attendance.
We will be trying a student store this year.
Incentives – Movie passes, restaurant
coupons, gift certificates, recreation center passes, etc.
GED Fee Scholarships
A new facility
Recruitment calls and letters
GED incentives TTA office gives $100.00 to
students who sign on with them and then graduate.
Gifts and graduation incentives
Scholarships to San Juan Basin Technical
School; Regional Energy Training Center and area colleges.
Help in filling out FASFA’s
The student population that I work with
primarily is our PPOR count. These are the students between 17 and
21 for whom we collect funds for educating. I occasionally work
with older students. This population is considered At Risk, High
Risk, relative to substance abuse, anger management issues, and
psychological issues. The average SPL for these students ranges
between 2.5 and 7.9 for Math and 3.0 and 9.0 for Reading. (Stats
were averaged over the last 4 years)
We will be using incentives of items
ordered through NAEIR catalogues. The students will receive
scripts (tickets for level increase) and they may be used to
collect items from the incentive store. As is in most business
situations, incentives and bonuses are used to increase learning
We will be using 2 hour slots for
students. We have found that the productivity falls off after
two hours of class. The average attention span for an adult is
less than 15 minutes. The students are looking forward to a
high speed, concentrated class of shorter duration. This appeal
is aimed at targeting the students who need more time to work
for financial support.
We will use co-enrollment in our area
Vo-Tech College for exceptional students. This makes it
possible for a student to achieve an Associate Degree while
working on the GED. Life-long learning must be facilitated to
meet the time allocations for students who are starting from
behind. These students will be able to make up for time spent
less wisely. Ann Miller and staff
We will process the enrollees in a
timely and efficient manner by setting up the “Assembly-line”
process of enrollment. Students who a working face a time
dilemma, every hour away from work means less money for the
family or for self-sufficiency. Ann Miller and staff
We have pared down the paperwork for
students enrolling at our Center. The paper work can be
overwhelming for a student to complete. The aim of the Center
is to accommodate students, remove barriers, and complete state
required forms at the same time. Ann Miller and staff.
We are breaking the testing into
parts. The length of testing often overwhelms the students.
This can translate into fear, irritation, or inability of
students to enroll. By breaking the testing sessions into parts
the students are allowed breaks during which they can have
nourishment and camaraderie with other students. This will in
turn help students form bonds. Ann Miller and staff
Most of these strategies
came from brain-storming sessions with the staff. If one person
made a suggestion, it was followed through and hammered into
Return to Retention List