Office of Retention


The Office of Retention supports the University’s focus on retention (largely freshmen), predictive analytics, tailored programming and the development of 21st century praxis’ for the next generation of students. This office provides innovative and purposefully crafted programs and services for all first-year and transfer students with less than 31 credit hours. Further, this office integrates varied resources and collaborates with Student Affairs and Enrollment Management to ensure students have a solid educational foundation coupled with a rich collegiate experience. OoR’s initiatives and institutional collaboration with various units (Career Services, Global Education, Academic Empowerment and Access, Student Leadership Development, and CSU Dayton to name a few) serves to strengthen students’ foundational year and serve as a catalyst for institutional retention. These include:

  • First Year Seminar (FYS)

    FYS 1101 is required for all first-year students and transferring students with fewer than 31 credit hours. The primary goal of this course is to help first-year students make a successful transition to university life. Topics include CSU’s history and traditions, study skills, values, time management, financial literacy, teamwork, and civic engagement. The course is organized to provide for traditional classroom settings, a number of general sessions focusing on issues of universal importance and active participation in the university’s convocation program. This course also provides new students with the opportunity to learn how to navigate the university system and maximize the use of university resources (departments, faculty, and staff).

    FYS 1102 is required for all first-year students who are placed on academic probation after the first semester. This course is designed to help students with goal setting, time management, reading comprehension, study skills, and reflection. The goal of this course is designed to redevelop and implement a successful academic plan to sustained matriculation.

  • The Nubian Experience

    This new interdisciplinary approach serves to integrate freshmen into the academic and social experience at Central State and connect them with key juniors, seniors, and mentors. TNE facilitates the exploration of self, voice and purpose through campus community dialogues, book reads in a forum of facilitated care and consideration and a Male Initiative. TNE’s forums serve to facilitate academic critique, social inquiry, and relationship building in a forum for student exchange and reverence for each other thus working towards the University’s student retention goal.