Western Illinois University honored for improving retention rate

MACOMB - Western Illinois University officials say that the institution received an award for increasing its student retention rate.  On July 9, the university was honored at a national conference hosted by Noel-Levitz.  

According to officials at the university, the retention rate of students between fall 2013 and spring 2014 improved to over 89 percent, up from 82 percent last year.  Officials also cite a mentoring programs as one reason for WIU's success in keeping students enrolled.

Jack Thomas, Western Illinois University President, says he can personally attest to the potential of mentoring relationships "to positively impact student services and retention."  Thomas added that he's proud of the initiatives the college has put in place, and that he wants to continue to ensure the success of future generations of students at the university.

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