Boosting students' cultural experiences can increase retention, study finds

11/5/2013 | InsideHigherEd.com

Exposing first-generation college students to such cultural activities as attending concerts and plays or going to museums increases the likelihood that they will stay in college, a new study shows. The study, led by Vanderbilt University education professor John M. Braxton, outlined steps some colleges have taken to increase students' cultural exposure. For example, South Carolina's Wofford College, which has high retention rates, provides a freshman reading initiative -- with a cultural element -- and requires participation in some cultural events.

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