SUNY Canton Student RetentionThe growth and development of our students remains the core function of SUNY Canton’s higher education practice. Faculty play an important role in helping students reach their full potential both personally and professionally through mentoring, advising, and engaging with students both inside and outside of the classroom. The Provost Office supports faculty-student engagement and student success through a variety of resources and efforts.

Engagement Programs

Academic Student Engagement Fund

A Provost-sponsored program that reimburses faculty who connect with students in or outside of the classroom for curriculum-related activities. Request for funds

$8 Fridays at Chaney

Provides faculty and staff an opportunity to engage with students outside the classroom in an open and informal setting. Faculty and staff may consider inviting strong upper division students to help mentor other students or individual students struggling with a sense of belonging who could use a little extra attention and support. Details on the Chaney program

Early Intervention, Proactive Advising/Mentoring

The proactive (intrusive) model of advising seeks to address problems before students ask for help, while they still have time to improve their grades. In this model, students learn that their academic advisor is an important connection to the college, are able to discuss short-and long-term goals or be directed to resources and additional support. Proactive advising encourages a mentoring relationship with the student while also encouraging student responsibility and participation. The Provost's Office implements multiple strategies that follow this model, including the early alert systems and RooSuccess below:

Engaged/Non-Engaged (E/NE)

Identifies students at risk by the end of the third week of the semester. Details on E/NE intervention via RooSuccess


Allows faculty to send academic alerts as well as positive feedback to students and advisors at any time. Details on RooSuccess

Cost Reduction

Research shows that 10% of students who drop out of college for financial reasons owe their institutions less than $1000, yet the average college student spends more than $900+ a year on textbooks. Economic hardship is one of the reasons students withdraw from college. Both OERs and the Textbook Program can help reduce financial barriers for our students.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Are free and openly licensed educational materials that can be used for teaching, learning, research, and other purposes. More information about OERs

Provost Library Textbook Program

Provides students with the ability to use and borrow textbooks within the Library. Details on the Textbook program

Federal Textbook Adoption Dates

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) requires all institutions receiving federal financial aid to "publish," in time for registration, a list of all required and recommended books and other course materials for all classes offered at the institution.

Literature Review

Other Related Retention Efforts