ATG Article of the Week: Want to Improve Student Retention? Enlist Some Librarians

by | Oct 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Sean Kennedy of the UNLV News Center reports that “a national, multi-institutional study finds that academic library instruction helps keep undergraduates in school.

“What comes to mind when you think of how university librarians help undergraduate students?

Research would be top of the list for most. And while that’s true, a new multi-institutional study led by Melissa Bowles-Terry, head of educational initiatives at UNLV University Libraries, revealed that academic libraries contribute in another critical way: They help students stay in school.

Previous studies demonstrated that undergraduate research experiences and developing a sense of belonging have a major impact on student success, Bowles-Terry said, while others have shown that library instruction fosters both. But Bowles-Terry’s initial findings linking university libraries and librarians directly to student retention are a compelling addition to the story of impact these spaces and professionals have on student success.

The study identified three major findings: …

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(The above photo is by Josh Hawkins / UNLV Creative Services)

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