Back in February.
we brought you the story of a new initiative at UW-La
Crosse that looks to do a better job retaining freshmen
students into their sophomore year.
the school finalized plans aimed towards that goal.
News eight's Eric Jacobson joins us now with the details.
Mike and Martha,
According to the latest data.
85 percent of freshmen who enrolled at UW-La Crosse.
returned last fall.
Re-imagining the First Year
the school has a plan in place.
and they hope it better helps students stay in school.
I was definitly shocked.
I wasn't prepared.
For UW-La Crosse sophomore Megan Hill.
her freshman year on campus wasn't exactly a walk
in the park.
My high school we had retakes and all of that for
quizes and exams.
Here, you do it once, and if you fail, you fail.
You're one and done.
She knew 2 friends who dropped out last year.
and she says more could be done on campus to improve
I don't feel like they do in the class, particularly.
Because you are expected to kind of adapt to it.
For co-chair of the initiative and professor Tim Dale.
succeeding in college comes from a sense of belonging.
Part of that beloging is also a question of mindset.
The mindset that I can overcome challenges when I
do poorly on something, I can work hard and become
better at it.
One of those plans is to help better teach students
about their mindset within the classroom.
Part of the mindset exercise is going to be students
actually hearing the research about how the brain
It also involves teaching study skills.
There are some people who believe that if they spend
enough hours studying, just looking at the same material
over and over again, that that's the best way to learn,
when in fact research shows that there are other ways
to study, particularly studying in groups.
Hill says those plans are a step in the right direction.
The freshmen level classes is where you are usually
put into your first year, so them just kind of helping
you along and giving you tips or extra help when you
need it would definitely be a good idea.
Hill got help at the Counceling and Testing Center.
and she says over time.
it became easier to suceed in the classroom.
After a while you just get used to what college is
like and you just adapt to your own thing.
IN LAX, EJ, N8.
Some of the other plans of the intiative include providing
more help to students who are struggling sooner.
As well as giving students an opportunity to do research
earlier in their academic careers.
UW-La Crosse is working on pilot programs.
aimed to help achieve these plans.
They hope by next year.
they can provide more retention resources.
to all students.