Applying Financial Analysis to Student Retention

  • Pamela D. Anglin
Part of the International and Development Education book series (INTDE)


This case study focuses on how a rural community college with limited resources used break-even and return on investment (ROI) calculations to estimate the potential benefit of self-funding the cost to participate in the Achieving the Dream initiative and to gain Board of Regent support. Retention rates were analyzed and the lost revenue calculations for each student not retained were used in preparing a recommendation to participate in the Achieving the Dream student success initiative.


Community College Community College Student Student Retention Tuition Revenue Tuition Rate 
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© Stewart E. Sutin, Daniel Derrico, Rosalind Latiner Raby, and Edward J. Valeau 2011

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  • Pamela D. Anglin

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