Data Trends – Retention Rate

Based on IPEDS Data Trend generator, Hollins University’s fall to fall retention rate has been improving in the past years, with a set back in 2021. Monitoring Hollin’s retention trend in comparison to other non-profit, four year private institution in Virginia provides insight on decisions about retention. In the coming years, Hollins aims to increase its retention rate to 80%.

Chart: IPEDS Retention (Hollins) vs. SCHEV Retention (Across VA)

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Hollins University Data Dis-aggregation

Hollins University tracks its fall to fall retention rate by dis-aggregating its data by first-generation, limited income and student of color.  Clicking on the chart will enlarge it for clarity

Chart 1: First Generation retention trend line

Even though the trend line for first generation students runs parallel to the overall retention rate, it falls below it across all years. The drop in 2015 and 2018 has rippling effect on the graduation rate for this cohort.

Retention Chart

Chart 2: Limited Income (LI) retention trend line

Limited Income (LI) students retain less than non-LI students. The disparity between this group percentage points to that of the overall rate at times large (2015. 2018) . In 2021, non-LI students retained much better than LI students.

Chart 3: Student of Color (SoC) retention trend line

Student of Color (SoC) trend line tend to run opposite of non-SoC across the years, retaining better in years where non-SoC students have not retained as well.